To bring Wakanda, Black Panther’s fictional African nation, to the screen, director Ryan Coogler and his crew travelled throughout Africa and drew from various African cultures and practices to create a new African nation that had never been colonized. Through shaping the rich and self-sufficient culture of Wakanda, the film explores how Western society often undervalues African culture and ancestry. In a Black Panther press conference in Los Angeles star Chadwick Boseman talked about how these themes made it especially important to him that Black Panther spoke with an African accent.

Boseman also touched on the fact his accent is perfectly normal, considering the world he grew up in. The movie stresses that Wakanda has been free from outsiders since the beginning of time, and the dialect in the movie reflects that, explaining “he actually got his education at home, and he would not been assimilate a language that is the colonizer’s language in order to speak to his people, so he had to speak with an African accent.”

You can catch T’Challa and the rest of Wakanda in Black Panther when the movie this theaters on February 16th.