“An African City” Web Series Channels Sex and the City, Ghanaian Style
Ghanaian web series An African City, created by Nicole Amarteifio, is one of its country’s most successful Youtube Channels and episodes gather over a million views. The series portray the lives of five African young women dating and falling in love in Accra.
The show, which has many similarities with HBO’s hit Sex and the City, was featured recently on the New York Times, where author Jada F. Smith describes: “the women spend an enormous amount of time sipping cocktails in dimly lit restaurants as they chat about rolling power outages, good condom etiquette and men who expect them to leave their jobs and make fufu all day.”
The characters in the show, just like the creator, are well-off African women that lived in the “Western World” and returned, and the story shows a side of African culture that is rarely shown in mainstream media. These highly educated, liberal (with the exception of Ngozi, the “Charlotte” of the group) returnees, as those who come back after life in Europe or North America are often referred to, allow the author to poke at many issues of Western and African Cultures.
The first season of the series contains 10 episodes and is available in Youtube. The show has not only caught the New York Time’s attention, it’s been featured in Elle Magazine, Black Star News, and many other media.
“When I first saw Sex And The City, I just thought these women were so authentic – they are discovering their sexuality and talking in such an open way. But the gap between their experiences and my experience discovering the same things in Africa was so big,” said Nicole Amarteifio on a featured piece on The Guardian. There, she recalls how she felt that only a part of the stories of African women was being told, and she also acknowledges that Sex and the City was a big inspiration: “When I first saw Sex And The City, I just thought these women were so authentic – they are discovering their sexuality and talking in such an open way. But the gap between their experiences and my experience discovering the same things in Africa was so big.”
Regarding her format of choice, Amarteifio not only believes that working online frees her from TV networks guidelines and restrictions,but it also allowes her to push boundaries. “People will be shocked, and some people will be angry – especially some African men. But by putting my show online I have the creative freedom to talk about these sexual politics. It is all about the conversation”, she told The Guardian.
Watch An African City’s first episode:
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