The most popular example of Afrofuturism at the moment is probably the Marvel movie Black Panther. Other examples of Afrofuturism that may come to mind are images like the one above or science fiction novels that are based on the African continent. This is because Afrofuturism by definition encompasses: ‘a philosophy of science, aesthetic and history that explores the developing intersection of African culture with technology.’
Using this definition it is clear to see how Afrofuturism can often have nothing at all to do with the African continent as it necessitates a link with technology – which in and of itself is often thought to originate only from the western world. For example, a main theme in Afrofuturistic art is space – many artists will use imagery such as the moon, spaceships or stars to depict they vision of Afrofuturism. This is despite the fact that out of 55 African countries only 8 – Kenya, Ghana, Morocco, Egypt, Algeria, Nigeria, South Africa and Angola – have space programs at all. Zambia is notably missing on this list despite the efforts of Edward Mukuka Nkoloso.