It’s interesting to take a look at how television shows are being watched across the world. In America, there are very specific types of TV shows that viewers have grown accustomed to. Can this be said for other parts of the world? Below are the top five TV shows in Africa. Can you see any similarities?

1. Big Brother Africa

This is a reality TV game show that is much like the Big Brother reality show featured in the US. Randomly selected people from fourteen different African countries are chosen to live together under one roof complete with video surveillance. Millions of viewers watch how the contestants behave in the house and vote to evict housemates every week. The last housemate to be evicted wins a cash prize.

2. Mashariki Mix

Filmed in the East African Region, this TV series focuses on lifestyle living, showing viewers the best places to eat, shop, and, play. The TV show also goes behind the scenes at events, interviewing music artists and culinary icons.

3. Studio 53 Extra

Studio 53 Extra provides the latest fashion news and entertainment gossip in Africa. The show stars co-hosts Eku Edewor and Marcy Dolapo Oni, who update viewers on fashion do’s and don’ts, what to watch, and who to look out for on the big screen.

4. Tinsel

A dramatic soap opera featuring a cast from Nigeria, Tinsel follows the lives of a group of adults highlighting romance, betrayal, and passion along the way. This drama has been sure to keep viewers on the edge of their seats, hooked on the lives of the Tinsel characters.

5. iNkaba

iNkaba is TV series broadcasted in South Africa that explores the region’s social heritage. Depicting the lives of the rich and powerful, the middle class, and the struggling poor, the TV show informs viewers on the often ugly and brutal system of social class, and the factors that bind people to them.

– Chante Owens

Sources: Zen Magazine, Pana Television
Photo: Washington Post

“The Space Between,” a documentary co-directed by Travis North and Kimberly Nunez-North, traces the lives of four perilously ill individuals in Kenya, shedding light on broader issues of poverty and healthcare along the way.

In “The Space Between,” the audience is introduced to four Kenyans currently being treated at the Living Room Hospice, an organization founded by nurse and HIV volunteer, Juli McGowan Boit. Working to improve medical conditions across the country, the hospice treats those living in extreme poverty, who do not have the means to afford adequate healthcare.

The first, Maggie, is a young mother with cancer. As she deals with her deteriorating health, she worries about her four children. With Maggie’s husband working 12 hours a day and earning around $7 a week, the children have no caretaker other than Maggie.

The second individual, Jacob, is a teacher who was paralyzed by a gunshot wound inflicted during a robbery. While receiving treatment in a Kenyan hospital, he developed four bedsores. The wounds are so deep that they are unable to heal, a condition that causes pain, fever and potentially fatal infections.

The third interviewee is Barnabas, an older gentleman who is in the final stages of throat cancer. He is living his last days in an impoverished hospital that lacks morphine or any other painkillers. His greatest hope is to return home, where he can die in comfort, surrounded by family and friends.

The last Kenyan is James, a young man who has contracted HIV, but is afraid to seek treatment because of the subsequent social stigmatization. He has been largely incapacitated by the illness, and thus, is under the care of a hospice.

Describing the process of filming, Nunez-North said: “During our 16 day shoot in Kenya, we received unprecedented access to HIV clinics and hospitals.  We engaged in-depth conversations with physicians whose primary focus is on relieving and preventing patients’ suffering, an area of healthcare referred to as Palliative care.” As “The Space Between” unfolds, the intimate nature of the crew’s interactions with patients and doctors reveals itself clearly and magnificently.

“The Space Between” narrates an important struggle between life and death, illness and health, in a healthcare system that lack supplies, funding and trained personnel. However, telling a story can be the first step toward transformation and reform. By documenting the lives of these four individuals, “The Space Between” creates a space for change.

– Anna Purcell

Sources: Indiegogo, Ezra Winton