Netflix Might Land the First Two Seasons Of African “Sex and the City” Series “An African City”
Even those it’s been off the air for the past several years, the HBO series, “Sex and the City,” continues to have a cult following. The show inspired many young women to move to New York City in hopes they would be living the city lifestyle similar to what was shown by their favorite characters.
One of the show’s biggest fans is Nicole Amarteifio, who moved from Ghana to New York then returned back to Ghana. Amarteifio attended graduate school at Georgetown University and went back to Ghana after getting a job with the government. While finding out the job wasn’t for her, she fell in love and when the relationship ended, she mended her broken heart by binge watching the DVD box set of “Sex and the City.”
This is when she got the idea to create her own series, called, “An African City.” She told the New York Times, while watching “Sex and the City,” she was thinking, “These women are actually very familiar. Women I know in Accra, women I know in Kigali or Nairobi or Lagos or Monrovia.”
“An African City” is a web series which centers around five friends in Accra, Ghana who are looking for love while wearing to-die-for fashion from Ghanaian designers.
Each character shares a resemblance to its HBO predecessor. The main character is Nana Yaa, who is a radio journalist and narrates the show, basically the Carrie Bradshaw. Miranda-types can find themselves in Zainab and Makena who are independent and focused on their business. Ngozi can be considered the Charlotte of the show due to her church girl background and doesn’t like to talk too much about sex. Sade is the Samantha of the friend circle who proudly carries designer handbags given to her by her rich married boyfriend.
“An African City” showcases the lives of well-off African women who are the one percent in Ghana. The young women have become westernized due to attending the top schools in the United States and having to come back home and readjust to the cultures of their continent.
They are described as “returnees,” meaning the children of families who left Ghana for the West and came home with “returnee saviour syndrome.”
Once again, the series depicts the lives of women living the one percent lifestyle. Their problems consist of maids stealing their bras and a neighbor’s power generator being too loud.
Amarteifio says of the feedback she’s gotten from the show, “It’s definitely my mother’s generation who come up to me and say, ‘Good job, good job, keep it going!’ And I’m assuming it’s because they like the fact that these are five young women talking so freely about sex, and there’s something so liberating about these five women. Maybe they didn’t feel in their day that they were that free.”
A season 1 episode finds Sade without her vibrator for three months due to it being in her luggage which is being held at customs. Traditional marriage is also a topic when a date of Zainab’s tries to assure her he is not married, but when he friends her on Facebook, he’s not hiding his actual marital status.
Sade tells her friend, “When a man in Ghana says that he’s single, it means that his wife is just in another country or in another city or the other room.”
Amarteifio has been in talks with networks such as BET and the Africa Channel to take “An African City” further. Included in those talks have been Netflix which could be the likely home of the show’s first and second seasons. Amarteifio is currently discussing with the streaming service her new show, “The Republic,” which is an African version of “Scandal” and she’s working on season 3 of “An African City.”
Watch the first episode of “An African City” below.
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