Prior to the launch of Black Panther in London, Kenyan photographer Osborne Macharia was commissioned by Marvel to create an "exclusive art piece" in conjunction with the film. Macharia created a project titled Ilgelunot, which translated in the Maasai language means "The Chosen One."

The project tells the story of three elders who were saved by T'Chaka during World War II after attempting to seek shelter while venturing across North Africa. 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.

"A proud moment to be part of the most important Afrofuturistic movie in my generation," Macharia said of the opportunity. Take a look at the pieces below.


Extremely honoured to have been commissioned by DISNEY / MARVEL to create an exclusive art piece for the launch of @blackpanther for cinemas in London. A proud moment to be part of the most important Afrofuturistic movie in my generation. . The brief was open and so the title of my piece is called ILGELUNOT which in Maasai translates to ‘The Chosen Ones’. I also created custom typography for the names of the elders that was inspired by geometric tribal lines, shapes and strokes in order to give the entire project its own unique identity . This is the story of 3 blind elders of Maasai origin (originally from Kajiado) who were Black Panther’s most trusted advisors in the Kingdom of Wakanda. . The three were rescued by King T’Chaka during World War 2 after having wandered the vast plains of North Africa for months in search of refuge. As nomads, they got to integrate, assimilate and learn from different cultures and tribes. Exposure to the metallic element #Vibranium made them blind but also gave them extra ordinary abilities and insight. . Little is known about them till now….. . Client / Disney + @marvelstudios PR Agency / DDA Group Props + Styling + Production / @kevoabbra2 Styling Assistant / @sylvi0_0walla Make Up Artist / @mdeizimakeup + @culturedego Hair Stylist / @rickykish + @corrinemuthoni Comic Universe Consultant / @paddygedi Photographer Assistants / @vicndaloz + @jaredgmaina . #LongLiveTheKing #MarvelStudios

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Black Panther, which already broke the U.K. box office record for most tickets sold in a single day, hit US theaters on Feb. 16. The film, which is set to rake in over $200 million across North America during its opening weekend, is expected to continue breaking boxoffice records.