This is My Africa

Director: Zina Saro-Wiwa
Countries: Nigeria / UK
Year: 2008
Running Time: 47 min.
Language: English

this is my africa

This Is My Africa is a project that seeks to change the public dialogue surrounding Africa. By answering an 18-point questionnaire, one hears about the Africa that sparks these people’s memories and personal perspectives. Through these interviewees, we learn about the Africa that has inspired, infuriated and delighted them. We will learn about their favorite food, songs, writers and artists. We will also learn about what they hope Africa will be like in 2060. There is a lot of unexpected passion in these testimonies and these views and ideas that are so passionately conveyed, come at an important time for the continent. The film features: Yinka Shonibare, John Akomfrah, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Colin Firth and others.

About the Director

Zina Saro-Wiwa

Zina-colourBiography: Zina Saro-Wiwa was born in Port Harcourt, Nigeria in 1976, the daughter of Ken Saro-Wiwa, the late Nigerian activist. She was raised in Surrey, England, and attended Bristol University. Zina has worked for the BBC as a presenter and programme-maker and has written for a number of broadsheets and magazines in London including the Sunday Times and Marie Claire Magazine. Her first film, Bossa: The New Wave, was about the modern Bossa Nova music movement.

Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs: 
Hello, Nigeria! (2004, 2009);
This Is My Africa (2008, 2009);
Phyllis (2011);
The Deliverance of Comfort (2011).

Filmography:
Bossa: The New Wave (2002)
Hello, Nigeria! (2004);
This Is My Africa (2008);
Phyllis (2010);
The Deliverance of Comfort (2011);
Transition (2012).