THE REMEMBRANCE OF CHADWICK BOSEMAN
The 29th day of August 2020 shuddered the earth’s pillar and chains of emotional quake rocked the earth. The Universe had lost one of its most outstanding inhabitants to stage III colon cancer.
It was a tough pill to swallow. For numerous people, they hoped it was a dream. They prayed it was just another horrible prank.
They wished Chadwick Boseman, the superhero that led the people of Wakanda to victory in Marvel Cinematic Universe film, Black Panther, would repeat these same words, “And as you can see, I’m not dead.” At the initial stage of breaking the news, it sounds rather unbelievable to his fans that are scattered across the globe.
The weight of the news hit Chadwick’s fans like a disastrous whirlwind.
For someone so full of life, or so we thought, no one would have believed that the 43 years old first black to headline an MCU film, was battling such a fatal ailment.
A man, who himself was a pile of hope, who worked day and night to restore hope within the black population and by extension, the world, needed a boost and we all didn’t see it.
Chadwick died in his house with his wife, with whom he had a secret wedding and his family by his side. How hath the mighty fallen!
The Black Panther would have had plans in place to celebrate his 44th birthday, which was supposed to hold exactly 3 months from the day he died.
Chadwick’s life has explained that for every second of our life, we must continue to be productive. He was steadfast until the end.
The Black Panther fought a battle that was hidden from the world. For whatever reason he didn’t disclose his medical condition, it made his death more shocking and it was a lone battle.
Even more surprising was the fact that he starred in some of America’s highest-grossing movies in recent years. He was first diagnosed in 2016 and he starred in these movies within that period until his death.
The African-American who was gifted to this world in 1976, departed the world in 2020 after battling cancer for a productive period of four years.
As a child, Chadwick attended T. L. Hanna High School and graduated in 1995, then continued at the Howard University, where he bagged a Bachelor of Fine Arts in directing in 2000.
He was admitted to the Oxford Mid-Summer Program of the British American Drama Academy in London, and with the assistance of one of his teachers, Phylicia Rashad, sourced for the money to participate in the program.
Afterwards, he went back to the United States, where he attended the New York City’s Digital Film Academy, learning how to write, direct and act.
Chadwick, who was raised in South Carolina, married his sweetheart, Taylor Ledward, till death parted them.
The Howard University in Washington DC graduate, who began his career officially around 2008-2009, began with television series, Lincoln Heights after he moved to Los Angeles.
Chadwick was a gifted child that was the envy of all and sundry, he didn’t grow at any point of his life showing weakness in the stead of strength.
Acting has always been part of him as young Chadwick participated in a couple of stage plays right from school. He began studying acting to learn how to relate to actors because of his passion to write and direct.
Chadwick lived in Brooklyn at the start of his acting career. He worked as the drama instructor in the Schomburg Junior Scholars Program, housed at the Schomburg Center For Research In Black Culture in Harlem, New York.
The Black Panther main actor starred in at least 15 amazing films in his lifetime which include Marshall, Da 5 bloods, August Wilson’s Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, Endgame, the famous Black Panther and several other incredible movies.
Though terribly sick, Chadwick pulled all these strings to the admiration of the world. He earned $2 million in Black Panther movie and his earning is expected to even increase in the sequel scheduled for 2022.
Some reactions on Twitter after his death says that many had thought he was on a weight loss program in order to fit into a movie role.
There were several body-shaming comments on social media over his weight loss especially after he shared a video in April where he announced a partnership that would see the donation of medical equipment to selected hospitals to support the fight against COVID-19.
While reacting to the body shaming, he said one day he would live to tell the story but unfortunately, he didn’t live to.
Chadwick was a born and devout member of the Christian faith and his pastor confirmed that he held on to his belief in Christ till his last days on earth. He was an inspiration to many and raised the emotion of all listeners whenever he is opportune to give his usually touching speeches.
Chadwick revealed that he prayed to be the Black Panther prior to the period he was cast as the titular character in the film. The late hero was a baptised Christian. He was a strong member of the church youth group and the choir as well.
Chadwick’s life has described that death is not the end of man. Even in death, he has impacted more lives than it is expected of a lifeless body. He can best be described as the Sleeping Hero who gives hope to the young, old, black, white and the entire world.
While preparing for his superhero role, Chadwick trained twice a day for several months in a bid to achieve the unique physique of a superhero.
He also had lots of diet of carbs, healthy fats and proteins to support his training. He was described as a virtuoso actor for his ability to build a character from the outside in and the inside out and because he knew how to fuse with a role, etching it in three dimensions.
It is almost impossible to forget how delighted Africans were to join the rest of the world to premiere the Black Panther movie and the way it made the news that virtually all Africans dressed to the cinemas in the African style to celebrate the auspicious movie that defines the strength of the black child and community without necessarily demeaning any race.
The movie, as well as the lead character, Chadwick, is widely loved even by the non-black community Over the course of his career, he bagged several awards and nominations. In 2013, the black American was nominated for the Chicago Film Critics Association awards and was also nominated for four different awards in 2014. 2018 brought another light as late Chadwick won the Best Performance in a Movie and Best Hero under the Black Reel Awards.
He also won the Best Actor under the Bet Awards with his movies, Marshall and Black Panther. He had several other applaudable nominations during the course of his career. He went on to win other enviable awards in the year 2020. In May 2018, he was conferred the Doctor of Humane Letters by the Howard University.
The gap that Chadwick’s death has left in the world will continue to be unbridgeable and the impact, permanent.
It is unforgettable and extremely difficult to fathom that the black hero is gone to sleep with the Lord Jesus, as he would have loved his death to be announced.
He was effortlessly one of the promising black entertainers the world has witnessed and he acted all his movies uniquely, an attitude that made him a role model to a number of upcoming actors.
A number of celebrities in the world, majorly, America, has shared their heartfelt condolences to the family of the late Chadwick and also described him as a respectable individual while he was alive.
But the greatest tribute that the world can give to Boseman is to ensure there are no more untimely deaths from colon cancer across the world. Access to sound and affordable healthcare must be put into consideration and provided.
Democratic vice presidential nominee for the year 2020 presidential election in the United States of America, Senator Kamala Harris shared her thoughts on her Twitter account on Friday when the news of Chadwick’s death broke on the internet.
In her words, she noted that they both belonged to the same alma mater and described him as a man with a lot of humility. “Heartbroken. My friend and fellow Bison, Chadwick Boseman, was brilliant, kind, learned, and humble. “He left too early but his life made a difference. Sending my condolences to his family.” she wrote.
Also during a 2020 special aired on Sunday, the vice-presidential nominee said that “his last tweet was to encourage people to exercise their right as citizens to vote, to participate in their democracy — born out of love of country — that’s so reflective of Chadwick.” In the same vein, 62 years old actress and producer, Angela Basset, stated that Chadwick was the student assigned to escort her long ago when she obtained an honorary degree from his alma mater, Howard University.
According to an Instagram post via her verified account, she said, “It was meant to be for Chadwick and me to be connected, for us to be family. But what many don’t know is our story began long before his historic turn as Black Panther.
During the premiere party for Black Panther, Chadwick reminded me of something. He whispered that when I received my honorary degree from Howard University, his alma mater, he was the student assigned to escort me that day.
And here we were, years later as friends and colleagues, enjoying the most glorious night ever! We’d spent weeks prepping, working, sitting next to each other every morning in makeup chairs, preparing for the day together as mother and son. I am honoured that we enjoyed that full-circle experience.
This young man’s dedication was awe-inspiring, his smile contagious, his talent unreal. So I pay tribute to a beautiful spirit, a consummate artist, a soulful brother. Thou aren’t dead but flown afar.
All you possessed, Chadwick, you freely gave. Rest now, sweet prince. #WakandaForever” Chadwick Boseman brought inspiration, happiness and accomplishment to the black child and it is evident in the way he was mourned by the young champions that he inspired. Pictures of numerous children that reproduced the Wakanda-like picture of the black king that has exited to the great beyond littered the internet.
Chadwick Boseman, who was already in the fight of his life against colon cancer, was seen putting a smile on the faces of others before his death on Friday. Notable among these people are children suffering from cancer, which he visited in 2018, while he himself was already sick for a period of two years then.
He gave meaning to the statement that says no one should judge another until you know what demon they are secretly battling. Behind close doors, there is a sick Chadwick but in the open, he gave us a Chadwick that was a solid motivation and a fountain of courage.
He filmed several blockbuster movies while fighting a debilitating form of cancer. A true hero I stan.
The late motivational speaker redefined the meaning of life; happiness is within.
Chadwick will not just be remembered for his great movies, his impact lives on because of the lives he touched even after his demise. His journey was unfortunately shortened by a deadly disease that the world needs to battle with severe force, but highly impactful.
King T’Challa is no more, he has joined his ancestors just like we all will do as the years count.
For me, the absence of the body doesn’t mean one still doesn’t live. His death could be likened to the death of a great African king; exactly what he represented in the 2018 movie, Black Panther.
In his lifetime, Chadwick Boseman revealed that DNA testing indicated that some of his ancestors were Krio people, Limba people both from Sierra Leone and the Yoruba people from Nigeria.
He also disclosed that his African background helped to shape his performance in the awarding-winning film, Black Panther.
Chadwick Boseman is one of the very few celebrities that doesn’t have a scandal or two to their names. He lived as an upright man and died an idol.
He is also a reserved person and kept most of his personal life away from gazing eye of the Social Media and the clicks of the camera.
Death is not the end of man, at least, not a great man like King T’Challa that has his root in almost every household across the world.
He will always germinate, sending out new sprouts in every aspect of life, all seasons and in all beings.