WARNING: This post contains spoilers for Black Panther and Avengers: Infinity Wars. So if you haven’t watched either or neither of the two, I’m not responsible for your emotions after you read this and then watch the movie.
People of Wakanda! Get in here! We have urgent matters to discuss.
I know a lot of you may have scoured the internet for spoilers, mistakes, etc, but I promise you, you won’t find this particular mistake elsewhere. I haven’t even heard this spoken of elsewhere aside from Black Panther, so I’m wondering where this particular mistake jumped out from. Was it even a mistake? Or was it a silly and deliberate?
I’ll just get straight to the point then.
Remember the Museum scene where Erik Killmonger, Klaue and the rest of the team went to steal artifacts? I’m sure you do.
The ‘expert’ or curator, or as I like to call here ‘white lady from the museum scene’, walked up to Erik and started answering questions about the artifacts he asked about, trying to make her boundless knowledge known.
After Erik asked about the mask from Ghana, up next was the mask from Nigeria, Benin City to be exact, called the Mask of Queen Idia. But guess what, this is exactly where the big mistake is.
The woman actually told Erik Killmonger that the mask was from, “the EDO people OF BENIN!”
The first time I heard it was at the cinema. I thought I heard it wrongly, and obviously I couldn’t rewind to check if I was hard of hearing. A few days ago, the HD version was available for download, so I downloaded it and watched it twice.
Well, guess what again? I wasn’t wrong! I heard the lady perfectly well. She actually did say “the EDO PEOPLE OF BENIN.”
Let me explain what she meant if you haven’t caught on yet. In the same manner that she described the Ghanian mask as being from the “Bobo Ashanti tribe, present day Ghana” (Now I don’t know if this Ghanian description is correct yet), but she goes on to describe the next, my dear tribal artifact, as being from the “EDO PEOPLE OF BENIN!”
I was like, “Hol up, Hol up. You said what? Edo people of Benin? Wakanda thing did she just say?”
If you’re not from Nigeria, I’ll just make this clear so you’ll understand. Benin is not a country, it was never a country. Edo is a state in Nigeria, and Benin is a city in Edo state. Edo/Bini is a tribe in Nigeria. I don’t know where these people got their history from. I’m not understanding how they managed to get this huge detail wrong.
If they were referring to Benin Republic, which is a country in Africa, I would manage, but they ended up showing the mask and killed every defense I was building up for them. I literally had to watch that scene six more times and do lots of research to be sure I wasn’t going to give you guys wrong info like our Wakanda brothers and sisters did.
First, people thought Africa was a country. Now the makers of Black Panther have the rest of the world thinking Edo is a tribe in a country called Benin in Africa! I’m done! I give up!
What part of history are we subtly narrating wrongly?
ACCENTS! ACCENTS! They had ‘AFRICAN’ accents!
Another thing to note about the movie, is that the pidgin spoken was really bad. I mean, I get that you want these actors having ‘African’ accents, but really, Pidgin itself has it’s own accent fam! The scene in NIgeria, where T’Chala went to rescue ‘our wife’, he threw some Wakanda tech at the trucks carrying women and the trucks stopped. The drivers came down from their vehicles to check what the cause was, and this happened:
Someone actually said, “The car no start.” You have to re-watch this scene to understand what I’m talking about. It was terrible. The accent used was hideous.
Couldn’t they just pay an actual Nigeria to help them speak the pidgin?
Even the man that spoke Hausa too, had their Black Panther ‘African’ accent. There was nothing Hausa about his accent.
This post won’t be complete without two more points.
Our King Can’t Protect Us!
The fact that T’Chala got beat up too much. His character was weak despite the illusion of his ‘Bleck Penther’ strength. What’s the use of telling us he has animal skills and then disappoint us fellow Wakandians by allowing our king get beat up like a regular Wakanda citizen.
Black Panther Narrowly Escaped Death!
Even in Avengers: Infinity wars, our oga was beaten up pretty bad too. No wonder he’s one of the heroes that disappeared before the movie ended. He’s just lucky that the latest yoruba demon, OluwaTHANOS did not kill him off. He would have been one of the heroes that Marvel said would be permanently dead till ‘thy kingdom comes’. His usefulness had expired after all the talking drums and killer sound tracks gave us life in his own movie.
Now our king disgraced us, and we won’t take it lightly. We would mourn and appoint our sister, Shuri, the new Black Panther and queen of Wakanda.
Before I go, I legit felt my hopes were dashed when I watched the movie at first. They killed all the villains, and if you remove all the tech, graphics, and soundtracks, Black Panther did not live up to the hype for me. The plot wasn’t bullet proof enough. All the same, I love the movie and I’ll love to watch it for the 6th time.
This ends my angry rant of disappointments.
What are your thoughts? As always, let’s discuss in the comment section.