The cultural impact of Black Panther in which Lupita Nyong’o stars alongside other great actors is huge.
Kenyan sports men are adapting the“Wakanda Forever” salute featured in the film. The movie version can be seen in the second shot from this ad:
Here are other top sportsmen who have also saluted thus.
Jesse Lingard and Paul Pogba of Manchester United, who were doing the Wakanda salute as far back as a match against Chelsea on Feb. 25.
Here’s Lingard’s version:
And here’s fan-shot footage of Lingard and Pogba exchanging the salute after a winning goal:
The salute crossed into the tennis world at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California. On Thursday, French player Gaël Monfils commemorated his victory over Matthew Ebden with the salute.
The next day, American player Sachia Vickery, ranked #100 in the world, came from behind to win a stunning upset Friday over #3-ranked Garbiñe Muguruza of Spain. Vickery marked the occasion with a familiar gesture.