It is no longer news that Nollywood actress, Funke Akindele aka Jenifa has been announced to star in Marvel’s upcoming heavyweight movie, Avengers: Infinity war. Amidst the congratulatory messages loading up on social media per second, just how deep is her character and who exactly she is playing as in this movie?
According to the character profile on Marvel’s website, Funke Akindele would be playing a member of the Dora Milaje pronounced as “dora-meh-LAH-shay” these role will see the Nigerian screen goddess join a female team of personal bodyguards for Black panther, all recruited from Wakanda. Apart from their protective function, they are a group of powerful and superior Wakandans.
The Dora Milaje were assembled as a group of potential suitors for king. The Wakandans put forth a daughter from every tribe to maintain peace and ensure every tribe had a chance at the crown.
As shocking as this may sound, the Wakandans traditionally speak in Hausa dialect, though only to the king and to each other.
From the published comic issues, the practice of employing Dora Milaje’s ended until recently when T’Challa reinstated them to forestall tribal unrest amongst the tribes.
The daughters of Wakanda, Nakia and Okoye… yeah okoye were the first Dora milaje’s to serve under T’Challa but despite their superior skill, beauty and traditions, T’Challa saw them only as daughters and not potential wives.
Okoye accepted her kings wishes but Nakia was obsessed with the crown and winning his love that she was ready to do anything to fuel her cause.
With the movie set to be released May 4th 2018, which of the Wakanda daughters do you think will introduce Funke Akindele’s artistic skill to the world? Express your passion in the comment section below.