Chadwick Boseman: What We Must Learn From His Final Years
Written by Tochukwu Precious Eze
We’re still caught between shock and pain as the news of the passing of American actor, Chadwick Boseman dropped like a bomb, shaking the entire world. The 43-year-old is said to have battled with cancer for four years before he eventually died on the 28th of August 2020.
Boseman is popular for the roles he played in movies including 21 Bridges, Marshall, Da 5 Bloods, among others. However, a lot of people will remember him as the Black Panther for his role as T’challa in the Marvel production, Black Panther, which grew to be the highest-grossing film of the year 2018.
His words as prince T’challa, “in my culture, death is not the end,” now stands as a form of consolation to all who loved him. Now more than ever, we’re holding on to this truth, that his death, as well as that of our loved ones, does not mean the end. They live on in our hearts and will be passed on to generations to come.
Chadwick Boseman’s death has forced us to look back at how he lived. A close look and you’d agree that he lived the final years of his life, giving to the society. I began to love his person when I saw an interview of him speaking on the cultural impact of the movie, Black Panther.
He broke down in tears while narrating how two boys, who had cancer, had told him that they were only holding on long enough to see the movie. That was a motivating factor for him and the rest of the team. They went on to give their very best to the making of this movie. This shows that it was neither about money nor fame for him; it was about touching as many lives as he could with the time he had.
According to reports, most of the movies he gave us, which we now enjoy, were shot between countless surgeries and chemotherapy. Going back to some of those movies, I saw just how tasking his roles were. How he was able to manage that and still visit many sick kids to put smiles on their faces, among many other things leaves me wondering. Chadwick Boseman was indeed a warrior.
In 2018, he received an award for Best Hero at the MTV Movie and TV Awards for his role in Black Panther. However, he invited James Shaw Jr up to the stage and handed the award to him, calling him the real hero for the part he played in stopping the Nashville Waffle House shooting in April 2018.– another moment that signifies how Boseman was all about giving back to society. He was a hero on and off the screen.
Months before his death, Chadwick Boseman made a live video where he appeared very lean. Most people thought he was preparing for another role. Some even put together his old pictures and the new ones to highlight his weight loss and make jokes about it. He had to delete the video. Of course, no one knew about his sickness at the time, but the truth remains that we could have done better.
People suffer a lot of things that they choose to keep us out of for various reasons. We can’t keep using our ignorance to justify our wrongdoings. This should teach us to be kind to people. We cannot presume to know everything about everyone.
Chadwick Boseman has taught us wonderful lessons and has left us with many memories. He never yielded, and he’s not dead– at least, not in our hearts. Hopefully, he’s in a better place.
Food for thought: We all will leave someday. What will you be remembered for when you leave?
Tochukwu Precious Eze
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