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Exclusive: Chiké Okonkwo Talks Becoming Call Of Duty's First Black Character With A Storyline

To no surprise, the Black community has secured yet another victory and this time, it’s in the gaming industry. In case you missed it, popular gaming franchise Call of Duty recently launched its 18th installment featuring British actor Chiké Okonkwo as the lead character, Arthur Kingsley. It was a historic launch as the role made him the first Black character to have a campaign storyline. Activision and Sledgehammer Games’ Call of Duty: Vanguard — which hit the market on Nov. 5, 2021 — is inspired by British paratrooper Sergeant Sidney Cornell, the first Black British soldier to land on D-Day.  Chiké Okonkwo’s role as Kingsley leads him into Operation Tonga before later joining a special operation task force callsign Vanguard to fight in World War II and bring victory for the Allied powers. The opportunity to portray Kingsley was a privilege and call-to-action for Chiké Okonkwo who was intrigued by the opportunity to tell an impactful story that represents the men and women who...

Jan 12, 2022