Documentary: An African Journey with Jonathan Dimbleby
Documentaries about Africa always generate interest and high TV ratings. However, they also tend to generate controversy that usually revolves around how film and documentary makers portray the continent. Such controversy was clearly illustrated in Welcome to Lagos, a documentary made by the BBC about Nigeria’s struggling underclass recently.
One of Britain’s renowned and most respected political commentators and current affairs presenter, Jonathan Dimbleby, has decided to take on the mantle of showing the world a different Africa in the BBC documentary An African Journey with Jonathan Dimbleby.
Jonathan has had four decades worth of reporting experience from the continent, He returns to Africa on a 7,000-mile journey to discover how it is changing.
In the first of three films, he travels across Mali, Ghana and Nigeria. On the River Niger he meets the men who dive for sand, learns the art of mud building in the ancient town of Djenne, and attends a court presided over by the King of the Ashanti, a former Brent council worker. In Lagos, Dimbleby looks at the thriving fashion and music businesses.
The documentary makers have stated that “In contrast to images of a continent afflicted by war, famine, poverty and AIDS, this series offers Africa in a new and refreshing light”
Other countries visited include, Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, Democratic Republic of Congo, Zambia and South Africa
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