In the time since the beloved Black Panther star Chadwick Boseman tragically passed away due to colon cancer in August, fans and celebrities have taken to social media to honor the actor and to express their condolences and disbelief. Academy Award winner Lupita Nyong’o, who co-starred in Black Panther, has penned an extraordinarily heartfelt and touching tribute to Boseman. In a Twitter post, Nyong’o wrote, “The news of his passing is a punch to my gut every morning. I am aware that we are all mortal, but you come across some people in life that possess an immortal energy, that seem like they have existed before, that are exactly where they are supposed to be – here! … that seem ageless … Chadwick was one of those people.” She talked about their time on the set of Black Panther, and the late actor’s distinct presence, writing, “You got the sense that he was fully present and also somehow fully aware of things in the distant future. As a result, I noticed that Chadwick never seemed rushed! He commanded his time with ease.”
She also touched on his thoughtfulness and sense of humor, writing, “I think he understood the power of words and chose to manifest power through his word. He used his mouth to build, to edify, never to break. And he used it to tell some regrettably lame dad jokes.” Dad jokes aside, Nyong’o’s reflective and piercing tribute is truly a beautiful piece to read that seems to capture the rare and wonderful person that Boseman was. Nyong’o writes quite hauntingly, “Chadwick’s death is something that I can neither take in nor take in my stride right now. Perhaps with time… I’m going to take my time… and in his honor, I promise not to waste my time. I hope you will do the same.” She concludes with a saying that Boseman’s wife, Simone Ledward, had said, “#TakeYourTimeButDontWasteYourTime.”
You can read Lupita Nyong’o’s tribute below.
— Lupita Nyong'o (@Lupita_Nyongo) September 8, 2020