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Lupita Nyong’o Shares an Emotional Message Honoring Chadwick Boseman

In her tribute, Nyong’o wrote, “When I was around Chadwick, I wanted to be better, less petty, more purposeful.”

Lupita Nyong’o has shared an emotional message sharing intimate memories with the late actor Chadwick Boseman. The actor’s death shook the entertainment industry last week after he lost a battle to stage-four colon cancer.

In her moving Instagram tribute, the actress who starred alongside Boseman in The Black Panther first shares her message comes from “a place of hopelessness.” She goes on to reminisce on his “immortal energy” and the fact that he had a “quiet, powerful presence.” Nyong’o also mentions that Chadwick had a remarkable work ethic and was filled with an infectious spirit. 

“He set the bar high by working with a generosity of spirit, creating an ego-free environment by sheer example,” Lupita wrote. “Chadwick’s hands were strong enough to carry the weight of the film and free enough to clasp mine when I needed it. He was impeccable with his word. I never heard him complain.”

Nyong’o also added:

“When I was around Chadwick, I wanted to be better, less petty, more purposeful. He was fueled by love, not fear. He moved quietly, deliberately and without imposing himself or his ideals on others. And yet he also made damn sure that his life meant something. He was so unwavering about that.”

Towards the end of her message, she wrote, “He cared so deeply about humanity, about Black people, about his people. He activated our pride.” Fellow Black Panther cast members Michael B. Jordan, Danai Gurira, Letitia Wright, and director Ryan Coogler have also shared heartfelt messages online following Boseman’s death. Jordan, Wright, Gurira and Coogler learned of Chadwick’s fight against cancer when his death was made public on behalf of his family on August 28.

Take a look at Lupita Nyong’o’s message below.

Robyn Mowatt

Robyn Mowatt is a Staff Writer at Okayplayer where she covers culture, music, and fashion. You can see what's on her mind on Twitter at @robyn_mowatt.

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