An African City Season 2 premiered yesterday. Being the loyal
stan fan that I am, I bought my $19.99 subscription. If you’re a fan of the show and/or you thoroughly enjoyed Season 1 for FREE on YouTube, show your support by purchasing the subscription! If you can afford the $19.99, please support and don’t be cheap. Cheers to a $19.99 well spent! Purchase your subscription here.
Below is a preview clip of Episode 201-Another Return.
Below is my BFF and my thoughts on yesterday’s premiere. We both purchased our own subscriptions, watched on our own and then chatted about it afterwards.
Nana Yaa (played by actress MaameYaa Boafo) really shined in this episode. She just had a glow about her and she seemed to be in a happier place than when season 1 ended. Maybe it’s her relationship with her Angolan boo Fidel played by actor Hoji Fortuna. We’ll see how long their relationship lasts. By the looks of the trailer here, not for long.
My BFF’s Thoughts:
She thought Nana Yaa looked amazing as did all the ladies. She likes Nana Yaa’s relationship with her Angolan boo Fidel. She likes that he’s very understanding of her dual identities (Ghanaian and American) and she likes that he validated that she shouldn’t care what others think about her and her dual identities.
Sidenote: Nana Yaa has a blog “Nana Yaa Notes”. Check out the very first post here.
New Character: Cousin Adoma
In episode 201 we’re introduced to Nana Yaa’s feisty cousin Adoma played by actress Nana Akosua Hanson. She’s the latest returnee to Accra and she is very opinionated and judgemental towards the other returnees including her own cousin Nana Yaa.
My Thoughts on cousin Adoma:
I liked her and I actually thought she was funny. She was a great addition to the season 2 premiere. Oddly enough, I kind of related to her search for Ghanaian authenticity. I remember visiting Ghana in 2010 with my older brother. I remember being annoyed because all he wanted to do was party and go to the club. I wanted to do more cultural “Ghanaian” things. In my mind, I thought “I don’t party or club in MD so why would I come all the way to Ghana to do just that?” To make matters worse, many of the clubs we went to at first only played American music. As a result, I felt I wasn’t even getting an “authentic” Ghanaian clubbing experience..lol. With that being said, I could I totally understand Adoma’s frustration with Nana Yaa and the other ladies. Was she a bit harsh and annoying? Perhaps but I could totally understand why.
My BFF’s Thoughts on cousin Adoma:
She didn’t like her. She thought she was a bit too angry and not enjoying the moment. However, she understands that all returnees have a different experience. In addition, she believes that they’re entitled to that authentic experience. She liked how Nana Yaa came to that realization and that she and Adoma reconciled.
Sexism in Ghana
My BFF really liked how Episode 201 touched on Zainab’s (played by actress and An African City co-producer Maame Adjei) experience with sexism in the workplace in Ghana. Sexism is alive and well in Ghana. Actress Maame Adjei who is an actual returnee herself discusses in a recent podcast interview here with This Afropolitan Life her experiences with sexism in Ghana. Great candid interview and worth a listen. Also check out Maame’s new website here that just launched today.
I feel like Ngozi (played by actress and An African City associate producer Esosa E) always finds herself in these awkward situations. This scene was no exception. It was laugh out loud funny. My BFF and I both agreed that you gotta be careful who you let lay hands on you *side eye*…lol
I loved that viewers were able to see Ghana outside of the returnee world. It was nice and refreshing to see familiar sights like the bus station. It was also great to see non-returnee Ghanaians in the background of some scenes. Just everyday Ghanaians in their natural element. It made those scenes more realistic and actually added to that returnee experience.
The Hair and Necklaces
I also love Ngozi’s necklace above. It’s from Afiyo Creations. I am loving the hair, accessories and outfits so far. I am looking forward to the rest of this season’s hair & fashion. The lead stylist for this season Afua Rida (Styled By Rida) is sharing on her blog here the designers for ALL the looks and pieces in Episode 201.
In America, one drop black blood makes you black. In Ghana, one drop of a a returnee experience can make you a foreigner. Both are about being seen as outsiders.
-Nana Yaa (An African City Ep. 201)
Did you see An African City: Episode 201? What did you think of it?
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