Africa – Looking pretty for a change
Anyone who has read “Americanah”, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s bestseller, knows that for some, life in a big African city is often no different from the lives of their peers in cities like London, Paris or New York. Adiche’s novel shifts between the USA and Nigeria and portrays, among other things, the life of the successful, of those who’ve “made it” in Lagos society.
The series “An African City” is set not in Lagos, but in Accra, the capital of Ghana, and traces the adventures of five young, emancipated women in a modern metropolis. The five friends are all “returnees”, young women who’ve studied in Europe and the US and who have returned from a life abroad to join the upper crust of this West African country. They meet regularly in fancy restaurants, the gym or in beauty parlours and their conversations centre mainly on men, la mode and manicures.