I had the privilege of speaking to the renowned Zeinab Badawi last week. She is working on an exciting sequel to her documentary series on the History of Africa. You can watch the first series here. The great news is that she is currently doing preparatory work for the next series which will feature Nigeria! She will interview a lot of prominent people in Nigeria and give insight on pre-Colonial Nigeria.
Ms Bedawi is rather busy these days. I first came across her when she was a news reader on Channel 4. These days she is the chair of the Royal African Society and works with UNESCO. I am very much looking forward to her next series and highly encourage you to watch her first series above.
Good feature by CNN’s Vladimir Duthier who talks to aspiring Nollywood actress Uru Eke about her unconventional path to the Nollywood film industry. Uru Eke started in the IT industry and has now transitioned to Nollywood.
Nice documentary on the National Geographic Channel hosted by Diego Bunuel – about life in Lagos and what confronts a newcomer to the city. Of course, there is an obligatory visit to a Redeemed Christian Church of God in Lagos.
For those of you in the UK, the BBC will be showing a programme and law and (dis)order in Lagos – hosted by the ever humorous Louis Theroux. Louis somehow gets into the world of Lagos Area Boys.
Should be a fun show.
Sunday October 10, 9PM GMT – BBC2
Some of you might have grown up watching the US kids’ show Sesame Street. Well, Sesame Street is coming to Nigerian television screens. A locally produced version with Nigerian version called “Sesame Square” will be broadcast in Nigeria. It will feature Nigerian characters and voices, including “Zobi, a yam-eating taxi driver, and Kami, a talkative five-year-old living with HIV”.
This is a television programme about Chinese business involvement and investment in Africa. The focus of this video is Chinese business investment in Zambia.
Programmes about Africa coming thick and fast from the BBC. The latest one is called “An African Journey” – hosted by Jonathan Dimbleby. He goes on at odyssey of sorts from Bamako, Mali, to Ghana, then to Lagos in Nigeria.
The BBC’s blurb says that “In Lagos, Nigeria’s business capital, Jonathan Dimbleby sees a different take on a city that is often depicted as a hotbed of violence, crime and corruption. He is taken on a private jet by Africa’s richest man, then savours the creative talents of two of African music’s rising stars who are helping to cement Lagos’s place as the continent’s cultural hub.”
Full programme above, and clips below.
After the “Welcome to Lagos” fiasco, the BBC is running aoother programme tonight at 22:00 (GMT) on BBC4. The BBC says it will be a “film about elite young Nigerians returning to a burgeoning media world in Lagos”.
A link to watch the programme will be posted on here asap after the broadcast.
*Updated* April 30, 2010. Watch part 3:
The Guardian has also posted an interesting editorial article and debate about it:
*Updated* You can watch part 2 here:
For those that missed it, you can watch part 1 of the the BBC programme “Welcome to Lagos” here:
There is also a post by the show’s producer, discussing his experiences of filming in Lagos and the myriad characters he met.
Episode 2 is next Thursday: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00s5x5w