In case you haven’t heard, An African City, is described as the Ghanaian Sex in the City. An African City is the brainchild of Nicole Amarteifio and tells the story of African women who have returned to Ghana to live permanently.
After the first season, I was blown away by the stylish clothes, funny predicaments the ladies found themselves in, and the awesome music.
I was also very excited by the excitement women from all over the Diaspora (and those not of the Diaspora) had for the series. The creators of this series did a phenomenal job of marketing because I saw the series everywhere in articles from Vogue to some of my favorite bloggers.
I liked how the show touched on issues that expat women such as myself would have when returning to Ghana such as rent vs buying, lying men (well, technically not since I’m married. lol), classism, and infrastructure problems to name a few, without romanticizing this amazing return to Ghana (although a return is still worth it, in my humble opinion).
The second season came and wowed as well, and continued to convey a realistic return to Ghana without romanticizing it. The second season is available for $19.99, and I didn’t mind paying since they gave us the whole first season for free. Get that coint, girls.
It’s not my series, and I didn’t put up any money, but here are a few critical thoughts I had about the show.
- When Sade is looking for a vibrator and couldn’t find them, perhaps she just didn’t know where to look? Just because she didn’t know where to shop for a vibrator in Ghana doesn’t mean that they’re not there. Trust me, Ghana has vibrators.
- Where are the Ghanaian women who are off similar means that they could befriend? I know this is a show about these main characters, but I know there are lots of young, professional Ghanaian women who could have been apart of the story line. I also understand that perhaps that’s not the story that the show might have wanted to tell…
- Where were the actors and actresses who are popular in Ghanaians film and TV shows? I would have loved to see cameos. Again, not my show.
- In season 2, I read one comment that called the show ‘fashion porn’ because of the promiscuity of some of the characters. In that regard, I definitely felt like it was Sex in the City, and I could understand the commenter’s frustration.
- Why call it an African Sex in the City…I know…marketing. The ladies did a phenomenal job marketing the show, and I even see the show being translated into French, but I will celebrate that the day that African culture doesn’t have to be ‘Western-plained.’ On the other hand, I understand that you need to recoup your loss and ‘cross over’ in some regard in order to make the most return.
Overall, I really like the show, and I’m very proud that these women created the movement to tell these character’s different stories.
When they get ready for Season 3, me and my pocketbook will be ready. I love how the creativity and business acumen of the show demonstrated that if you want to tell you story. Find the funding, just do it.
Check out the trailer for season 2 here.
Congrats to the cast, crew, and creator.
Support, support, support!
Thanks for reading.