Meet 5 Of The Black Panther Actors Who Are Africans (Photos)

Black Panther is a 2018 American superhero film based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name, directed by Ryan Coogler , who co-wrote the screenplay with Joe Robert Cole, produced by Marvel Studios and distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures. The film tells the story of T’Challa who returns home to the African nation of Wakanda, after the death of his father, to take his rightful place as king.


When a powerful enemy suddenly reappears, T’Challa’s mettle as king — and as Black Panther — gets tested when he’s drawn into a conflict that puts the fate of Wakanda and the entire world at risk. Faced with treachery and danger, the young king must rally his allies and release the full power of Black Panther to defeat his foes and secure the safety of his people.


The film stars Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira , Martin Freeman , Daniel Kaluuya ,Letitia Wright, Winston Duke , Angela Bassett, Forest Whitaker , and Andy Serkis, etc.

Out of the actors who star in the movie, here are 5 of them who are Africans.


#1. Daniel Kaluuya, Uganda


Daniel Kaluuya, born 24 February 1989, is a British male actor and writer. Kaluuya began his career as a teenager in improvisational theatre.


He subsequently appeared in the first two seasons of the British television series Skins , in which he co-wrote some of the episodes. Playing the lead role in Sucker Punch at the Royal Court Theatre in London, Kaluuya won rave reviews for his performance and he won both the Evening Standard Award and Critics’ Circle Theatre Award for Outstanding Newcomer.

He was awarded 2019 Screen Actors Guild Awards for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture for his superb performance in Black Panther movie.


#2. Danai Gurira, Zimbabwe

Danai Jekesai Gurira, born February 14, 1978, is an American female actor and playwright. In 2018, she played Okoye in the Marvel Cinematic Universe superhero films Black Panther.


Apart from Black Panther, she is also known for her starring roles as Michonne on the AMC horror drama series The Walking Dead (2012–2020) and Avengers: Infinity War (2018), and Avengers: Endgame (2019).

For her excellent role in Black Panther movie, she was was awarded Saturn Awards for Best Supporting Actress (2017), MTV Movie Awards for Best On-Screen Team (2018), People’s Choice Awards for The Action Movie Star of 2018, Black Reel Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress (2018), Screen Actors Guild Awards for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture (2019), and nominated for 2018 MTV Movie Awards for Best On-Screen Team Black Panther.


#3. Lupita Nyong’o, Kenya

Lupita Nyong’o is an international filmmaker and female actor known for her Academy Award-winning role as Patsey in ’12 Years a Slave’ and as Nakia in ‘Black Panther.’


Born in 1983 in Mexico City, Mexico, Lupita Nyong’o started acting as a teen in Kenya and went on to work behind the scenes of the film The Constant Gardener. She directed and produced the albinism documentary In My Genes and starred in the TV series Shuga. Nyong’o went on to earn acclaim for her role as Patsey in 12 Years a Slave (2013), for which she won the 2014 Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. The following year, she starred in Star Wars: The Force Awakens and the Off-Broadway play Eclipsed. The actress also featured prominently in the box office-shattering superhero flick Black Panther (2018).



Having taken to drama and obtaining the lead role in a production of Romeo and Juliet, Nyong’o also returned to Mexico during her teens to learn Spanish.


#4. Florence Kasumba, Uganda

Florence Kasumba, born 26 October 1976, is a German female actor of Ugandan origin.


Other than acting in German and Dutch films, she is most known for playing Ayo in Captain America: Civil War , Black Panther and Avengers: Infinity War . She also played Senator Acantha in Wonder Woman , Shenzi in The Lion King , and the Wicked Witch of the East in the NBC television series Emerald City.


Florence Kasumba was in Kampala , Uganda. She spent her childhood in Essen , Germany, where she attended elementary school and high school. After watching the musical Starlight Express at the age of 12, she was inspired to become a performer. She earned her degree in acting, singing, and dancing from Fontys University of Applied Sciences in Tilburg , the Netherlands. Kasumba is fluent in German, English, and Dutch. She resides in Berlin , Germany.

Kasumba appeared alongside Nyong’o in Black Panther , where Kasumba played a member of the Dora Milaje.


#5. John Kani, South Africa

Bonisile John Kani, born 30 August 1943, is a South African male actor , author , director and playwright , known for portraying T’Chaka in the Marvel Cinematic Universe films Captain America: Civil War (2016) and Black Panther (2018), Rafiki in the 2019 remake of The Lion King and Colonel Ulenga in the Netflix film Murder Mystery (2019).


Kani was born in New Brighton , Eastern Cape ,South Africa. In 1975, after appearing in Athol Fugard’s anti-apartheid play Sizwe Banzi Is Dead , which he also co-wrote, Kani returned to South Africa.


Kani is executive trustee of the John Kani Theatre Foundation, founder and director of the John Kani Theatre Laboratory and chairman of the National Arts Council of SA. He starred as T’Chaka in the Marvel Studios blockbusters Captain America: Civil War (2016) and Black Panther (2018).


In 2019, Kani appeared in the Netflix film Murder Mystery where he played Colonel Ulenga. He then voiced Rafiki in The Lion King (the live action remake of the Disney animated film)