With “Black Panther” continuing to dominate at the box office, the mythical nation of Wakanda featured throughout the film is becoming more and more popular. With that, Wauconda, a suburb 45 miles north of Chicago, that is pronounced the same way as Wakanda, has also been thrusted into the spotlight.
“Black Panther” stars Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, Martin Freeman, Daniel Kaluuya, Letitia Wright, Winston Duke, Angela Bassett, Forest Whitaker and Andy Serkis — but it’s Wakanda that has captivated people most.
“Someone called and asked how we pronounced the village name and when I told him, he began yelling, ‘Wakanda forever!’ which I am guessing is from the film,” Alise Homola, executive assistant to the village administrator and mayor of Wauconda, told The Hollywood Reporter.
Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport in Atlanta has jokingly offered its customers flights to Wakanda (Wauconda) in recent days and Wauconda High School’s principal gave The Hollywood Reporter a statement saying that the school will not be changing its mascot from a bulldog to a panther despite some momentum and inquiries if they would be willing to do so.
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