ENTER THE AFRICAN WARRIOR

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According to google a hero is a person usually a man admired for his outstanding achievements, a warrior is an experienced soldier or fighter the words are  almost synonymous …..almost synonymous that said I believe the term warrior means more than most people attribute it upon hearing the definition.

HERO AND WARRIOR 

Now lets look beyond the literary definitions and find out what those words really mean. by definition a hero is someone admired for their outstanding achievements thus that brainy kid in senior high who used to stay on top of the class was a hero in his own right, just like the individuals on your national soccer team become heroes once they return home with the world cup. Now a warrior is defined as an experienced soldier or fighter! This basically means anyone hustling in the big city is a warrior of sorts, after all we are all doing our best and making our mark acquiring knowledge with every experience that comes our way and becoming better with every battle.Now that thats clear let us look at the relationship between the two words. A warrior is basically a hero and a hero a warrior,an experienced fighter is one who has definitely been through some big battles and has lived to tell the tale as such he is respected by all who know him and as a result of the wisdom and strength he has gained through experience he has a responsibility to protect those around him, note that a warrior was not merely defined as a soldier or fighter ,he was defined as an experienced soldier or fighter.That classifies him and sets him apart from the rest making him a hero among fighters!

THE AFRICAN WARRIOR

When people come across the term “African warrior” the first thing that pops into their minds is something like this…..

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the African warrior?

…to such people I say try to think outside the box once in a while! Now this is the definition of the African warrior……

see the difference? An African warrior is not just some blade swinging warrior who takes no prisoners , an African warrior is any African who through unbelievable experiences has gained the strength and power to help and defend those who surround him or her! An African warrior must not necessarily originate from some mystical or spiritual background (though the case is at the moment most of them do) but he can be spawned from a technological,scientific or just any source imagined!

THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN AN AFRICAN SUPERHERO AND AN AFRICAN WARRIOR

The characters above clearly illustrate the difference! The two characters in question have a power set similar to superman’s (kinda like Goku) but what sets them apart? One of them is truly African and the other has little to no African traits except for his skin color. While Kwezi as a typical African teen talks,acts and looks like one Guardian prime seems to be little more than an imitation of superman, I mean Kwezi even has the map of Africa on his shirt. Another factor could be because of how heavily superman influences guardian prime we have not really gotten to see a  more personal and Nigerian outlook of the character that said it still boils down to the same issue ,Guardian prime’s story is forced to kowtow to the demands of the American industry  to the point where you look at guardian prime and the first guy you think about is superman.

In all honesty the point at which a character can be defined as an African warrior or an African superhero at least according to me is quite blur but the one thing I can say for certain is the moment the character displays more American traits as opposed to African that is where he basically becomes an African superhero which is basically  a superhero and the way I see it superheroes are not African in the least bit making the term African superhero an antithesis at the very least.That said the genre of the African warrior could just be as diverse as that of the superhero but for it to be original it must first be truly African!

 

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5 thoughts on “ENTER THE AFRICAN WARRIOR

  1. Your articles are usually fun to read until you write about a character you don’t like. You obviously do not like the guardian prime character so you do everything to ridicule him whenever you get the opportunity. The problem with this is that whenever you do it, you always end up shooting yourself in the foot. How do i mean? Look at what you said about kwezi for instance. You pointed out one feature that makes him represent his African background which is the fact that he has the map of Africa on his chest but you failed to point out that the guardian prime’s uniform is a full representation of the Nigerian flag. Why? You did something similar some time back in one of your articles with a sub heading ‘africa does not need a superman’ putting superman side by side with the guardian prime. Bro, obviously, the first thing you think of when you see a muscular comic book character levitating in the air and wearing a cape, is superman
    But not everyone who wears a cape is superman. I have read the guardian prime comic, and even worked with the creator himself and as much as the character might seem like Superman from his looks, the difference between the two characters is very clear (boyscout and patriot) but i will not go into that today. All I’m saying here is if you want to criticize a character, do it with facts. Don’t do it out of shear hate or just to spite the character. Once again, i always love your articles and reviews, keep them coming… Peace

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  2. Sorry was saying while gp has the Nigerian colors like I said he still lacks a lot when it comes to showcasing Africa….my point is yes in his pages he does his best to defend the culture but he still gives the impression of another flying brick archetype,the likes of omniman supreme and captain dynamo make him just another ….footnote so to speak in the grand perspective while Goku virtually receives recognition as his own man…I wouldn’t be so concerned but gp is potentially the most recognized African character out there and that’s why its essential he’s truly original,,,painting superman in the Nigerian colors to me is the equivalent to creating another sentry or Hyperion,,,,,I just think Africa deserves better but I agree with you I’m still beating a dead horse and I tire of repeating myself after all maybe its just my perspective that’s flawed but either way thanks again you taking time to type that proves you care and I’ll definitely keep them coming thank you!!!

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  3. i get your point, but have you ever considered that despite the guardian prime being of African origin, the creators also wanted him to have a bit of that foreign feel added to his character/comic so that not only nigerians but also foreigners can relate to the character?
    i mean is it wise to create a character that appeals to only our people? what happens when you want to go international with that character? maybe the guardian prime wasnt created for the african audience alone… maybe he was created for a general audience.

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    1. If that’s true then it simply proves my point….a lot of the manga we read were created for the Japanese audience and even so they are still global hits most of them with little to no foreign elements this proves we don’t need to add foreign elements and honestly any attempt to do so demonstrates a lack of confidence for the African culture!!!All I’m saying is Africa as it is can be a global hit without foreign material!!

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