This is quite surprising really, Soyinka accusing the BBC of being colonialist through the Welcome to Lagos series. You expect knee jerk reactions from politicians and philistines (apologies for the tautology), but not from him.
Wednesday, April 28, 2010
The thing is, even if you decided to do a film on the melodramas of duplex living on Queen's Drive or Banana Island, you'd have to work hard in your editing to avoid images of open gutters, beggars and mass poverty in the background. Your sound editor would have a job to reduce the background grumble of generators, but at least your film wouldn't capture the smell. If you are filming a car traversing 3rd Mainland bridge, must the background be smudged out, for fear the viewer catches site of Makoko? Must everything in Lagos be scrubbed clean, if it is to be shown overseas?
There are so many representations of British poverty in British films and no one bats an eyelid. Dirty linen is dirty linen. When will the post colonial shame reflex disappear?