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When the hit HBO series Sex and the City wrapped in 2004— with the finale of Girlfriends following after— there was an undeniable void left in television for women. The small screen was missing a show with relatable, likable female characters that exhibited the everyday conversations and concerns of average women. It was absent of the kind of show that women and even men could watch for fashion ideas, laughs and a feeling of compassion for the characters. But now, a decade later, that void could finally be filled with the new web series An African City.
The web series, created by Nicole Amarteifio, premiered this March and is quickly becoming a must-see obsession. The show centers on five stunning, smart, fashionable, and ambitious African-born women living a modern city life in Ghana, West Africa. The characters relate to each other through their Western-raised backgrounds, along with their decision to return to the motherland to improve their careers and find love.
Nana Yaa is the leading lady of the series. She is a Columbia University graduate who moved to America as a child. She finds herself back in her homeland of Ghana trying to adjust to the language, etiquette, and other Ghanaian customs. She claims she has returned to seek “big government contracts,” but we are left to wonder if she has only come back to seek her African ‘Mr. Big.’ Each episode includes very Carrie Bradshaw-esque narration from Nana Yaa.
Of course, Nana Yaa would have no one to confide in about her new life in Africa if it were not for her four opinionated girlfriends: Sade, Makena, Zainab and Ngozi. Sade, the sassy part-Ghanaian and part-Nigerian, is a marketing manager with a keen sexual appetite and a cleaver potty-mouth. Makena, the optimistic, biracial former-Londoner, spends a considerable amount of time seeking business opportunities, because after all, she returned to Ghana an unemployed divorcee. Zainab is a successful entrepreneur who is very career-driven and isn’t afraid to voice her opinions. Ngozi is the youngest and most innocent of the clique. She is a devout Christian who clings to her morals in any given situation.
An African City is a refreshing change-of-pace from other web series and television shows. It displays a strong sisterhood among the characters, educates its audience on the beauty of Ghana, and models stunning African fashion. But one of the most appealing things about the series is that each woman is relatable. Whether you’re #TeamSade or #TeamNgozi (episode 9), you will find a bit of your personality in at least one of the five women. Watch an episode of Nana Yaa and the crew, and you’ll be hooked.
You can watch an episode of the show below.