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Atiku writes on Lessons learned from watching “Black Panther”



Atiku writes on Lessons learned from watching "Black Panther" - BellaNaijaFormer Vice President Atiku Abubakar on Saturday took a trip to the cinema with his kids to see Marvel blockbuster “Black Panther.”

The one time presidential candidate also paid tickets for everyone present in the cinema to see the movie.

Atiku, on his Medium, has written about the lessons he’s learned from the movie.

In the post titled “Black Panther — A good film with many lessons for Nigeria,” the president listed various things he learned, including Killmonger‘s philosophy being terrible, and women being vital to Africa’s development.

Read his story below:

Black Panther — A good film with many lessons for Nigeria
Over the weekend, I joined my children to watch the much talked about ‘Black Panther’. It was a good film, and I was happy they took me to see it. However, I came out of the movie theatre a little upset.

When the first scenes came up, and I saw “Sambisa Forest” I was unhappy that the only reference the film makers could have for Nigeria was a negative one, but I was later encouraged by the thought of Africans solving African problems. That is a good thing, the kinds of things we used to do. For young people who may not remember, Nigerian civil servants and indeed most able citizens used to contribute money every month to support the struggle against Apartheid in South Africa. Nigeria was the single stabilizing force across West Africa. Helping to restore peace in Liberia and Sierra Leone are examples of the gigantic status we once had.

Seeing another African country come play ‘Big Brother’ to Nigeria made me very sad. We must return to a place of respect. We may argue that the film is a work of fiction, but there are many truths in the story — one of them being that young girls are being abducted by terrorists across the northeast of Nigeria, and they need to be rescued. Only recently, a band of terrorists stormed another girls’ school in Dapchi, Yobe State. After days of confusing information, it is now confirmed that 110 girls are missing. Nigeria has once again been thrown into sorrow with many of us wishing that there was indeed a ‘Black Panther’ to help rescue the girls.

Here are my takeaways on Black Panther:

Institutions are important
Wakanda was portrayed as a technological giant, which ruled by great kings, supported by a council, and traditions are held in high esteem. But it was easy to see that most of the decisions are those of the king, which presents serious institutional problems. Institutional order in the dispensation of justice could have helped handle the betrayal of Wakanda by the king’s brother, which would have prevented the hatred of Wakanda which filled the heart of the nephew who was left behind.

The succession system is also another example of institutional weakness in Wakanda. The young man from America came in and within days, destroyed the long standing institutions, even when he seemed to be trying to help Black people all over the world.

In one moment of folly, he decided to destroy the garden that guarantees powers to every other king of the future. Should there not have been a process whereby a council needs to approve the King’s orders before they are carried out? Institutions are better guarantors of good governance than kings or strong men/women.
Checks and balances are important in leadership. This is why democracy is important. As a Nigerian who has lived through many dictatorships, I would have liked Wakandans to adopt a new model, which gives them a say in who leads them, as well as includes checks and balances. This would at least insure the country against the rise of tyrants and demagogues.

Killmonger’s liberation philosophy was terrible
The most successful tyrants always have simple philosophies, which on the surface appear good. We only see the deviousness of the plan after a second look.

Many people would be drawn to the message of black liberation that the young American returnee preached, but closer scrutiny reveals that it wasn’t liberation he was preaching, but reverse oppression. When the oppressed becomes the oppressor, has justice really been done or are we just exchanging one evil for another?

Nigeria’s hope is Nigerians
One of Wakanda’s most valuable resources was mentioned in the film, but not shown — many Wakandans abroad providing intelligence to their country back home. There’s enough Nigerian talent abroad to turn our country into a technology and industry giant. The question then is how we can make the environment conducive for them to return and contribute to its growth and development.

During my time in government, mining the ‘natural resource’ of Nigerians in the Diaspora was an important part of our strategy, bringing back Nigerians who had established themselves abroad to come home to work. Sadly, many of those people who came back have packed up and returned abroad. We are losing professionals in all sectors in their droves every month, at the fastest rate not seen since the 1980s.

We cannot build the Nigeria of our dreams without keeping our best people in the country and empowering them to work and build businesses. We cannot keep our people healthy when the best of our medical professionals are being forced to pack up and leave.

Read the full story on Atiku’s Medium.


  1. Fleur

    March 5, 2018 at 11:27 pm

    Okay Mallam Atiku, I have to say you wowed me with your dissertation. Haba. Me self wey be movie critic go watch Wakanda movie, I no even think about any of the issues raised. Nice one. Nice one. Seeing a different side of you but I hope it is not a film trick.

  2. Lilo

    March 6, 2018 at 12:58 am

    He is really desperate for this 2019 runz o. He is trying really hard to impress the youths. Next thing, he will throwing gang signs or vlogging about Bb Naija shey? Buhari did more than that, still no change! Until Nigerians refuse to be teased by mere words…

    • True that

      March 6, 2018 at 6:04 am

      Lmao!!! Plsssssss @ throwing gang signs. Had to picture that! Hilarity

  3. Ajala & Foodie

    March 6, 2018 at 3:35 am

    Same ‘ol, same ‘ol… dude, you reek of desperation!!! We know the importance of institutions, we have been arguing the whole brain drain issue since I was in primary school at debates. We don’t need to see the black panther to know/see this problems, oga Atiku. In fact, we don’t need you listing said issues for us, we need solutions!!! Actual game plans to solve these listed issues. Otherwise, oga Abeg all this runs is just good advert for black panther, the movie. I still hope you win the PDP seat though, so I know there is hope that PMB will not sweep the North.

    On the other hand, how did Obj win the North when PMB ran against him?

  4. nnenne

    March 6, 2018 at 4:14 am

    Mallam Atiku, you summation is good but please don’t tell me you are running for office!
    A well meaning elderly statesman will do!
    Gracias! Thank you, Nagode, Osey, Dalu!

  5. Anonymous

    March 6, 2018 at 7:23 am

    Seriously Naija politicians are hilarious??‍♀️ If this guy attempted to buy tickets for some American Nigerians here I know some kids that will tell him to sh… it and vomit the resources that makes the making of this movie so historic. Besides our culture of almajiri is why we fawn over our “rulers”. Why would I allow you pay for my movie with money lo….from our commonwealth? BN I made my comment easier for publishing? I know in naija journalists don’t like to print hard stuff even though it’s true. Third world issues…..

  6. Temi

    March 6, 2018 at 7:35 am

    Soooooo how many articles has he penned after watching home grown films. Asking for a friend o! Asking for a friend. Meanwhile we are busy asking our filmmakers for their parents house as collateral for funding

  7. Ec

    March 6, 2018 at 7:53 am

    If anything he will be better than Bubu and his old brain.

    • Elle

      March 6, 2018 at 8:28 am

      You never learn!

    • ceetoo

      March 6, 2018 at 11:26 am

      In your mind Atiku wrote this? You must be a dreamer

  8. Anon

    March 6, 2018 at 8:53 am

    How is he better than bubu? Where are the youths of Nigeria? A whole generation has been denied leadership in the country. What makes him better? His love of women or pretence at populism?

    Where are the 30 to 59year old Nigerians? Where? Please come out with a cogent progressive agenda and use SM to win over these geriatric rulers who have offered nothing and will offer nothing. Where is the wasted generation? Nigerians can do better than “Bubu and Ati…The same entrepreneurial drive of young Nigerians that has people like Uche, Seun of Nairaland etc is the Drive we need. We need the vibrancy of youth and its enthusiasm. I promise you if Nigerians find the right youthful candidates they can upend the structure using SM. Did you hear of how Russia used SM even against the candidate to beat in the US. Please young folks with ideas, come out.

    Mr Durotoye announced. I checked for his plan and platform and ideas online but only came up with stuff about his MUA wife. I’m not saying his stint at Ventures & Trust (a finance house then) and Phillips consulting is not enough preparation but it’s light.

    We need someone with serious ideas on how to fix Nigeria who is also committed to fighting corruption. The diaspora NigerianAmericans will raise fund for him or her. Pleeease let Buba Ati… Soro disappear. (Buba ati Soro is Yoruba for the male attire of guys without the agbada)

  9. Anon

    March 6, 2018 at 8:57 am

    Mr Atiku in his movie review conveniently forgot to talk about corruption as the no one problem deterring Nigerians at home and abroad from contributing their best… how deep!??‍?

  10. miss_nk

    March 6, 2018 at 11:29 am

    I can never vote for Atiku. A child usually is a reflection of the parents. I remember when that Sanusi and his young wife saga was on, Atiku’s daughter, Rukaiya came on twitter and said when royals are getting married, us commoners are talking.
    I think it was sugabelly who replied her and said we are commoners now but when your father wants to run for office, he starts mingling with us. This is exactly what is happening. He bought their tickets and every one is shining teeth and hustling for a selfie. Disgrace

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