Luxury Connect Africa hosted eight of the continent’s most prestigious brands with the aim to leverage innovation in the luxury industry, redefine African heritage and transform the economic and social landscape of Africa.
Wakanda: A Hint of Africa
This month, when Marvel’s Black Panther hits the big screen, you would meet the super-villain M’baku. However, only comic book nerds would know Man-Ape, M’baku’s alter ego, whose name Marvel has expediently excluded from the movie. Though this suggests that the world is waking up to Africa, the recent HnM faux pas highlights how slowly that consciousness is rising. In uncertainty about the continent, the world has settled for negative narrative and convenient misrepresentations of Africa’s heritage. That heritage is rich in technology, creativity and sustainability, as Marvel hopefully displays with the nation of Wakanda. Highlighting these positives has been difficult, given the fragmentation of subjects and geography that constitute Africa’s heritage.
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