Chadwick Boseman’s lessons on leaving a legacy.

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Chadwick Boseman was admired and respected not only as a person but also for what he stood.  

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“Wakanda Forever!” If you’re a movie lover then you understand where the cross-armed salute saying comes from. If not, I recommend you spare some time to watch the Black Panther  movie. The lead actor Chadwick Boseman aka Black Panther recently passed on at the prime of his life and career. This was a huge blow to the film industry. He was admired and respected not only as a person but also for what he stood.  As a celebration to the life he lived, here’s what you can learn from him on how to leave a lasting legacy:

1. Support a cause

Early during his childhood, he went through a loss that made him realize the need to support the young, gifted and black generation. He wasn’t scared to use his platform in the film industry to voice out on such issues. Contribute to the change you want to see by supporting a cause that impacts your local community.   

2. Mentor

Share with the younger generation what it takes to achieve a goal and help them see their potential to make it. One of his cast members in the Black Panther expressed how he created a space for everyone on set to feel safe, open and bold. He made a significant impact on everyone he met and an inspiration to his fans.      

3. Passion

Do what you love and you will love what you do. Boseman’s love for theatre never faded even though he had on-screen roles. He also directed a number of plays which won several theatre awards. His passion is one that many will associate him with. What you choose to pursue is how people will remember you. 

4. Resilience

Understand that life does have challenges even as you follow your career path. All that is meant to shape your purpose. Despite dealing with health issues, he continued doing what he loved. He didn’t allow that to get in way of fulfilling his purpose and in the end he left a lasting legacy.    

5. Team work

Appreciate the fact that you stood on the shoulders of those before you. Those who worked with you and for you. Boseman always acknowledged that the success he had in his life was made possible by the people who supported and worked with him.

In conclusion

Peter Strople said, “Legacy is not leaving something for people. It’s leaving something in people.” Even as you aspire to be successful in your career, what legacy do you hope to leave behind? What are you doing now to achieve it? Share with us in the comment section below.


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    KISHOYIAN | September 28, 2020 09:57

    We have to live it for others, hold the mantle, banner and scepter straight with steadfast and high for the wellbeing of humanity. For that is who we are. RIP Our Young Legend #Wakanda

    Ojok | September 10, 2020 05:21


    Ivan | September 09, 2020 05:26

    RIP bro will miss your Action in this Heavy commercial movies representing Africa

    Daugy | September 07, 2020 15:19


    Daugy | September 07, 2020 15:15

    An inspiring story .may u rest in peace mr chadwick

    KIRABIRA | September 06, 2020 19:15

    So inspiring and motivating, rip Boseman

    KIRABIRA | September 06, 2020 19:14

    So inspiring and motivating

    Pius | September 05, 2020 14:31

    Good stuff. Very inspirational piece.

    Hyrene | September 05, 2020 09:39

    Reply Hyrene| september,05,2020 I do Lobby and Advocate for youths of Today and also to mobilize and sensitize the community on sexual and reproductive heath as well as capacity building respectively just to encourage youths again to venture into their talents and careers inorder to shine just like our brother chadwick, may the Lord rest his soul in enternal peace!

    Vivian | September 05, 2020 06:09

    Wow...Legacy is not about what you leave for people but what you leave in people..Legacy involves thinking about other people and not just ourselves. If every one of us could focus on that, this world will be a better place.May God help us Rest in peace Chadwick

    owino | September 04, 2020 17:57

    WAKANDA FOREVER!!! Keep pushing

    Steve | September 04, 2020 16:35

    Rip,wakanda forever

    Awor | September 04, 2020 15:42

    Wakanda Forever. #RIP CHAD

    NAMWANJE | September 04, 2020 12:38

    Boseman was a very talented actor. My personal favorite was his role in Marshall he really inspired me to live for a purpose. I will really miss his character on the screen. The good thing is that he is resting and he left a good name 😀😀

    Geofrey | September 04, 2020 10:05

    May he rest in peace.

    WASIKE | September 04, 2020 09:09

    Very inspiring. RIP bro.

    Prisca | September 03, 2020 19:05

    very inspiring life story. RIP Boseman.

    Prince | September 03, 2020 17:55

    Rip great mentor

    Mostopher | September 03, 2020 17:46

    Rest in peace brother

    Faith | September 03, 2020 17:44

    He was so brave. May his soul rest in enternal peace 😓. Great article

    Aromorach | September 03, 2020 16:10

    Wakander forever rip

    jayne | September 03, 2020 16:09

    Nice article...this will surely add something in the lives of those who've read and shared...its in giving that you receive.

    Andrew | September 03, 2020 15:54

    May he Rest in Peace indeed..

    stephen | September 03, 2020 15:41

    I will do that thanks for your time and consideration Thank-you so thank you so much.

    Samuel | September 03, 2020 14:44

    Great Inspiration

    Debra | September 03, 2020 14:26

    Quite encouraging

    Mwalimu | September 03, 2020 14:12

    Rest in peace

    Ali | September 03, 2020 11:59


    Festus | September 03, 2020 11:18

    Wakanda forever really inspired me to be an actor just like he was

    Kelvin | September 03, 2020 11:12

    Inspiring article, We will miss King T'Chala. May his soul rest in Paradise #WakandaForever

    Nancy | September 03, 2020 10:52


    Violet | September 03, 2020 10:50

    Quite inspiring. May he rest in peace

    sam | September 03, 2020 09:56

    Many thanks for the awesome article. You have well defined what Legacy is. All Good Things

    KOMAKECH | September 03, 2020 08:25

    Inspiring RIP Chadwick

    Sandiego | September 03, 2020 08:19

    It's really so sad to miss CHADWICK aka WAKANDA hero. he was so passionate a bout his career even when you watch the black panther movie, he really portrayed the love for his career. he was such inspirational to many young men in Africa. 'We will forever miss you WAKANDA hero' RIP.

    Epuret ben | September 03, 2020 08:15

    let his soul rip

    SSENYONDO | September 03, 2020 08:12

    Really inspiring article #Legacy is not leaving something for pipo but leaving something in people, and indeed he really left something in me.BigUp May his soul rest in peace.

    Peter | September 03, 2020 07:55

    Very encourage story

    Josephat | September 03, 2020 07:54

    This is quite inspirational.I have learned more on my journey on inspiring and mentoring the young professionals in my field.

    WAMANGA | September 03, 2020 07:52

    No article , or piece written by any one can do justice to wat he stood fr words can describe, only GOD can.... RIP man

    Molly | September 03, 2020 07:51

    not even sickness could bring him down to make an impact to the world.He was resilient.

    Peter Ambenge | September 03, 2020 07:27

    It's a great lesson for all of us.

    NANTAMBI | September 03, 2020 07:19

    Very interesting

    Fiona | September 03, 2020 07:19

    Powerful lessons in this article. Thank you for sharing it.

    Njoroge | September 03, 2020 07:08

    I Njoroge Wanjigi, l am a die-hard fan and believer of the latent potential of the African continent. Consequently I have founded the Pearlsmart Institute of Entrepreneurial Development for if Africa is to take her rightful place amongst equals that can and will only be realised through economic empowerment through skills training and development. Over and above these I have been Inspired to via for the presidency and lead my beloved Motherland magical Kenya in the upcoming elections. Shalom


    ZAITUNI | September 03, 2020 16:27

    Wish you all the president

    jacinta | September 03, 2020 07:05

    So inspiring article

    jacinta | September 03, 2020 07:03

    So inspiring

    Arinaitwe | September 03, 2020 06:50

    I watched and enjoyed the movie "black panther', and that's where I got to know more and love this man. Indeed he is an inspiring person. May his soul rest in peace

    Lavina | September 03, 2020 06:42


    OBICH | September 03, 2020 06:41

    Very very amazing , pandaforever

    kyobutungi | September 03, 2020 06:28

    Will forever be remember for the lessons will leave through us

    Henry | September 03, 2020 06:02

    "Do what you love and you will love what you do..!" Very inspiring RIP Chadwick

    Esther | September 03, 2020 05:54


    Joshua | September 03, 2020 05:52

    Legacy is Not wishful thinking, but rather Hard work, Discipline, Consistency and being Focused. The journey of Legends is characterized by sacrifices and humility. In most of the movies I have watched in recent days, it appears Chadwick always stood for right values. MHSRIP.

    Daniel | September 03, 2020 05:50

    Educative article 🤝

    Less | September 03, 2020 05:39

    To live a good life in Jesus Christ the foundation of all🙏


    Esther | September 03, 2020 05:54

    I love your answer 😊


    KELVIN | September 03, 2020 07:00


    Ruth Epetait | September 03, 2020 05:39

    May God grant me the grace to leave a positive impact in those that are around me or those that happen to cross my path and vise versa

    OKELLO | September 03, 2020 05:24

    What an inspirational legacy. CB, for the younger generation

    GRACE | September 03, 2020 05:18

    Thank you for this inspiring piece!!! WAKANDA FOREVER!!!!

    Seif | September 03, 2020 05:08

    Dear author, Thank you for this article, it is uplifting indeed! Chadwick Boseman has truly left a legacy and has been an inspiration to all of us, mostly those of us who have an African ethnicity and have aspirations to be the best versions of themselves in this life. As I aspire to be successful in my career, I want to leave a legacy of tutoring as many youths as I can through my future education program and be a living proof that indeed you can be a multi million dollar entrepreneur from any part of the world as our predecessors have proved to us. I want to have private school systems that incorporate practical lessons on the handling of money for as we all know the sprout should be trimmed while still young. Many youths finish school and get successful careers but still struggle in their finance welfares because they have the knowledge and skills required to make money but they lack a real life practical education on how to have financial amplitude, on how to make every dollar that lands in their hands count. That's the legacy I intend to leave behind. Seif.


    Nakazibwe | September 03, 2020 08:22

    Hands down I support your legacy we need sthg like that. I pray God bless your idea

    BRENDA | September 03, 2020 04:53

    How many times did he visit Uganda .a good motivator,........may he RIP.

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    Nahia | September 03, 2020 06:24

    Indeed his soul should rest in peace.

    MANG'ULA | September 03, 2020 04:52

    It is quite unfortunate that Chadwick left us at an early age. But I believe he had served his God given purpose. The impact he has left behind is huge and will be spoken about for years to come. I see alot of resemblance with Chadwick. When I was young I underwent a very traumatising event. But people came in and impacted into my life. So I feel an obligation to do the same. I am an aspiring Psychologist. Currently I do Counseling. I am very passionate about Mental Health. I have been Mentoring young boys and girls and especially with the serge in Teenage pregnancies. I've been having candid talks with them. On the consequences of early Sexual activities. It is said that everything has its Time. That has been my message to them. After every cohort session with the girls (we were giving them Sanitary pads and underpants and for the Boys Boxers and socks) Depending on availability of donations from people, we would also give them.a Care Basket. During the session with the Boys we talk about about being a Real Man. Resilience was one characteristic. Now I have a very good example of a case study, Black Panther himself. #WakandaForever!!

    Godfrey Jethro | September 03, 2020 04:34

    inspirational, rest in peace mentor

    Tinna | September 03, 2020 04:25

    Very very inspiring!!!


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    Joseph | September 09, 2020 13:54

    ver inspiring

    Benard | September 03, 2020 04:12

    My name is Benard Orimba and my passion is changing my community. I pray hard that God one day will open ways for me. My community is poor and lack what to do. No employment, no one encouraged them.

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    GILBERT.A.FEZA | September 03, 2020 05:54

    Try to mobilise the community into forming groups so as to benefit from government programs like emyooga,YLP and networking with other NGO which specialises in youth,girls and women


    jaspher | September 04, 2020 14:33

    you are a bit out of context here brother

    Samuel | September 03, 2020 03:54

    I would wish to train and mentor the youths of Today in creative and performing Arts. like a tattoo ink my skills in them.

    DUKE | September 03, 2020 03:47

    Great article

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