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First Generation Nigerian-American Sitcom Coming To TV

With the number of Black faces on TV steadily rising, a new sitcom pilot, First Gen highlights the “everyday Nigerian-American family.” Totally cool. The sitcom will explore the dynamic between Nigerian parents and their first generation children.

“An interesting shift is occurring where kids of immigrant parents are growing up and discovering America for themselves; not solely through the lens of their parents,” Yvonne Orji, star and writer of the show told Shadow & Act. “This opens up a whole new world of opportunities. Until First Gen, we haven’t seen Africans portrayed in mainstream media as regular, everyday people. They’re usually warlords, cab drivers or fleeing genocide. The African immigrant story in America is so much richer than that. The success of entertainers like Lupita Nyong’o David Oyelowo, and Uzo Aduba suggests that mainstream America is ready to tune into a series like First Gen.”

We’re so here for it.

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