What a marvel! Black Panther-inspired Wakanda grows in Uganda
Movies have often inspired people to do some good work. But we never knew that superheroes could not only make money but also build lives. Something like that is happening in a small village in Uganda. Inspired by Marvel’s Black Panther movie, a village in Uganda is thriving on natural resources and solar energy.
The Okere Mom-kok city was ravaged in Ugandan civil war in the 1980s. But is now being rebuilt into a sustainable community that’s home to 4,000 people.
And the transformation took place after a man discovered something radical. Ojok Okello was just visiting his extended family in Okere Mom-Kok when he realised that the Shea butter trees in the region — which then was in ruins after the war — could transform the place.
“I looked at the shea tree and realised that just like Wakanda and Black Panther had vibranium, this shea tree could be our vibranium,” he says. He started the project with a $54,000 investment from his own pocket.
Okere City began in January 2019. Its 200 hectares (500 acres) feature a school, a health clinic, a village bank and a community hall that also serves as a cinema, a church and a nightclub.
Electricity is available to all, generated from solar energy – a rarity in the region – and far from the many outbreaks of cholera which were rampant years ago, there is now clean water from a borehole.
Okere Shea Butter is now available in the market. The whole city smells of shea butter, and Okello has advocated for the protection and regeneration of shea trees, classed as an endangered species threatened by extinction. Well, if we can learn anything good from cinema, then let’s cheer for our fictional superheroes who help the heroes in real life too.