A month after my surgery, I lost the Doctor who did the surgery. I was still in the healing process but I still needed him to tell me those encouraging words that would quicken my healing process. I have never had such a determined mind to attend someone’s burial service, it wasn’t time for me to go out but seriously I didn’t mind walking on one leg to attend his burial service. It was his wake-keeping service that my Mother and I decided to go to. The road to his house was really busy; people from all over were trooping in to pay their last respect to this selfless man. At the wake keep, I saw a woman who came with her walking frame, she wasn’t strong enough but she had to come for this man. After the wake keep and everyone was leaving back to their homes, I saw one of the nurses who worked with him. She was surprised to see me because it wasn’t time for me to go out, we exchanged and then she said “Thank God you had a touch of his hands too”, it kept ringing in my heart. His hands were blessed and touched lots of lives, his life was impacting and he was always ready to help. Yes, I got the touch of his hands too before he died.
Talking of getting the touch of his hands, Chadwick Boseman got me too. Before 2020, I had heard of the movie Black Panther but I wasn’t interested because there were lots of arguments on it back then on a News forum I get updated on happenings in the world. Coming into August 2020 a new friend of mine asked if I had seen the movie Black Panther and I responded no, she was surprised and at the same time disappointed that I wasn’t helping to promote the beauty of Africa. My friend decided to help me and she gave me the movie Black Panther to watch. I did watch the movie and I loved it so much, I was happy I did and the next time we were asked to pick a movie to watch I chose Black Panther. I loved all the major characters in the movie, they did beautifully well in their roles.
On this usual Saturday morning, I was online scrolling through my Facebook Newsfeed when I saw a familiar face. I couldn’t remember where I got to know that face but I concluded this face looks familiar. And then after settling down from doing Saturday cleaning, I checked online again but this came with the News I couldn’t bear. Chadwick Boseman was declared dead after struggling with colon cancer for four years. I didn’t want to hear that, I only fell in love
with that movie some weeks ago and this is happening just by the end of August? No. Just within hours of the news, Chadwick Boseman’s picture was everywhere online. Everyone had something beautiful to say about him, his fight, his struggle, and his determination to still put a smile on the face of the world even while he was fighting colon cancer. He carried his purpose over his challenge and made a lasting impact that will speak even in generations to come. He had his own fight but he still saw a need to lift someone’s hope in the same challenge.
With the heaviness of his death, I had a thought. What if we really had a Wakanda? We would have saved Chadwick Boseman either by Shuri’s knowledge of medicine (Letitia Wright, who acted as his sister in the movie) or by the heart-shaped herb plant assumed to be a gift from the Panther god bast! Everything works in Wakanda, every problem has a solution in Wakanda, every other people outside Wakanda wanted to have the treasures and gifts of Wakanda but in the reality of Chadwick Boseman, there is no Wakanda to help us save him from dying.
Everett (Martin Freeman) wouldn’t have made it back to life after he was shot if not for Wakanda’s touch, he appreciated it and remained loyal to Wakanda to the end. Can we have a wakanda where we don’t lose loved ones to sickness? Can we have answers to sickness and diseases like Shuri did? Can we find and make use of the heart-shaped plants we have been gifted with?
Who took away the gift of Chadwick Boseman? Colon Cancer did. Colon cancer is a type of cancer that begins in the large intestine (colon). The colon is the final part of the digestive tract. Colon cancer typically affects older adults, though it can happen at any age. It usually begins as small, noncancerous (benign) clumps of cells called polyps that form on the inside of the colon. Over time some of these polyps can become colon cancers.