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British Airways’ In-Flight Magazine Thinks Lupita Nyong’o Is From Wakanda, the Fictional Setting of Black Panther

British Airways’ in-flight magazine, High Life, recently ran a round-up of best-dressed celebrities. Being a publication centered around travel, they included the home town of each celebrity. For Lupita Nyong’o, they seemed to think that town was Wakanda.

If you, like the writer/editor/everyone else who let this make it to print, are somehow unfamiliar, Wakanda is not a real place. Not even a little. It’s the fictional nation ruled by T’Challa, aka Black Panther–a completely made up place in the Marvel Universe.

You might think that someone would have noticed that Wakanda doesn’t exist, given that they–again–are a travel publication.

Of course, if we’re gonna throw around fictional homelands…

Nyong’o will be co-starring in the upcoming Black Panther movie, as a citizen of Wakanda. But it’s fine, I’m sure they made the same mistake with Chris Hemsworth of Asgard, right? Or Daisy Ridley of Jakku?

Let’s make sure we’re all on the same page: Wakanda is fictional, Kenya (where Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o grew up, though she was born in Mexico City) is real, and–while we’re at it, just because this bit of ignorance simply will not die–Africa is not a country.

(via Okay Africa, image: Shutterstock)

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