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"The challenge will take weeks to prepare."
―River Tribe Elder[src]

The River Tribe Elder is a member of the Wakandan Tribal Council and the leader of the River Tribe.[1]


Incoronation of T'Challa

As the elder of his tribe, the River Tribe Elder went to the Warrior Falls to attend the Incoronation of T'Challa. During the ceremony, he announced that the River Tribe would not challenge T'Challa for the throne of Wakanda.

Later, the elder took part in a meeting of the Tribal Council, during which Okoye announced that they had intel about the criminal Ulysses Klaue, with an opportunity to capture him.[2]

Erik Killmonger's Campaign

"Is this man Wakandan or not?"
―River Tribe to T'Challa[src]

As an unidentified individual arrived in Wakanda, claiming to have killed Ulysses Klaue, the River Tribe Elder joined an emergency Tribal Council meeting summoned by T'Challa. When they interrogated the outsider, he questioned T'Challa if he is Wakandan or not. Finally, when the elder asked who the man was in Xhosa, like the other Elders, the River Tribe Elder was surprised to learn that the newcomer was actually N'Jadaka, also known as Erik Killmonger and the son of late Prince N'Jobu. When N'Jadaka claimed the throne of Wakanda, the River Tribe Elder declined N'Jadaka's challenge for the throne because their challenge will take weeks to prepare.

Later, the elder had to return to the Warrior Falls to witness his duel against T'Challa. When T'Challa was defeated, the River Tribe Elder swore allegiance to Killmonger, and as such, was forced to help him carry on his plan to send Vibranium weapons all around the world. However, Killmonger was eventually overthrown by the returning T'Challa, and the elder once again got to serve the rightful King of Wakanda.[2]


―River Tribe Elder to Erik Killmonger[src]
  • Bilingualism: The River Tribe Elder speaks his native Xhosa as well as English with a Wakandan accent.


  • Kimoyo Beads: He wears one of these on his wrist to serve a number of purposes.






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