Connie Chiume

Wakanda style: Connie Chiume dazzled at the Black Panther premiere in Johannesburg. Image: @gautengfilmcommission Instagram

Symbolic meaning of Connie Chiume’s ‘Wakanda Forever’ dress

Actress Connie Chiume ruled the black carpet in her ‘statement dress’ at the SA premiere of ‘Black Panther: Wakanda Forever’.

Connie Chiume

Wakanda style: Connie Chiume dazzled at the Black Panther premiere in Johannesburg. Image: @gautengfilmcommission Instagram

It has been quite a year for legendary South African actress Connie Chiume. Besides seeing her on our local screens in Gomora, she also features in the international blockbuster Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.

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Last week Wednesday, local celebrities strutted the “black carpet” at the long-awaited sequel’s South African premiere in Rosebank, Johannesburg.

The star of the evening was none other than Connie Chiume, of course. The veteran actress wore a custom gown designed with various hidden messages. The dress – adorned feathers and a splash of sparkle — was dramatic yet elegant.

“The yellow on it depicts all the resources that we have in Africa. It also has messages about us as Africans and how as we rise, we rise with other people, love one another and we don’t stop dreaming. Another message on the dress is calling for a stop to the killing of queer people. The stairs symbolise rising up,” she told True Love.

The designer of the dress, Mzukisi Mbane of Imprint ZA. was also spotted next to the actress on the star-studded red carpet.

“I’ve always wanted to work with her, so her PR connected with mine and we met. Just the connection with her was beautiful and I think most of what got to become the dress came from the person that she is,” Mbane said.

“It was also about showing what Imprint is. We’re basically Afro-futuristic but what Wakanda is also about, inspired the dress,” he continued.

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The black carpet represented the beautiful people of our African continent. Our local celebs came in droves, wearing great (and some not so great) outfits to the premiere.

Linda Mtoba came through in a beautiful full-length black dress with a striking gold bodice. Pearl Thusi also came guns blazing in a red number serving us legs!

Pearl Thusi at the Black Panther premiere in a Scalo design. Image: @scalodesigner Instagram