“Coming To America Is Offensive To Africa”- Leila Djansi

Ghanaian born American film maker, Leila Djansi, has voiced out some issues that she has with popular Hollywood movie ‘Coming 2 America’ after she saw the movie for herself.

The new movie is a sequel to the original one which was released in 1988. Leila Djansi however believes that the makers of the new movie did not do well at all in the manner in which they showed Africa to the world.

According to the award winning movie director, she found the movie somehow offensive to Africa. She revealed her discontent in a long Facebook post about how the makers of the movie portrayed Africa as just full of jungles, war, child soldiers and wild animals.

She stated that this was evidence to the effect of the discrimination and disrespect that the producers of the movie showed towards Africa.

She posted:

“As an African, I found#Coming2Americamildly offensive. Jungles, wild animals, child warriors and war. Come on Hollywood, these tropes show how discriminatory and disrespectful y’all are. Enough!There’s more to Africa and please don’t try hiding em within wealth.I don’t understand this unwillingness to change and accept that these images and ideas are wrong, mostly lies. Spent 15 years of my life in Ghana and never even seen a squirrel.Child soldiers? Chicago gun totting gang kids? Can we talk about that? STOP!! Africans are regular people. African citiesare cosmopolitan. African villages are what they are based on culture and geography. Let’s not discuss villages in the South. Georgia?I swear someone will be asking me aboutlions this week. Jesus take the wheel.”

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