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The Nigerian Dora Milaje, Sope Aluko In Black Panther

Nigerians finally get a stake in Marvel Studios with the release of one of 2018’s most anticipated movies, Black Panther.

Black Panther follows T’Challa’s return home after the death of his father inCaptain America: Civil War as king of Wakanda but finds his sovereignty challenged by a long-time adversary in a conflict that has global consequences.

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Black Panther Director, Ryan Coogler with members of the cast at the World Premiere

The movie which is expected to be released in Nigeria on February 16, 2018 boasts of a 90% black cast including Sope Aluko. The married mother of two teenage boys plays the role of Shaman, a powerful primal leader who calls upon nature spirits for aid or guidance in Black Panther.

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Clockwise – Sope Aluko & Leticia Wright, Danai Gurira, Lupita Nyong’o, Forest Whitaker

Nigerian-born but primarily raised in the UK, Sope started out with an undergraduate degree in Engineering and a master’s degree in Marketing. While in the UK, Sope attended drama classes at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts (LAMDA) and extended her study into dance.

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After a very successful career in the corporate space, the multi-linguist (speaks 4 languages including Yoruba) returned to acting and performing. Since then, she has played recurring roles on Netflix’s “Bloodline”, NBC’s “Law & Order SVU” and guest appearances on USA Network’s “Burn Notice” “Lifetime’s “Army Wives” amongst others.

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Director Black Panther, Ryan Coogler & Sope Aluko

Her film credits include supporting roles in feature films like Identity Thief, Pitch Perfect 2, 96 Minutes, Grass Stains..

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Sope Aluko & Lupita Nyong’o at Black Panther World Premiere

Black Panther stars Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan; Academy Award® winner, Lupita Nyong’o; with Academy Award® nominee, Angela Bassett; and Academy Award® winner, Forest Whitaker.

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Sope Aluko and Chadwick Boseman at the world premiere

Sope is currently filming another Marvel film, set to release in late 2018 and looks forward to working in Nollywood.

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Sope Aluko and Michael B Jordan

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