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Al Jazeera launches My Nigeria Documentary Series features Basketmouth, Kate Henshaw & Deola Sagoe,

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First-person accounts from Africa’s largest economy

• Features celebrities like Basketmouth, Kate Henshaw and Deola Sagoe, as well as everyday heroes

Premiering on Al Jazeera English on 24 August 2015, My Nigeria is a series of six half-hour documentaries that pulse with the energy of Africa’s leading economy telling the human story.

From stand up-comedian Basketmouth to Nollywood star turned politician Kate Henshaw, from ICT expert Gbenga Sesan to fashion designer Deola Sagoe, from football coach Femi Bamigboye to female mechanic Sandra Aguebor, each film focuses on one central character, who invites us into their world, sharing their story in their own words.

“The series was commissioned specifically to support Al Jazeera English’s brand ‘Hear the human story,’ to bring people’s stories directly to our screens, told in in a first-person style without mediation, offering a range of authentic views,” says Ingrid Falck, head of documentaries at Al Jazeera English.

Award-winning South Africans directors Brian Tilley and Clifford Bestall shot the series across Nigeria, which is home to one in five Africans.

“To get beyond the clichés of Africa, there isn’t a better place than Nigeria,” says Ingrid. “For every stereotype of corruption or extremism, there are millions of ordinary Nigerians making this African powerhouse tick. Our series focuses on these individuals to see firsthand how Nigerians are busy making a difference.

BASKETMOUTH: TRASH TALKING, premiering 24 August 2015

KATE HENSHAW: PLAYING A PART, premiering 31 August 2015

GBENGA SESAN: CONNECTING A MILLION, premiering 7 September 2015

DEOLA SAGOE: TOP DRAWER, premiering 14 September 2015

FEMI BAMIGBOYE – LOCAL MAN, premiering 21 September 2015

SANDRA AGUEBOR: LADY MECHANIC, premiering 28 September 2015

·The series premieres at 23:30 WAT on 24 August 2015.

For more information visit http://www.aljazeera.com/africa or follow #ajmynigeria on social media.

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