Al Jazeera launches ‘My Nigeria’ documentary series


Funsho Arogundade
A series of six half-hour documentaries laced with the human stories and energy of Africa’s leading economy, Nigeria will be premiering on Al Jazeera English on 24 August 2015.
Each of the documentary titled, ‘My Nigeria’ will focus on one central character, who will invite viewers into their world, sharing their story in their own words. The channel’s choice are top stand up-comedian Basketmouth, Nollywood star Kate Henshaw, ICT expert Gbenga Sesan, fashion designer Deola Sagoe, football coach Femi Bamigboye and female mechanic Sandra Aguebor.
“The series was commissioned specifically to support Al Jazeera English’s theme ‘Hear the human story,’ to bring people’s stories directly to our screens, told in a first-person style without mediation and offering a range of authentic views,” said Ingrid Falck, head of documentaries at Al Jazeera English.
Ingrid added, “To get beyond the clichés of Africa, there isn’t a better place than Nigeria which is home to one in five Africans. 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 firsthand how Nigerians are busy making a difference.”
Award-winning South African directors Brian Tilley and Clifford Bestall shot the series across Nigeria.
Deola Sagoe
John Ugbe, Managing Director, MultiChoice Nigeria said of the series: “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.”
The series line-up are:
BASKETMOUTH: TRASH TALKING, premiering 24 August 2015
Basketmouth (real name Bright Okpocha) is arguably one of Nigeria’s most successful stand-up comic. Born and bred in Lagos slum, Ajegunle, he discovered his gift for comedy by chance and has never looked back. His take on the Lagos …Read More

Source:: PM Newspaper