A clever college student pranked one of his professors by delivering a presentation on the fictional nation of Wakanda from Marvel Comics' Black Panther. The 11 minute lecture discussed the recent turmoil in the nation following the death of King T'Chaka and the civil war between T'Chaka's son, T'Challa, and T'Chaka's nephew, Eric Stevens.
Astonishingly, this college professor was one of the few people on Earth unfamiliar with the story of T'Challa and his battle to retain his father's throne. Despite not appearing in the Marvel Cinematic Universe until the third Captain America movie, Civil War, T'Challa has become one of the most popular and prominent superheroes in the world in a short amount of time. The Black Panther solo film set numerous records upon its theatrical release. Among other accomplishments, it broke $1 billion in world-wide earnings less than one month after its release and was enough of a critical success that Disney is pushing for the film to be given a Best Picture nomination at the 2019 Oscars.
The student, who posts on Reddit under the name AlexeyShved1, wrote about his presentation to his International Marketing class on the Marvel Studios Reddit page. He also posted a video of the speech, which can be viewed below.
The student delivers his report on Wakanda with stoic earnestness, discussing data that one would expect from a presentation regarding a country's culture and economy. He reports that Wakanda is an absolute monarchy, whose currency is The Wakandan Dollar. He also discusses the spiritual beliefs of the Wakandan people, which date back to the times of Ancient Egypt and the legends that their first Chieftan received special knowledge from the cat goddess, Bast, before uniting the five tribes that settled in what became known as The Kingdom of Wakanda. He then discusses the events of the films Civil War and Black Panther, before hinting at the events of Avengers: Infinity War by noting that King T'Challa mysteriously disappeared shortly after securing his throne.
Luckily for AlexeyShved1's grade point average, this presentation was not for an actual assignment. He delivered the lecture after he made a joke about the recent events in Wakanda in class and the professor, being described as "the type of person who only watches tennis on TV," asked him for more information. This led to him offering to do a presentation to the class and the rest, as they say, was history.
Thankfully, the professor had a sense of humor about the whole thing when she discovered the truth afterward, when AlexeyShved1 revealed that Wakanda was a fictional nation from the movie Black Panther and that the whole class had been in on the joke. His future in International Marketing may be uncertain, but it seems likely that AlexeyShved1 may have a promising career in Internet Comedy if he keeps producing material this amusing.
Source: Marvel Studios/Reedit
- Black Panther (2018) release date: Feb 16, 2018
- Avengers: Infinity War / The Avengers 3 (2018) release date: Apr 27, 2018