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Nov 8, 2022
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Celebrating the ‘Women of Wakanda Forever’ While Addressing Gender Bias

The Women of Wakanda Virtual Summit and Special Screening hosted by Cinergy Entertainment and Sanicle will be held on November 11, 2022. The event will showcase women innovation and provide an opportunity to recommit to achieving true and irreversible gender equality. Sanicle's initiatives and campaigns, such as The Period Passport Book, Period Genie game, Period Genie Animated Short film, will be featured at the event.  Register to attend the event HERE |Date: Friday, November 11, 2022 |Time: 12 p.m. - 2 p.m. ET| Access the virtual event on YouTube or LinkedIn 

Anyone who watched Black Panther would have thought that the most obvious rival for T’Challa’s throne was Killmonger but all along,it was the Dora Milaje, the women warriors who loyally protect their country’s leader. Okoye, played by the marvelous Danai Gurira, was the chief military strategist for the wealthiest nation on earth. In the teaser for “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever,” we see the Dora Milaje, including Ayo (Florence Kasumba reprising her role) and Aneka (Michaela Coel, joining the cast), taking an even more prominent role and confronting a new enemy, Namor, the Sub-Mariner, played by Tenoch Huerta.

The Women of Wakanda will be celebrated in a Virtual Summit and Special Screening on November 11, 2022. The event will showcase women innovation and provide an opportunity to recommit to achieving true and irreversible gender equality. The event, 'Celebrating Women Extraordinary X', gathers high profile women of the African diaspora to discuss and connect how to build the next generation of Extraordinary Women on the themes of the highly anticipated release of the November 11th Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. These C-Suite leaders and innovators are creating the strategies, technologies and models that will help lead to a more sustainable and inclusive way of making the Future Happen. 

The kingdom of Wakanda is reeling at the start of the follow-up to 2018's groundbreaking Marvel movie "Black Panther." The beloved King T'Challa dies at the opening of "Black Panther: Wakanda Forever." Walt Disney Co's (DIS.N) Marvel Studios decided not to cast another actor in the role of T'Challa. Instead, writer and director Ryan Coogler crafted a new chapter that brings the women of Wakanda front and center. 

The virtual summit underscores the need to intensify efforts to eliminate the strains of inequality and gender bias in society. It is hosted by Anitra Parish of National Women's Political Caucus. There is a HeforShe panel with goodwill remarks from Atento Capital Lawrence Watkins with support from Phocused Media Group and produced by Alarinka TV. Other panels include Entrepreneurship, Impact Investment, HeForShe and Tech Jobs/Remote Working boast speakers from Apple, Thomas Reuters, Deloitte, Northrop Grumman, TANTV and US Department of State. Desiree Frieson will virtually present a closing Keynote Presentation on Funding Femtech Innovations that chronicles the stories of Build in Tulsa Women who have shaped societies. 

"T'Challa surrounded himself with powerful women," actor Letitia Wright said in an interview. "We see these women in this film step into another level of leadership, together." Though it may not be in the way you’d expect, this new chapter speaks directly to the real struggle of loss and identity, in the wake of T’Challa’s death. Chadwick Boseman brought the original Black Panther to life with such passion and power, and his loss has been felt by fans around the world. Wakanda Forever honors Boseman’s legacy while also introducing new characters and storylines. Coogler says that the focus on the women of Wakanda was always part of the plan, but it takes on new significance in light of Boseman’s passing.

“The truth is, we always wanted to explore the women of Wakanda more in this film. In Wakanda, they are the ones who run things, they are the heart of the country. And so it just felt right to honor Chad in this way, to show the strength and power of the women of Wakanda,” says Coogler.

In an interview, Lupita Nyong’o made a statement that sheds light about why the women of Wakanda are worthy of a conversation applicable to the times we live in today. She said: 

“The undervaluing of women because of their gender doesn’t exist in Wakanda. We saw that in the first film, which is why it resonated. This new film continues with the conceit that this is a world where those things don’t exist. But the question we’re tackling is not their womanhood. It’s their beliefs, passions, loves and arguments, and it creates a robust drama. Hopefully, the world as we know it watches and is empowered by it, despite itself. What I love about the Wakanda story is that it offers us a version of a world that we are striving to get to. Women have equity with men in Wakanda. There is just an effortless way in which they hold power."

"I think it is a good example for us in the world we live in, that it shouldn't be remarkable for women to be in charge. They are very capable," she added. With the sequel seeing a shift of focus from the predominantly male-orientated first movie, to a female-focused sequel— Screen Rant, producer Nate Moore and director Ryan Coogler recently told a press conference that the female-centric story came about as a natural progression of the story.

Register Here to attend Sanicle's Women of Wakanda virtual summit.This event sheds light on the importance of African-inspired foresight and future thinking to unleash the continent’s untapped potential.
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