An African City

A good friend of mine recently forwarded on this link to me saying it was like Africa’s Sex and the City. I put it aside for a few days thinking it was going to be a standard African TV programme but when I did find the time to watch it, I was hooked after the first episode. What I loved so much about it, was that I could relate to their stories. 

‘An African City’ is about five beautiful successful African females returning to Ghana after having lived abroad. They are Africans with a Western mindset and their stories are about love and life and how they come to term with their home continent. 

It portrays the continent in a positive light with great apartments, nice restaurants, fabulous clothes and upmarket places to entertain yourself. Some can argue it just focuses on the wealthy upper class but this is the story, the creator Nicole Amarteifio chose to tell. 

African culture can be quite conservative and what I love about this show, is that it is not scared to talk about certain topics African women may only talk about behind closed doors. 

African women are very often portrayed as submissive but here these ladies are very much in control of their lives. Sade is one of my favourite characters. She’s daring, sexual and on fire! She is very aware of what the role of a woman ‘should be’ but she doesn’t bow down to those rules. Instead, she goes in to get what she needs. She has feelings too and gets hurt but she is a very strong character who often tries to educate the other ladies on men, and prevent them from falling for the wrong one.

There is a big culture shock for these ladies, and I recall one episode which I can totally relate to when Makena says, she was expected to cook 3 meals a day, 7 days a week. She goes on to further state that she is a lawyer, not a full time chef. It is stories like this that African women in the diaspora can relate to when they return. I see it myself when I go back home, and what is expected of me. As I know I am only there for a few weeks I have learned to be quiet, not talk back and just do what is expected of me to keep the peace but if I lived there, I know I would be faced with very similar challenges as these women. 

I am aware this show has received many criticisms on how liberal the ladies are portrayed but I personally love it. I think it’s time for Africa to have a show like this. My only criticism is that the episodes are not long enough. 

To watch the first episodes, click here 
Eki Orleans
Hazel Eki Aggrey-Orleans, the award winning designer, is the creative force behind the high-end London-based fashion-label Eki Orleans. Born in Germany, raised in Nigeria and educated in London, her design aesthetic has been strongly influenced by this diverse mix of cultures. She draws inspiration from all of her cultural experiences, most notably, however, from her West African heritage.
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