Wakanda Forever! ‘Black Panther’ Bug Bites Sports
'Black Panther' is more than a movie, it is a movement.
A reawakening for black people on the African continent and in diaspora, it goes beyond the chants of 'Wakanda forever' or the longing for a land that lives only in our imaginations.
'Black Panther' has reminded every black person that they are brave, strong and can achieve anything they set their minds to.
This new thought wave has found itself in 'Black Panther' inspired fashion and art.
Now it seems that sports is not left out in the quest for 'Wakanda' and the 'Black Panther' perfection.
The power of 'Black Panther' was felt during the NBA All-Star Weekend Slam Dunk championship.
The lead actor of the movie, Chadwick Boseman handed the Black Panther mask to Indiana Pacers star, Victor Oladipo, who then proceeded to make a memorable dunk while wearing the mask.
NBA’s social media team then went ahead to tweet a photo of a proposed Black Panther-themed jersey which makes one wonder if Wakanda is not more than a figment of our imagination.
The Black Panther movement has also found a home in football.
Manchester United players, Jesse Lingard and Paul Pogba celebrated the lone goal against Chelsea last Sunday, February 25, with the Wakanda salute.
Who knows maybe Gabon and Arsenal player, Emmerick Aubameyang, who has previously celebrated goals by wearing Batman and Spider-Man masks might just get a Black Panther mask to celebrate his goals for the gunners.
Or perhaps some other player, to celebrate his goal, will expose a shirt written 'Wakanda Forever'.