Why Funke Akindele is a good fit to play the role of Dora Milaje in upcoming Hollywood movie, Avengers: Infinity War

We have all been told that Nigerian actress, Funke Akindele-Bello will feature in Hollywood’s upcoming Marvel movie, Avengers: Infinity War.

Altough the runour have not been confimed by the actress but from what we know, Hollywood movie’s review blog, iMDb shared the news by showing the full cast of the science fiction movie that will be released on 25 April, 2018.

Also, as we know it, she is playing the role of Dora Milaje.

So the big question is, ‘why is the Nollywood actress playing that role?’

The film produced by Kevin Fiege is an American superhero movie that is based on the Marvel Comics superhero team, Black Panther.

Black Panther will debut on February 16, 2018, and will feature the first black superhero to star in a Hollywood blockbuster since the Marvel era began in 2008.

The movie, Black Panther gives Funke the opportunity to star in the movie Avengers because part of the movie takes place in a fictitious African nation, and that means, some of the cast reflects the African identity.

Another important member of the ‘Black Panther’ cast is Lupita Nyong’o, who grew up in Kenya. Although, Danai Gurira was born in Iowa, but when she was five year-old her parents returned to Zimbabwe. And Letitia Wright is a British actress of Guyanese origin.

In addition, in comics, Wakanda society reveres women. T’Challa is guarded by Dora Milaje, an exclusively female group of guards and ceremonial warriors.


Funke Akindele shaved her head in 2017. (Instagram//FunkeAkindele)

In the movie Black Panther, the female presence is not only greater on the screen, it is also behind the scenes, said production designer Hannah Bleacher in an interview with Okayplayer. “When I was in Black Panther , I looked around and really tears came to my eyes. The DP is a woman, I am a woman, the costume designer is a woman, the UPM was a woman, the AD was a woman, the executive producer, Victoria Alonso, is a woman, of different nuances, sexual orientations, and they represent everyone. So you look at that team, it was a diverse team. “

But another point is in the Black Panther world. Ryan Coogler has assembled a superior team that has worked hard to build a complete civilization from scratch. Production designer Hannah Bleacher saw the country of Wakanda as a character in itself, a person that viewers should feel and experience.


Costume designer Ruth E. Carter took a similar approach, starting with comics and then plunging into the depths of African history. The production team quickly decided that every detail had to have a reason, every concept has a story.