For those of us in the UK, The Africa Channel (Sky channel 268) has on offer a stream of entertaining programming this May, boasting brand new episodes of some of our favourite shows, so if next month turns out to be another wash out, fear not! While you’re stuck indoors, there will be plenty of options to choose from to liven up the season with a taste of Africa.
Lovely cook Siba offers more of her sumptuous recipe ideas, while Kenya’s answer to Oprah, Patricia, enjoys a one-to-one with some brilliant guests from across Africa. Great Africans season features key characters that have shaped African culture, from Nobel Laureate Wole Soyinka to revered statesman Nelson Mandela.
Read further to find out what else is on offer.
A brand new series of Cooking with Siba bursts onto the channel later this month. Vivacious cook and viewer’s favourite Sibahle ‘Siba’ Mtongana’s brand of simple, healthy and unique dishes provides the mouth-watering passion of each entertaining episode. To complete the perfect recipe, Siba is joined by a celebrity guest who pops in for a gossip and to show-off their own culinary skills and exciting twist to contemporary African cuisine.
> From 14th May, weekdays at 5pm
New Patricia Show
Africa’s answer to Oprah, former Capital Radio presenter Patricia Amira hosts a brand new series of her daily talk show that features everything from entertainment, social issues and everyday life advice. The Patricia Show is broadcast in over 45 Africa countries to over 10 million people. Filmed in front of a live studio audience, our informed host shares and voices her opinion, where no two days are the same but are very much on the mark.
> From 21st May, weekdays at 4pm
Two of The Africa Channel’s most popular entertainment reality series provide an uplifting aspirational weekend viewing.
Face of Africa reaches its dramatic finale. Now, after weeks of searching, who will be crowned Face of Africa and be on their way to becoming the next Iman, Alex Wek or Noémie Lenoir?
> Saturday 12th May at 1pm
The Biggest Loser South Africa
Another chance to enjoy some life-changing events as 14 overweight men and women embark on the hardest journey of their lives in The Biggest Loser South Africa.
> Saturdays 19th May at 12.30pm and at 1pm onwards
DOCUMENTARIES – A Celebration of Great Africans
The Africa Channel presents a series of compelling documentaries that unveil the life changing events behind some of Africa’s most eminent figures, with a celebration of Great Africans every Thursday.
As gripping as any political thriller, Projek Mandela exposes the 13-year process, from 1977 to 1990, when South Africa’s apartheid government agonised over the release of Nelson Mandela. Featuring first-hand accounts and fascinating archive footage of a history told as never before. Prime Minister PW Botha evaded meeting with the imprisoned activist while Justice Minister Kobie Coetsee, held clandestine interventions with Mandela in August 1985. Projek Mandela comes to fruition on 11th February 1990 when Nelson Mandela walked to freedom through the gates of Pollsmoor Prison and into history.
>Thursday 3rd May at 8pm
Wole Soyinka: Child of the Forest
Nigerian Nobel Prize winner, political activist and ‘Bringer of Light to African Literature’ are just some of the titles bestowed on Wole Soyinka. In 1986, the literary lion became the first African writer to be awarded the prestigious Nobel Prize for Literature. The edifying documentary Wole Soyinka: Child of the Forest is part tribute and part retrospective featuring archive footage and insightful interviews by Soyinka with contributions from his family, friends and contemporaries.
>Thursday 10th May at 8pm
Affectionately named Mwalimu, meaning teacher in his homeland of Tanzania, Julius Kambarage Nyerere is equally revered as ‘The Father of the Nation.’ As the architect of Tanzania’s independence from the United Kingdom in 1961, Nyerere was a true visionary. Mwalimu: The Legacy of Nyerere is the story of an astute politician and profound thinker, featuring historical footage and fluent assessments of Nyerere’s legacy as told by noted writers, academics and politicians.
> Thursday 17th May at 8pm
Award winning French documentary maker Pascal Vasselin’s revealing portrait of former UN Secretary Kofi Annan, is a gem in The Africa Channel’s portfolio of absorbing documentaries. Kofi Annan: A Suspended Dream features exclusive interviews detailing the General and Nobel Peace Prize laureate’s childhood, his two terms at the United Nations as well as the life and career goals he hoped to achieve, are told through candid interviews and archive footage.
> Thursday 24th May at 8pm
Meet the Adebanjos
The mishaps and mayhem continue in the lively Adebanjo household this month. In Driving Lesson job-hopper Aunte Funke applies for a job as a mini-cab driver but the fact that she can’t drive may be a problem – unless her nemesis Bayo agrees to teach her. In Halloween the family all have conflicting plans for the day, but will it be Gladys who finally gets the upper hand?
> Fridays at 9pm
The search for new musical talent continues in Naija Sings as head judge Olisa Adibua and presenters Darey and Denrele crash land into more cities, in an effort to discover Nigeria’s next superstar. In Lagos, the entertainment capital of Nigeria, the panel is joined by singer-songwriter Tiwa Savage who treats the audience to a stunning performance.
> Fridays at 8pm
Ghana vs. Nigeria
Last year’s International Friendly match between the vibrant nations of Nigeria vs. Ghana at London’s Vicarage Road Stadium.
> Sunday 19th May at 2.30pm
2nd May: Heartlines
5th & 9th May: Bab el Oued
12th & 16th May: Silence of the Forest
19th & 23rd May: Heart of Fire
> Wednesdays and Saturdays at 9pm
Mark Bayly continues his adrenaline-packed ride across South Africa transporting wild animals to new habitats in Modern Migrations.
> Tuesdays at 8pmby