God Is African

Director: Akin Omotoso
Country: South Africa
Year: 2002
Running Time: 90 min.
Language: English

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God is African represents a new spirit in South African film, one aimed at breaking down cultural barriers, exposing xenophobia, and portraying a new consciousness of what it is to be African. The film is set at a university campus where youthful optimism seems to permeate the students’ outlook on life. Reality intrudes with the death sentence of Ken Saro Wiwa, Nigerian writer and environmentalist. Femi, a Nigeria student tries to politicize the student body, but he needs to convince Ade, a popular campus deejay, to help spread the word. The cast is awash with top actors, many of who hail from television hits Isidingo and Soul City.  The cast includes Sami Sabiti (Ade), a popular M-Net deejay, and cameos by well-known South African DJs such as the irrepressible Phat Joe, David Kau (YFM) and T Bose (MetroFM).