Via Digital Spy
Nigerian playwright Wole Soyinka has branded a BBC documentary about the slums in Lagos “condescending” and “colonialist”. Aired on BBC Two, three-episode mini-series Welcome To Lagos tracked people living in the poorest areas of the Nigerian city to celebrate their industriousness.
Speaking to The Guardian, Nobel Laureate Soyinka said that the documentary was “the most tendentious and lopsided programme” he had ever seen.
Despite the series receiving critical praise in the UK, Soyinka said that it demonstrated “the worst aspects of colonialist and patronising” attitudes towards modern life in Africa.
Soyinka, who won the Nobel Prize for literature in 1986, said: “There was no sense of Lagos as what it is – a modern African state. What we had was jaundiced and extremely patronising. It was saying ‘Oh, look at these people who can make a living from the pit of degradation’. Continue Reading….
Well said Wole.
I knew from the very start that the BBC’s three-part documentary Welcome To Lagos wasn’t going to show Lagos (Nigeria) in a positive light.
Why would they bother to make a documentary about affluent, educated and successful Nigerians or at least show a balanced view.
No they would rather continue to just show the world the poverty and degradation. E.g. people who live on top of a rubbish dump (see pic above).
Congratulations goes out to the BBC. A job well done! You should clean up come awards season!
I now look forward to watching your next unbalanced three-part documentary, Welcome To Kingston.
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