In an effort to represent the mystery of fictional far-off places, a number of television shows and films have effectively created their own languages. The film Black Panther instead, used the already existing South African Xhosa language, which is also the native tongue of Nelson Mandela, as the language of the Wakandan people. BBC Correspondent Pumza Fihlani who is a native speaker of Xhosa, very graciously offered a quick tutorial of useful phrases that may come in handy should one find themselves in Wakanda.
The new marvel film Black Panther is set in the imaginary country of Wakanda.
But one thing you might not know is that the official language of Wakanda is real – it’s actually from South Africa and is called Xhosa. Our correspondent Pumza Fihlani is a Xhosa speaker and she takes us through some useful phrases for getting by in Wakanda.
Black Panther is fiction, but its language isn't. In Wakanda, the characters speak isiXhosa. It is a 'click language', the native tongue of the late Nelson Mandela. Here's your chance to learn some isiXhosa with @Pumza_Fihlani pic.twitter.com/gdrTvw1NH7
— Vera Kwakofi (@verakwakofi) February 27, 2018