Just the other day, we introduced you to Kenyan digital artist Osborne Macharia following an internet-breaking art project showcasing Kenya’s League of Extravagant Grannies.
He followed that up with an equally stunning ‘Watchmen by Night, Hip Hop Heads by Day’ about the story of 4 gentlemen in the heart of Kariobangi (one of Nairobi’s informal settlements) who call themselves Kabangu.
Then there was the remarkable ‘Nairobi’s Underground Fight Club’, about a secret fight club called Mengo.
That was in 2016. Less than two years later, the vastly talented digital artist has caught the attention of Hollywood, Disney/Marvel to be precise.
Prior to the launch of Black Panther in London, Osborne Macharia was commissioned by Marvel to create an “exclusive art piece” for the launch.
Being the creative force we have always known him to be, Osborne came up with a piece titled Ilgelunot, which translated in the Maasai language means “The Chosen One.”
The project tells the story of three blind 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.
Check out the stunning 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
Black Panther, which already broke the U.K. box office record for most tickets sold in a single day is set to rake in over $200 million across North America during its opening weekend.