#SpoilerAlert (Which shame on you if you haven't seen Black Panther yet, haha.)
Guys...you should've known it was coming. After seeing Marvel's Black Panther twice last week, I had to give my thoughts. First of all, let me just start by saying...HEY CHADWICK! *insert 10 heart eyes emojis here*
(Before I continue, it is important to note that I have not read the comics, so this is only based off of what I watched in the movie...I know, shame on me.)
Now let's discuss the real stars of the movie...the women, the QUEENS that held down Wakanda with such power and elegance. The beautiful and well-respected Queen Ramonda (Angela Bassett). The BRILLIANT and sassy Princess Shuri (Letitia Wright). The fierce and fearless Okoye (Danai Gurira). All of the powerful warriors who were forces to be reckoned with, the Dora Milaje. Even the elders who were filled with wisdom and class. Each of the women of this majestic country made me feel proud to be a Black woman because they possessed such grace and independence. They showed everyone that this world would be nothing without the strength of a woman.
You want to know whose story moved me the most? The brave and sharp-witted Nakia (Lupita Nyong’o). And noooo, it's not just because she had the opportunity to play the love interest of my beloved T'Challa (Chadwick Boseman)...
We were introduced to her character when T'Challa stepped in during her rescue mission to inform her that his father had passed and he would be taking the throne as the new King of Wakanda. Although Nakia agreed to be there to support him, she made it very clear that once that moment was over, she would go back to completing her work as a spy. This alone showed me that Nakia is a woman on a mission, literally and figuratively.
To me, Nakia exuded a spirit of resilience as she confidently walked in her calling. Her role as a spy was obviously not an easy one, but she knew that she had a purpose that was bigger than her. Her ideas for the advancement of the human race and her dedication to serving others was admirable - she did not back down from her beliefs...even when T'Challa slightly disagreed with her views. Nakia knew that there were gifts that had been placed within her and she knew the huge opportunity that she had to make a difference in the world. Because of this, she was NOT afraid to step outside of her comfort zone and leave behind her old life to carry on her purpose.
During the entire movie, Nakia remained true to Wakanda, true to T'Challa, true to her mission, but most importantly, true to herself.
She somehow managed to fight for those around her without giving up the fight for herself. She also loved and supported so many people, including a man she had fallen for, but even that didn't stop her from remembering her end goal. I am inspired by this character because so often we lose focus and/or we give so much of ourselves to everyone else that we have nothing left for our own being. It is so easy to get sidetracked when you're pushing toward your goals or discouraged when adversity comes knocking on your door, but Nakia didn't let any of that get in her way.
Nakia spoke to the young woman in me who is stepping out into the world striving to fulfill God's purpose. Nakia also spoke to that little girl who was once afraid to take on the challenges that come with being a woman in the fight to pursue her calling. We are all being called to achieve greatness; however, having a calling on your life requires not only hard work, but sacrifice. You may have to leave your hometown to get that degree or that career that God has for you. You may even have to leave people who you love and cherish so that you can spread your wings (cliché, I know). But, the common theme that we've seen in Black Panther is "anything worth having is worth fighting for." Also, anything that God has for you will make its way back into your life when the time is right. T'Challa made a way for her to continue her life's work while also staying in Wakanda and rekindling their love. People who truly love you will not try to hold you back from your destiny - if anything, they will help you reach it.
Watching Nakia's character unfold throughout the movie sparked a flame within me that I felt was burning out. After analyzing her role in this movie, I could hear God telling me to never allow anything to hold me back from what He has in store for me - no person, no fear, NOTHING. I am channeling my inner Nakia by not settling in comfort and by pressing forward no matter what hardships I may face. I am also channeling Nakia in the way that I love and serve people from all walks of life. Thanks to this movie and the encouraging messages that were presented throughout, I know many of us are feeling rejuvenated and ready to conquer the world!
One more thing - WAKANDA...