Bet You Didn’t Know: Secrets Behind the Making of “Coming to America”

June 18, 2012  |  
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Where did “Zamunda” come from?

If you thought Zamunda was a real country, it’s time you seriously consider investing in a good map. The origins of this fictional African nation are questionable. Some claim comedian Richard Pryor, who Eddie Murphy strongly admired, used the name in his routine when he was talking about a fictional African tribe. Co-writers of the script, Blaustein and Sheffield say it came from writer Bob Zmuda, they just altered the name to make it sound more authentic. It’s a mystery.

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