Coming 2 America: ‘The first black fairytale’ revisited

The 2020s should be the decade of success for African women, according to a South African actress Nomzamo Mbatha starring alongside Eddie Murphy in Coming 2 America, the follow-up to 1988’s Coming to America, which made 288 million dollars at the box office.

Murphy played the African prince Akeem from the mythical land of Zamunda, who finds an ordinary American bride in New York City.

The actor called it “the first black fairytale”, adding: “It was also the very first time you had a movie with black people where you had kings and queens.”

The sequel reunites Murphy with many of the original actors, including James Earl Jones and Arsenio Hall, as well a new cast that includes Blade’s Wesley Snipes and Saturday Night Live’s Leslie Jones.

Mbatha, an actress and producer, says she hopes the plot will particularly appeal to African women, as it’s based around changing Zamunda’s ancient laws, so a woman can rule.


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