Award-winning Kenyan photographer Osborne Macharia was commissioned by Marvel to create an “exclusive art piece” in conjunction with the film “Black Panther”
Macharia created a project titled Ilgelunot, which translates to “The Chosen Ones” in the Maasai language. The piece tells the story of three elders of Maasai origin who were Black Panther’s most trusted advisors—a role played in the movie by Chadwick Boseman.
The elders were saved during World War 2 by the old king of Wakanda T’Chaka after they strayed across North Africa in search of refuge, the two men and one woman were exposed to Vibranium, which gave them supernatural powers, but left them blind. The elders eventually became the Black Panther’s most trusted advisors.
In a Facebook post, Macharia said the project was “A proud moment to be part of the most important Afrofuturistic movie in my generation.”
Take a look at the pieces below