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Wednesday, 8 June 2011

New British Nigerian Sitcom 'Meet the Adebanjos' Airing Online June 26th

You have had African American and Nollywood for years but now you have a new genre of sitcom – Afro British and its set to take over the air waves. It's an exciting and vibrant new Broadcast quality Sitcom called Meet the Adebanjos (www.meettheadebanjos.com) which is airing online on Sunday 26th June.

 
For years, popular African-American sitcoms – all the way from the classic Cosby Show to contemporary Girlfriends - have been enjoyed by audiences around the world.

The UK, in particular, has been a consumer of such shows for decades partly because until now, major British networks have not seen fit to create sitcoms based on the experience of black people living in Britain.

But that’s about to change. MTA Productions - a dynamic British production company created by two enterprising 26 year old British Nigerians: Andrew Osayemi, a former trader, and Debra Odutuyo, a TV producer – has decided that it’s now time for the world to watch sitcoms from their perspective: a contemporary black British perspective.

Welcome to Meet The Adebanjo’s, MTA Production’s first sitcom, which is set to air online on Sunday 26th June at www.MeetTheAdebanjos.com. On that day, at least 100,000 viewers from the US and UK are expected to head to the site to officially meet the hilarious Adebanjo family, a fictional British-Nigerian family who will put a new face to British sitcoms and provide the world with a new take on British life.

The independently produced, broadcast-quality show features a cast of loud and unforgettable characters, and highlights the
multi-generational and multi-cultural family dynamics that take place when traditional African/ethnic parents raise British-born children. This is a sitcom which any African born or raising kids in the Diaspora will relate with.

The Meet The Adebanjo’s team is now using the power of social media – Facebook, youtube and their own site - to interact directly with their enthusiastic audience. Already, the show’s trailer – released just one week ago - has commanded over 20,000 youtube views and thousands of positive comments – a strong testament to the untapped need for culture-specific sitcoms which focus on the experience of the Black Briton.

The team is currently urging its fans and supporters to grow the movement by signing up on its website www.meettheadebanjos.com for details of how to watch on 26th June and spreading the word far and wide. Encouragingly, interest has been coming in from Africa and the US, before the first episode has even aired.  

It’s time to place quality Afro British content firmly on the worldwide map. It starts on June 26th.

For more information on Meet the Adebanjo’s contact:

26 comments:

meroh said...

I just hope it won't be cringe worthy

chi chi said...

hmn *eyebrows raised in doubt*. i just wonder what they'll be doin? how they'll be speaking? e.t.c. i just hope it'll be good o, as it's d first of its kind.

Hot-belle said...

Anyone remember "Desmonds" an afro British comedy on BBC early 90's?That show was watch all over the wrld too.Thumbs up guys.

Anonymous said...

Wow.........something different at last. To those wondering if it would be cringe worthy or having doubts, this is such a pity. We blacks have never valued anything done by us but instead, relish what others do. This non-sense has to stop. Where is your spirit of encouragement and support at least.....

Anonymous said...

I hope these people won't start to make a mockery of Nigerian culture.

A lot of the black sitcoms in yankee always promote one negative stereotype or the other which is wrong (from women going after men only for money, to dumb kids, to men only good for sports/music/fighting, to single parents, abused children, the list goes on)

people laughed that cosby show was fake because they were educated, living in peace, living like a normal family should.

Please there are enough negative stereotypes so make this pple no add to am oh. Let them show life as it is, NORMAL.

Chf Joey otu Bazz said...

its a nice one from the Lil sneak i saw in the trailer.. but not all the major cast are Nigerians. I wonder how they pulled that off

Anonymous said...

I spoke too soon. Just watched the trailer and this is another round of foolishness.

So a retarded father who works as a security man and has 2 jobs is what will become synonymous with Nigerian men in the UK......But of course, a Dr living a normal life wont bring any ratings.

why don't people think. You sell the integrity and culture of your people for ratings. This is nonsense and people should boycott the nonsense.

Chf Joey otu Bazz said...

Its a nice piece from the Lil i saw in the trailer. not all the major casts are nigerians, i wonder how they pulled that off. i love it sha

B4 NKO?! said...

na wa o, instead of being happy to see ourselves on TV, our stories and BEFORE even seeing the show, people are already putting doubts out? we just don't like ourselves, do we? we will sit through cringe worth shows with white people, shows that aren't funny or whose humor we don't understand but will make ourselves understand so we fit in but a show about a nigerian family, we already think will suck, abi?

i wish i lived in london, i would fully support that show! i would make sure to organize a "watch the adebanjo" get together at my house when it's on just like people do with oscar parties.

americans would NEVER conceive putting a show like that up here even with all the nigerians that live here. i don't watch their white folks sitcoms, at least they give the spanish people a let in the door by mining the stereotypes but blacks haven't had a decent sitcom on tv in God knows how long talkless of anyother tribe of people.

GO MEET THE ADEBANJOS!!! GO! GO! GO!

Anonymous said...

OMG HOPE I CAN WATCH IT IN GHANA

Anonymous said...

SMH... Why not create your own shows and make every actor there a PhD from Cambridge? SMH

BTW Cosby was originally done with him as a chauffeur and his wife a maid, when that didn't work with focus groups, they changed him to a doc and her to a lawyer...

R 4 B I Z said...

I don't watch telly / tv shows, etc, but I hope they don't embarrass us. I don't want to hate being Nigerian.

Anonymous said...

I live in london and i would watch the sitcom. But I hope the man would not be a driver and his wife be a maid as that is what people here in the UK think we nigerians are. let both he and his wife be educated and working in a corporate job so as to let people know that we are educated and can hold down power corporate jobs as well.

Anonymous said...

awwwwwww, wish we could watch in the us! this is a really cool concept. I'm rooting for them 100%. as for all you doubting thomases- cut them some slack, sheesh!

Anonymous said...

Negativity!!! Why should anyone's first thoughts be 'I hope they don't embarrass us'...They are a Nigerian Family, be proud, look forward to watching it and then by all means analyse afterwards if you have to..

Some people are so stush on here I swear...

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keke said...

why shld the man be a security guard?? gone are the days when nija men where security guards in Europe, and America..that was in the 70's and early 80's now nija men are bonafide professionals in varied fields..i don't like this stereotype...and i can sense there will be a lot of BUFFOONERY going on..already seems quite tasteless, and crass to me...

Anonymous said...

Go and watch the trailer on youtube to see why this is an embarrassment. Do any of your fathers act like this stupid man?

Anonymous said...

@keke even in the 70's 9ja men were still professionals my father was working as a professional in the finance industry during the 70's. I hope this family would not make them look down on 9ja's even more just saying...

Anonymous said...

I live in Manchester UK and my dad also works security.

To all the hot headed post (keke) full of steam -note the video said "EXTRA JOB".

My dad works as a lecturer and nights as security guard - he does so to make sure that my sister and I finish our studies, pay the mortgage, look after our family and also look after his mum in Nigeria.

If that is tatsteless BUFFOONERY then I am the chief Buffon.
Looking at the website this is a realistic account of the lives of many Nigerian men who work hard for their family.
We salute Meet The Adebanjos for being brave enough to tell the story.
Abeg make I hear word- HATERS!!!!!!

Ikwys Interactive said...

Great initiative shown, first of it's kind. At least the producers followed their "dream" and made it happen, their effort should be commended. Personally, I'll wait till the 26th of June before passing judgement.
www.ikwys.co.uk

Anonymous said...

nice concept...trailer mostly focused on the man and his wife tho...shud hav been all round..dint rily like their acting...was a bit toooo much;sort of trying too hard to be funny...yeah the lifestyle is a reality with some tho not all nigerians...hopefully it will turn out good and not just be another one of those shows....nice initiative tho..i def will watch when it premiers

Anonymous said...

Hmm they posted another trailer- I think I prefer this one all though it is more controversial- below

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MWHDLngot_A

Anonymous said...

NA WA OH! NA WA OH FOR NIGERIAN PEOPLE ...*singing* ...

We have got inferiority complex big time. This is the first time of this kind of thing. They are bound to make mistakes even if Tim Burton directed it.

How do they learn and improve if they can't even have the first try?

But really whats wrong in being a security guard? Someone has to do it and that person is as precious(got potential) as Donald Trump or Roman Abramovich or Hans Rausing.

Some of these corporate bigwigs started as menial workers and they were precious/valuable then as they are today.

And if somebody looks down on you, you too look down on the person. You have the final say/look. Lol.

Indian is generally a poor country but Indians are still respected.

Also, they demand it sometimes so we also have to look up on ourselves for people not to look down on us.

Any intelligent person will still use first impression to judge you, black or not, Nigerian or not.

What people do to you is not what matters, even if you are a billionaire, an ignorant person can still insult you but what you do with that is what matters.

Anonymous said...

NA WA OH! NA WA OH FOR NIGERIAN PEOPLE ...*singing* ...

We have got inferiority complex big time. This is the first time of this kind of thing. They are bound to make mistakes even if Tim Burton directed it.

How do they learn and improve if they can't even have the first try?

But really whats wrong in being a security guard? Someone has to do it and that person is as precious(got potential) as Donald Trump or Roman Abramovich or Hans Rausing.

Some of these corporate bigwigs started as menial workers and they were precious/valuable then as they are today.

And if somebody looks down on you, you too look down on the person. You have the final say/look. Lol.

Indian is generally a poor country but Indians are still respected.

Also, they demand it sometimes so we also have to look up on ourselves for people not to look down on us.

Any intelligent person will still use first impression to judge you, black or not, Nigerian or not.

What people do to you is not what matters, even if you are a billionaire, an ignorant person can still insult you but what you do with that is what matters.

bzzzz said...

the 1st Episode of Meet the Adebanjo's. Password is 'afrobrit' http://t.co/KbGbwt1 #meettheadebanjos

i like it!
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