The Diaspora African Forum (DAF), will hold a ceremony to honour the late Chadwick Aaron Boseman, who lost his life on August 28, 2020 after a four-year battle with colon cancer. The memorial ceremony is organized by DAF and the Diaspora Coalition and takes place on September 17 at the W.E.B. DuBois Centre in Accra.
Boseman’s name will be added to the historical Sankofa Memorial Wall, which has paid respects to prominent people of African descent in the diaspora who have made a significant impact in the Black community. His name will be added among other historical figures who have been honoured in the past including and most recently African American Congressman John Robert Lewis.
Boseman was best known for his role as T’Challa, the Black Panther, in four Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) films. His greatest success came with the movie ‘Black Panther’, which marked a major milestone in the film industry. The movie resonated with audiences globally and earned over $1.3 billion in box-office sales proving that films with a primarily Black cast, can achieve international success.
‘Black Panther’ made an enormous cultural footprint for representing a Black superhero and for dealing with issues faced by people of African descent unlike any other film. Continental Africans and those in the global diaspora all felt strong a connection with the film.
News of the actor’s death shocked the world because Boseman had not publicly discussed his cancer diagnosis. The fact that he was battling with a deadly illness and still filming movies in between chemotherapy treatments and surgeries, displayed his work ethic and level of commitment in playing roles that would make an impact for Black people.
Boseman filmed several movies including ‘Black Panther’, ‘Marshall’, and ‘Da 5 Bloods’ while undergoing treatment. He is an example of what it means to work on projects that leave a legacy and can inspire generations to come.
Most notably, Boseman’s charity work with cancer patients especially children whom he visited on numerous occasions while nursing the disease himself has taken on a new meaning with many showering praises onto the famous actor for remarkable show of empathy.
Due to Covid-19 protocols on social distancing, the memorial ceremony will have a limited number of attendees. As such, the event is strictly by invitation. Attire for the event is red and black, observing Ghana’s culture for mourning the loss of loved ones. The Diaspora African Forum is an African Union endorsed non-profit organization and they are the only African Diaspora organization with diplomatic status.
With H.E. Ambassador Erieka Bennett as the Head of Missions, DAF aims to support the integration of Africans in the diaspora with the continent of Africa with a strong focus on engagement with Ghana. The Sankofa Memorial Wall is an important way of honoring our brothers and sisters from the diaspora and leaving a legacy in memoriam.
DNT News, Accra