14. The History of Wakanda
T’Challa is the king of Wakanda, a fictional African country with a fascinating history. T’Challa’s father, T’Chaka, was king of the nation when he discovered a vast source of Vibranium. Believing that western powers would ravage and exploit the country if they found out about the Vibranium, T’Chaka closed the country off to the world, allowing it to develop advanced technologies in complete isolation from the rest of the global community.
By the time T’Chaka opened the country up to the world again, Wakanda had become the most technologically advanced nation in the world, and you can see the futuristic aesthetics of its capital city, Birnin Zana in the trailers for Black Panther. The fictional history of Wakanda offers a vision for what an African nation might look like without the burden of colonialism.
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