Chadwick Boseman: What We Must Learn From His Final Years

Chadwick Boseman: What We Must Learn From His Final Years

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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Chadwick Boseman What We Must Learn
Chadwick Boseman: What We Must Learn
From His Final Years
Chadwick Boseman What We Must Learn From His Final Years
Chadwick Boseman: What We Must Learn
From His Final Years

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Tochukwu Precious Eze

Tochukwu Precious Eze is a creative writer. He loves highlife and the smell of December winds. Tochukwu studied microbiology at the University of Nigeria. His stories and poems have featured in Writers Space Africa, Nalubaale Review Magazine, among others. He is the author of Tobé, a collection of poems.

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Emily Terrell

I was shocked to my core when I heard Boseman had died. Seeing him in movies made it look like he was in the prime of his life. Losing him is quite the blow. The world is so full of mundane ruts and the people who stick to them, that when you find someone like him who stands out – it is sad to see them lost.

Tochukwu Precious Eze
Reply to  Emily Terrell

That is exactly how we all feel about it. I guess he gave us the gift of enjoying his stay without worrying about his death.

It is sad to see great people die. Thank you for reading.

Eileen M. Loya

I was really surprised when the news about his passing came out. I did not even know he was sick of cancer! This teaches us to be more sensitive, kinder and make the most of the life we are given.

Tochukwu Precious Eze
Reply to  Eileen M. Loya

It surprised virtually everyone. Hopefully, we’ll keep the lessons to heart. Thank you.

Yomi Spontaneous

I too like so many was shocked at Chad Boseman’s death. How sad and a bit tragic especially with those who were ragging on him about a weight loss change without knowing why. You never really know what people are going through. But I keep reading and hearing stories about all he kept doing for others during his last year and it is truly inspiring that he was such a great human.

Tochukwu Precious Eze

He truly was, and he will be remembered for it. Thank you for the comment, Eric.


Always be kind to people. Even if it seems they are weak,sick, or not, still be kind. Most times,we wait till people are at the weakest phase in their lives before we show them how much we care. That’s why you see more people in burials😥

Tochukwu Precious Eze
Reply to  Nnaemeka

Very true, Nnaemeka. Now’s the best time to love and care of ourselves and for one another.

Thank you.


Noooo! I’ve cried hot tears for a week now and tear up whenever I see his pictures or read about him. He just projected so much grace and everyone felt his genuine soul and spirit, even for those who’ve never met him. It just oozed off screen and the way he spoke about everything. May his soul RIP.

Tochukwu Precious Eze
Reply to  Viano Dee

We’re together in this. We all feel the same way. Thank you for sharing, Kemi.

Di Hickman

So sad about his passing. Cancer sucks. I loved him in Black Panther, excellent movie and he played the role well. May he rest in peace knowing the positive impact he had on so many!

Tochukwu Precious Eze
Reply to  Di Hickman

Cancer sucks! It doesn’t know when and where to strike.

May he rest in peace.


This was the first celebrity death to have a true impact on me; I will never forget it, or the morning that I found out about it. I can’t believe he was able to keep it a secret for so long. It makes every decision he made, every action he took, every word he spoke over the last four years have such a different meaning now. It is all so heart breaking. To imagine what he must of been thinking when talking to those kids with cancer… I don’t even know. I’m really glad you brought up the quote that death is not the end, though. I like to think that’s the truth here, too. He doesn’t deserve for this to be the end for him either. It’s far too soon. He was too sweet; he deserves more time.

Tochukwu Precious Eze
Reply to  Indy

I choose to believe that this is not the end. That’s the only way I can process the whole thing. He was really sweet.

Thank you, Indy.

Kristine Nicole Alessandra

This news about his passing really made me sad. I loved his movie. It was all about courage and fighting for the good of the majority. Chadwick is definitely a fighter. He must’ve suffered in silence and I admire his courage. I know he is now in a better place. Wishing peace and acceptance to the family he has left behind. This just goes to show that tomorrow is not promised, so we must make the best of what we have today.

Tochukwu Precious Eze

Yes, thank you for pointing this out. If there’s one thing he taught us, it is to make the most out of the time we have.


I was really shocked to hear he had passed. Such a great actor and such an awful illness to struggle with.


I highly respect his decision to keep his condition private. It was brave. I am so sad he passed away, he was a fine actor and a handsome man

Bethan TaylorSwaine

The passing of Chadwick Boseman was so sad, he was so extremely talented and in his relatively short time on earth has left an awesome legacy.

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