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Watch Episode 1 Of New Web Series 'African City' ('Sex & The City' In Africa)

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by Courtney
September 24, 2012 5:19 PM
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African City

Here's your first look at a new web series directed by Clara Benice, written by Nicole Amarteifio, and starring Nana Mensah, MaameYaa Boafo, Esosa Edosomwan, Edwina Adama Lebbie, and Miriam Chemmoss.

The series' creators describe it as follows:

Think 'Sex and the City' meets Africa! Five beautiful, successful African females return to their home continent and confide about love and life in 'An African City'!

Episode 1 has debuted and you can watch it in its entirety below:

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30 Comments

  • TINA | October 6, 2012 2:41 PMReply

    disappointed to say the least.

  • Jaye | September 26, 2012 7:02 AMReply

    It was an interesting idea, but left much to be desired in execution. From reading the description, I thought it had the potential to be an entertaining commentary on the single African woman's encounters with dating. Instead it was a watered-down version of a tired theme, complete with offensive, overdone stereotypes to boot.; didn't bring the fresh approach it was capable of, and I blame the writing. The actors weren't the best either, but without good solid writing, no actor can shine.

  • AmaCocoa | September 25, 2012 5:33 PMReply

    This could be good if they had skipped the bashing/over-emphasis on dating white men. I would love to see dating from the returnee perspective

  • Akelah | September 25, 2012 2:44 PMReply

    I will be happy when black writers or wanna be writers stop trying to redo Sex and the City, Let it Go!

  • annie | September 26, 2012 2:19 PM

    This can't possibly be a redo of Sex and the City, because I don't remember those ladies putting down white men or that show being centered around all of them dating black men, other than one of them.

  • sundowner | September 25, 2012 10:38 AMReply

    So the African 'Sex and the City' is all about the virility and desirability of white men? Uh huh. Ok. I'm keeping it moving.

  • Shadé | September 25, 2012 3:44 AMReply

    I'm mad the ringleader has to be my namesake, but whatever...lol

    This is foolishness. Besides the awkward acting, and overdoing of historical references, this was just plain offensive and backwards. In my experience, there are plenty of educated, cultured, continental African men who could "understand" an African woman raised abroad. Plus, the generalization of white men as the chivalrous ones is pretty darn offensive. One could argue that ALL men want sex, food and respect...how does that make an African man less desirable? And what's with the overacting by the "naive" character? This show has got a long way to go in terms of relatability if you ask me...

  • artbizzy | September 25, 2012 1:44 AMReply

    I thought it was kinda funny. I was into the colonialism lessons sprinkled throughout. I was fairly engaged the entire time even though they all stayed in one spot. It's satire!

  • annie | September 26, 2012 2:31 PM

    This has to be satire. What else could it be when you see an African women having a "pretend" orgasm at the thought of Europeans taking Africa? This is sick and pathetic, but I am hopeful that this series will end up with these women seeing some value in their men and their culture.

  • ABUNGU | September 25, 2012 2:51 AM

    The series' creators describe it as follows: Think 'Sex and the City' meets Africa! Five beautiful, successful African females return to their home continent and confide about love and life in 'An African City'! You may think it's satire but that's not what the creator described and Sex In The City focused on the sexual exploits of 5 white women in N.Y. City. This is 5 black women in Africa. And their acting does not say satire.

  • Edwina | September 24, 2012 11:34 PMReply

    I made it through 3 minutes. Just more of the same old tiredness. Back to the drawing board.

  • Nadia | September 24, 2012 11:17 PMReply

    I know a couple of the actresses and I'm really hoping that this series is actually meant to mock women like these, and not meant to be a serious drama. Either that or they thought that the conversation about white men versus black/African men was *controversial* and would hold up, not realizing how tired that conversation is. Because if I'm to take this seriously, it's not working. I can only think of it as satire or a farce for it to work.

  • Kal | September 24, 2012 11:16 PMReply

    Anyone who thinks that this poorly made "series" is representative of a continent of 54 different countries needs to challenge their intellectual curiosity a little bit more.

  • BluTopaz | September 26, 2012 11:50 AM

    Are the creators African? If so, they need to challenge themselves as well.

  • Charlie Hooks | September 24, 2012 10:52 PMReply

    The bald-headed one gets a pass on a fuckery charge, just because she's so fine. "Love ya, Baldie!"

  • Penz | September 24, 2012 10:48 PMReply

    Whack. Again, white men benefit from the history of slavery and ignorance. The racist ones have no respect because they do what they want and ignorant women fall right into the game.
    Was this written by a white man?

    Or a brainwashed woman? I does NOT represent the many proud, intelligent women in the diaspora!

  • Annie | September 26, 2012 2:33 PM

    I fully agree.

  • Wow | September 24, 2012 9:42 PMReply

    RAW ALERT! Don't read this comment if you're easily offended by cus words and raw nastiness because I am about to go off on these nasty bitches. That's right, although MELISSAENAFRIQUE called them birds, I say birds of a feather flock together and these bitches are cum hungry whores looking for white dick in the motherland. Shiiiiit, I'd like to slap the shit out of Nicole Amarteifio for presenting some offense bullshit like this. I mean, who's the audience for this trifling mess? But wait, maybe this is okay because as one actress implied it's just a date, not a business arraignment. In other words, a black woman can sling raw goochie to any white foreign prick as long as they DON'T get paid. So maybe I should be more understanding. You know, one did say maybe a white man would understand her more than a Ghanaian does? But what does love and understanding got to do with this? Plain and simple, this is about ten black toes up and ten white toes down. Two naked booties going round-n-round. Skin touching skin going in and out. That's FUCKIN' so you can count me out. That reminds me, did the white chicks in "Sex In The City" sit around talking about black dick and what country had the best chocolate peters? HELL NAWL, white folks would have pitched a real live bitch and tore that muthafucker down. But shit, as B implied, there's something about some middle class black folks and their inferiority complexes (e.g. obsession with whiteness) that allows this shit to go unchecked. I don't know if I should be just as appalled at the actresses for allowing themselves to be pimped like this? I mean, what kind of money were they paid to say lines like "You are a beautiful woman, you DESERVE some imported white dick"... and "The should hire me at the UN, I have officailly majored in international fuckery" WTF.. it's a privilege to whore around for white dick?! And hire her for fuckery?! GTFOOH. Damn, I don't know what they're being paid but this webseries is pure fuckery with a double dong.

  • Thato | September 24, 2012 9:11 PMReply

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JUXDfIYIH-o
    Anyone remember Ya Ma'Afrika?

  • BluTopaz | September 24, 2012 9:07 PMReply

    This is some corny, Essence magazine after Susan Taylor left nonsense.

  • lauren | September 24, 2012 8:55 PMReply

    Funny without reading the post, I could tell this was suspect just by the promo picture... SMDH... haven't seen much to feel good about from African cinema... yet.

  • ALM | September 24, 2012 8:34 PMReply

    Sweet Jesus....the chick in the white wig as the prostitute.....The pact.....If you cross the color line and find love, that's great, but this clip seems to be very divisive. The positive thing that I can say about the show is that the actress standing with the long, thin earrings has a fantastic speaking voice.

  • Adam Scott Thompson | September 24, 2012 8:31 PMReply

    So, what's the premise again?

  • B | September 24, 2012 7:27 PMReply

    Pass. I tried. I'm so tired of middle class black folk's inferiority complexes (e.g. obsession with whiteness). It's funny, this clip, because Africans always try to argue that it's western hemisphere blacks (particularly black Americans) who have the obsession with whiteness. This video proves that theory to be false, for the most part. I don't know any black American women (slave-descended black American women) who sit around and talk like this about how much they are just obsessed with white men. Interracial dating aside (I've dated interracially and will continue to date men of whatever color as long as I find them interesting), this is just pathetic. Are there successful black Africans on the African continent who never studied outside the continent, who went to their country's universities and are homegrown successful? I want to know what those successful/middle class Africans are like. These girls are pointless.

  • WOW | September 25, 2012 6:18 PM

    @ DUSTTRACKS, although I may not "agree" with it's content, I wouldn't say it was poorly done. To be fair, the acting wasn't the best but it was far from poor. And again, I don't welcome the subject matter but how can one say it was poorly written? The "writing" and some of it's historical references were actually the best thing about this series.

  • Nadia | September 24, 2012 11:24 PM

    Trust me B, as a single black America woman in her 30s living in NYC, these conversations about white most definitely do happen. Haven't you seen all those blogs that are dedicated to black women looking for their white male saviors because black men aren't "cutting it" for them?

  • Dusttracks | September 24, 2012 8:43 PM

    I agree. Besides that, it's poorly done. Poorly written, poorly acted, poorly produced. Fail.

  • Winston | September 24, 2012 8:21 PM

    Sounds like someone has a gripe with Africans. Get over yourself, whitey.

  • MelissaEnAfrique | September 24, 2012 6:58 PMReply

    Can't wait to see the comments on this one!! This is the most white-boy talking I've ever seen black women doing. Haha! Please people, African women are not all this shallow! There are many male foreigners in Africa though, looking for birds like this.

  • NinaG | September 24, 2012 6:21 PMReply

    I should've known not to press play when I read " 'Sex in the City' in Africa"...

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