An African City: Episode 1

Five beautiful, successful African females return to their home continent and confide about love and life in ‘An African City’!- Facebook

 Meet the Cast

Character: Nana Yaa, a Ghanaian, was raised in New York state, just outside New York City. She returned to Ghana after earning her first degree at Georgetown, followed by her graduate degree in journalism from Columbia University.

Actress: MaameYaa Boafo is a New York based actress. She received her MFA in Acting from Rutgers University and has since worked with The American Globe Theatre as Ophelia in Hamlet, George Street Playhouse’s Company member and Project Y Theatre to name a few. Now crossing over to Film and TV, she has been in commercials airing in the States as well as Angola and just wrapped up a Sci-Fi film before shooting “An African City”. MaameYaa will next be seen in a few of Akosua Adoma Owusu’s films.

Character: Zainab, a Ghanaian born in Sierra Leone, grew up in Atlanta. Her entrepreneurial spirit brought her back to Ghana and she has a constant eye for business opportunities. Her primary business is exporting Shea Butter from Ghana to Europe and the United States.

Actress: Maame Adjei is currently a budding television producer, with productions that focus on Ghana’s tourism industry. She is also a member of the production team for the annual Miss Universe Ghana Pageant. With small roles in Speak as well as Coz ov Moni, Maame makes her major acting debut in ‘An African City.’ Maame has a B.A from Temple University and a masters from St. Josephs University both in Philadelphia, PA.

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Character: Sade, a Ghanaian-Nigerian raised in Texas, works as a marketing manager for a prominent Nigerian Bank based in Accra. She is a graduate of Harvard Business School and spent most of her young professional life between New York and Boston.

Actress: Nana Mensah is a Ghanaian-American New York-based actress. She is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and in her burgeoning career has played onstage with the likes of Meryl Streep, Alec Baldwin, Kevin Kline, LaChanze, Mandy Patinkin, Anthony Mackie and Jonathan Groff.

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Character: Makena was born in Kenya, but spent most of her life in London. She is from a biracial family, with a Ghanaian mother and a British father. In England, she graduated from Oxford Law and went on to have a successful career at a corporate law firm. However, after a divorce, she decided to return to the continent jobless.

Actress: Multi-talented artist Marie Humbert cultivated a love for the arts at an early age. Presently, Marie plays the role of Vivian in ADAM’S APPLES. She was also one of the ten finalists in ‘The Spirited Actor: Africa’s Next Hollywood Star’, with celebrity acting coach Tracy Moore. Marie began her acting career in theatre, captivating roles in SALLINGER by Bernard Marie Koltès and BITTER SAUCE by Eric Bogosian. Marie is bilingual (French/English) and enjoys modern ballet. Marie graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Drama at Deakin University in Melbourne, Australia.

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Character: Ngozi, a Nigerian and the youngest of the five ladies, was raised in Maryland. After earning her graduate degree in international affairs, she was offered a job at a development agency in Accra. Ngozi is the religious one of the group.

Actress: Esosa E is an award winning Actress, Writer, “Directress” named a “Young African Visionary” by Obaseema Magazine and included in Applause Africa’s list of “30 Most Intriguing Africans in NY.” As an actress some recent projects include the television pilots “An African City,” and “Brooklyn Shakara,” along with roles in independent films such as “A Lover’s Call,” “Mother of George, ” “Mysterious Prison,” and Nollywood film “Unguarded.” Her work as an actress has appeared on VOX Africa, BET, BET-J, and MTV and screened in numerous festivals and art circles worldwide including: Sundance Film Festival, Cannes Film Festival, International Film Festival Rotterdam, Milano Festival, the MOMA, and the Whitney Biennial. As a filmmaker she has written and directed several short films to date including “50 Bucks in Argentina,” which was an official selection in the 2011 Cannes Film Short Corner, MTV-U Film of the Week, and also won Best Short at the Nigerian Entertainment Film. Festival. In 2012, her short film “March On” won Best Documentary in the Vote it Forward Film Festival. Her most recent film “#Vengeance Is Mine” is available to watch online on demand via Dobox.tv, and on mobile devices via the Afrinolly app. Currently she is fundraising for her first feature film, “One Night in Brooklyn.” For more information visit:www.esosae.com

Photo Credit: Bob Pixel Photography

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New episodes every Sunday on YouTube. Here is the trailer for season one. I am so looking forward to future episodes. I enjoyed episode one. It reminded me of Girlfriends but instead the African version. What do you think? Will you be watching?

Thanks for stopping by <3

~Amma Mama

4 Comments
  • Klassy Kinks
    March 3, 2014

    So I really wanted to like this! The concept is spectacular. BUT. I couldn’t. And I’m heartbroken because of it! I mean…. the “Americanization” of the characters is too much. What kind of half Nigerian (Sade) can’t say Ngozi properly?? Idk, as someone who has lived in the US almost all her life, there’s no way I would go to Nigeria/any African country and give someone something with my left hand. I don’t even do that here! Ill give it a few more episodes though, thanks for the find!

    • Loving the series
      April 14, 2014

      LOL. Have you heard Yorubas butcher an Igbo name or language? Nyemili, becomes yanmiri, Don’t get me wrong the same goes for other group as in Igbo —> Yoruba as well, the difference in accents from one ethnic group to the other is enough. How do you expect an Hausa man who can’t differentiate his Ps and Fs to say Folake or Ifeyinwa? or Ibo’s with R and L… I know it’s not quite the same as not saying Ngozi properly, but it gives you an idea of how it is not a stretch at all.
      I actually don’t find it inauthentic. I grew up in Nigeria, till mid teens, I’ve been in the states for 15 years. I still commit these faux pas from time to time. Africans need to understand that we aren’t one homogenous group, even within countries and ethnic groups. There are children growing up in Lagos who are Yoruba but can’t speak a lick of Yoruba… Would their stories be inauthentic? Not to talk of Children of African heritage who’ve lived outside the content since birth.

  • Sheila Exodus
    March 5, 2014

    I thought it was going to be a documentary kind of thing but I like it so far. the characters are cool. Thank you for sharing. I always learn something new from your posts.

    • ammamama
      March 6, 2014

      Your welcome 🙂 I am so glad you like my posts. Thanks for reading and always leaving encouraging comments for me 🙂

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