This brand new series reveals the lives and stories of six diverse Nigerians who give us a glimpse of this vast country from a very personal perspective. From a stand-up comedian to a tech entrepreneur; from a politico-actress to a rural football coach; from a lady mechanic to an elite fashion designer, each 30 minute episode of My Nigeria pulses with the energy of Africa’s leading economy.
Basketmouth: Trash Talking
Monday 24th August at 22:30
Stand-up comedian Basketmouth invites us to eavesdrop onto his street-smart Nigerian life. He is, arguably, Nigeria’s most successful stand-up comic. Born and bred in the notorious Lagos slum Ajegunle, he discovered his gift for comedy by chance and has never looked back. His take on Lagos, West Africa’s most vibrant city, is upbeat, irreverent and challenging.
Kate Henshaw: Playing a Part
Monday 31st August at 22:30
Kate Henshaw has always been known as one of the Nollywood stars with integrity. Having made over 70 films, Kate decides to leave the fictional world and run for a seat in Nigeria’s House of Representatives. She wants to change how people are represented in her hometown of Calabar in Southern Nigeria, but politics in Nigeria is not for the fainthearted.
Gbenga Sesan: Connecting a Million
Monday 7th September at 22:30
As a pupil, Gbenga Sesan was denied access to the computer room at his Nigerian school and told he was not clever enough to operate one. Years later, he is an Information and Communications Technology (ICT) expert, with international awards and a successful consultancy business. He’s spreading his good fortune by teaching ICT and life-skills to young adults in Nigeria’s poorest neighbourhoods.
Femi Bamigboye: Local Man
Monday 21st September at 22:30
Femi Bamigboye’s Remo Football Academy has produced a series of young players who have represented their country at group age level – two will be in Nigeria’s squad at the under 17 World Cup later this year. Football coach and pastor, Femi, works and lives in a small Nigerian town of Iperu, he feels his job is not just to teach football; he wants to develop world-class young men, and inspire his loyal congregation every Sunday.
Sandra Aguebor: Lady Mechanic
Monday 28th September at 22:30
Sandra Aguebor, Nigeria’s first Lady Mechanic, grew up in Benin City. Her mother discouraged her from following her dream, sometimes beating her for tinkering with an engine rather than doing her kitchen chores. But Sandra responded to adversity by building a network of lady mechanics. She trains ex-sex workers, orphans, and victims of trafficking to be mechanics. Her Initiative has now spread to the north with its first project in Kano City, where the response from Muslim women has been unprecedented.