Alumni Profile

Putting cosmopolitan African women in the spotlight

The cast of 'An African City'

Nicole Amarteifio ’04 is a television director who is highlighting a different narrative about women in Africa. Her web series “An African City,” brings together a cast of women – Nana Yaa, Sade, Ngozi, Zainab and Makena – who would be recognizable to any fans of “Sex and the City’s” Carrie, Samantha, Charlotte and Miranda. But instead of New York City as a backdrop, it’s Ghana’s capital city, Accra. “An African City’s” presentation of African women as being independent and empowered is a unique one that is rarely displayed both within the continent and around the world.

Amarteifio shares a lot in common with her characters; like several, she grew up in Ghana before leaving to attend a university in the west. Like all of them, she chose to return home to build her future there rather than remain abroad. After graduating from Brandeis as an African and Afro- American Studies major, she earned her master’s degree in corporate communications and public relations from Georgetown. She worked as a social media strategist for the World Bank in Washington, but ultimately was more intrigued by the stories she could tell from home.

The show, now in production for its third season, is Amarteifio’s first creation for television, but it looks like her small screen career is only just beginning. She is in negotiations for a project with a major U.S. network and she has also produced a pilot of a new show called “The Republic,” which focuses on a political fixer in Accra.

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Categories: Alumni Profile, Events
Date: April 27, 2017