A Nigerian Finds Hard Truths — And Hope — In Netflix Series On Nigeria

Ifeanyi Nsofor reviews the documentary series, Journey Of An African Colony, which confronts a painful past — including involvement in the slave trade — and celebrates the nation's independence.
Olasupo Shashore, an author and historian and former attorney general in Lagos State, produced and narrated the new Netflix documentary series Journey of an African Colony: The Making of Nigeria. He's shown above in Lagos, Nigeria. Source: Quramo Productions

The street where I grew up in Kano, northwest Nigeria, is called Independence Road. Each day, it reminded me of Nigeria's independence and sovereignty from Great Britain on Oct. 1, 1960.

This year, as the country marks its 60th anniversary, celebrations will be muted due to COVID-19-related restrictions. But as many Nigerians stay home to celebrate, I hope they will watch the Netflix documentary series Journey of an African Colony, The Making of Nigeria, produced and narrated by Olasupo Shasore, the former attorney general and commissioner for justice in Lagos State and a historian and writer. The series, which has its world premiere on Thursday on the streaming service, traces Nigeria's history of slave trade and colonial occupation — and then independence.

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