Seeing Central Africa

Africa with Ade Adepitan BBC2

Scenes from Africa are common on our television screens – often through particular lenses. There’s the adventure travel show lens with fabulous wide-angle views of savanna’s and sunrises with tall grazing giraffes and herds of wildebeest. Switch screen to scenes of poverty, hunger or migration that feed the perception of Africa as a place of hopelessness. Or switch again to the coups, corruption and conflicts. Yes, all of that is part of Africa, but it’s only part. There is so much more to Africa, so much hope, drive, innovation, so much we can learn from Africa.

Ade Adepitan is a brilliant British Nigerian presenter, athlete, vocal advocate for disability rights and really just a man I admire. It’s rare that I watch a TV show about Africa because I’m tired of the same narrow narrative. But this – this four part series by Ade about four regions of the continent -was such a pleasure, I watched it twice. Full of reality, diversity, humanity and a whole different way of seeing and sharing Africa.

I’m only including one episode here in part because it is the only one I found in a format accessible to those who may not be able to access BBC UK and, in part, because I don’t know Central Africa.

Watch, enjoy and I’d love to hear what you think. What questions or reflections did you have?

Rating: 1 out of 5.

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