There have been plenty of times when I see a celebrity on a talk show, or some interview, say that they went to Africa. A lot of the time, they never clarify where and it always entails 2 things: safari or charity. This is how Africa is usually seen in the media. A huge blob with no discernible countries that only exists to satisfy the adventurous desires of Westerners or as a helpless entity, in need of constant rescue from AIDS, poverty, Joseph Kony etc. Don’t get me wrong, these are all undeniable truths about Africa and Africans, but they are not the only truths.
Most of the time, in order to understand a place, one needs to understand the people. And in Madison, WI, my second place of origin after Ghana, there is a plethora of different Africans from different countries. So that’s when I decided to make the web series African Time. And no, its not just about Africans being late, even though it is certainly discussed. It is about the different struggles, triumphs and idiosyncrasies of Africans in the U.S. Topics like homosexuality, love, interracial dating, having another career besides being a doctor or lawyer, raising African kids in the U.S. and those kids struggling with the pull of the U.S. and the beckon of their African traditions are all in here. African Time is a web series that will simply let everyone know that we are all the same, black or white, Mexican or African American. My name is Mawuena Akyea and I present to you African Time, a WaaveDada production in partnership with Africlectic magazine, new episodes every Wednesday, 7/8 Et. Watch the episode ”