I am a Wakandan

Bukola Olafenwa
4 min readNov 8, 2018


Absolutely! I choose to be one because I have visited Wakanda, and discovered it is the most beautiful place in the world where there are a lot of great opportunities for women: their aspirations, passions, endowments and rights are sincerely fostered.
Every woman stands the chance to become an only general in Wakanda, as my eyes have seen, my ears have heard, and my fingers can type it all, that in spite of the impressive figure of powerful men in the country, women are not only given the opportunity to serve, but also permitted to rise to the top echelon of its army. Okoye and her military fellows are supreme examples. They overshadow, dominate and monopolise the entire military system successfully. I can imagine myself being honoured to stand in military glory, proudly declare, “I am ever loyal to the throne,” and defend it well over and above all forms of feminine sentiment: I will think, act like a man blessed with a perfect will, and no matter what, say “Wakanda forever!” Or is it still contestable that what a man can do, a woman can do, and even better? Wow! Blissful thinking there!

In a world where men lead, rule the world of science and technology, and the very few interested and capable women are being lured by worried giant global stakeholders to come into the field with all commitment, help bridge the gender gap, and develop the sector more and more, Wakanda stands out as the only country in the world that has a foremost female scientist, Shuri, who manages, prospers and transforms its almighty vibranium into stark stunning inventions, an indomitable weaponry and very reliable defensive products.

Also, with the vibranium, this effeminate prodigy heals a virtually dead foreign intelligence operative and victim of trigger-happy Killmonger, Everett K. Ross, overnight. And she does it easily and with great fun. This manner, she commoves the feminine spirit in me, let me aim productively to go all out to become a renowned scientist, as well as a rare healer, master healer in a lifetime. Maybe I could master the innovative ways of the only feminine genius Wakanda possesses, assist or occupy her position in future, and harness the “magical” resource well. I will be more than glad to step into her shoes.

Besides, Shuri, who doubles as a dearest sister to Wakanda’s King and Black Panther, T’Challa, loves the latter very much. She wishes challenges against him never happen and helps him relive, fight, conquer and reclaim his true position as Wakanda’s deserved ruler. She displays such an invaluable affection and support to an adorable extent that sets a titanic precedent, motivates me to be a classical sister to my brothers.

The story of Wakanda provokes the woman in me to love, to love truly, to believe in the power, might of love to break through odds, find a way in the wilderness of circumstances. It speaks volume of the potency of love to fight the war of fate with everything and emerge victorious at the end of it all, as manifested by Nakia towards son of T’Chaka, T’Challa.

Moreover, Wakanda inspires me to be a future best mother. Wakanda’s king is blessed with one.

All she says, does are directed toward guiding, protecting, promoting, even advancing the progress of her son. She is available anytime, every time he needs her. At the verge of losing to the dreaded M’Baku, she encourages him, screams, “Show him who you are!” And it works.
Eventually, when he loses to vengeful bloodthirsty Killmonger in the most deadly challenge to the throne ever, she dies with him, yet, chases after his defeated, absconding spirit, and with the help of fate, catches up with it, reclaims it and resurrects with him.

Created by Marvel Comics, Wakanda is as great a film as Black Panther. Wakanda as a film is an enchantress; causes my heart to leap, soar above every constraint, find, and explore all possibilities the earth has to offer womanhood.
As a country, Wakanda is simply a gender-blind one, popularises gender equality over discrimination, and defines gender identity as though no role is gender-specific.

Dreaming a Wakandan queen would succeed T’Challa in a succeeding part remains a battle Wakandan women must win to have total political control and success. I hope they are reading this (I am just trying to solidarise; I can’t stop laughing, thinking and wishing the ‘East African’ extraordinary beauties with shaven heads or well knitted hairstyles the very best). On the whole, Wakanda (Black Panther) deserves an eternal compliment as one of the very best produced films in the year 2018.



Bukola Olafenwa

Alumna, Obafemi Awolowo University, Nigeria; University of Westminster, London.