Cable news station, Al Jazeera is set to air a new documentary shot in Nigeria and designed for the Nigerian market.
Premiering on Al Jazeera English on Monday, 24 August, “My Nigeria” is a series of six half-hour documentaries designed to tell the human story.
From stand-up comedian, Basketmouth to Nollywood star turned politician, Kate Henshaw, from ICT expert Gbenga Sesan to fashion designer Deola Sagoe, from football coach Femi Bamigboye to female mechanic Sandra Aguebor, each film focuses on one central character who invites viewers into their world, sharing their story in their own words.
According to the head of documentaries at Al Jazeera English, Ingrid Falck: “The series was commissioned specifically to support Al Jazeera English’s brand, ‘Hear The Human Story,’ to bring people’s stories directly to our screens, told in a first-person style without mediation, offering a range of authentic views,”
The series was shot across Nigeria by award-winning South African directors, Brian Tilley and Clifford Bestall.
Flack said: “To get beyond the clichés of Africa, there isn’t a better place than Nigeria For every stereotype of corruption or extremism, there are millions of ordinary Nigerians making this African powerhouse tick. Our series focuses on these individuals to see first-hand how Nigerians are busy making a difference.”
Managing Director for MultiChoice Nigeria, John Ugbe, said: “MultiChoice has a long standing relationship with Nollywood and Nigeria’s creative industry. As an organisation that has for over a decade supported the development of the industry, it gives us great joy that Al Jazeera is shining the spotlight on success stories while showcasing the amazing talent that exists in Nigeria. Our audiences on the DStv and GOtv platforms will definitely find the series inspiring.”