This is brilliant writing. It has echoed a few thoughts that were on my heart and actually left me with a lot to think about. So much so that I elected to reblog this to my empty design thoughts page, rather than my archive of passing thoughts I keep to get nostalgic over. I do this because for me this is a conversation I want to keep time with and root my design and its process from. I am not one given to concerning myself with the politic climate we live in. I see it as that tool foreign tool which has handicapped our leaders and has retired any inventive systems they might have had at heart. A dynamic system that they are reaching to understand, but which is always two steps ahead. they are trapped in learning how to use it and not applying it. I always wonder if it wouldn’t be easier to revert back to our old systems. Something we felt we had more control over, and work on updating that instead. However, like I said, I am not one to indulge myself in politic thoughts. This movie however did depict a place I like to go when I design for my native context. A reality not weighed down by its history of being robbed, miseducated and then poorly represented. I’m teaching myself to design from a place of abundance, privilege, and ask my creative works to tell a tale of wealth, resourcefulness and fearlessness.
So when I watched ‘The Black Panther’ I watched it and the words of the song ” Killing me Softly” as song specifically by Ms Hill grabbed my heart. Because while it was not exactly what I see when I resign myself to viewing how Africa truly is (it does have some really good things I had not progressed to associating with Africa; the technology.. My God) It was a good place to reference. Like Lebohang Nova Masango says in ‘To-Do List For Africa’, I encourage us to unlearn our problems and hurt.
Rahawa Haile | Longreads | February 2018 | 12 minutes (3,078 words)
(Spoiler alert! This essay contains numerous spoilers about the film Black Panther.)
By the time I sat down to watch Ryan Coogler’s Black Panther, a film about a thriving, fictional African country that has never been colonized, 12 hours had passed since the prime minister of Ethiopia resigned following years of protest and civil unrest. It would be another 12 hours before the country declared a state of emergency and enforced martial law, as the battle for succession began. Ethiopia has appeared in many conversations about Black Panther since the film’s release, despite an obvious emphasis on Wakanda, the Black Panther’s kingdom, being free of outside influences — and finances.
While interviews with Coogler reveal he based Wakanda on Lesotho, a small country surrounded on all sides by South Africa, it has become clear…
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