African Filmmakers in Silicon Valley Seek to Reframe the Continent
A history of European colonization unites Africa, India and Mexico, continents and countries that in turn are sending residents to Silicon Valley and the United States. These diaspora communities throughout the Bay Area are expressing their complex intellectual and cultural heritages — including their American experiences — in theater, dance, music, literature and film.
Growing up in Nigeria, a nation of nearly two hundred million people and a former British colony, performance was his passion from an early age, said filmmaker Chike Nwoffiah. From age 4 on, “I was in a theater and on a stage.”
In high school, he attended a Nigerian boarding school with a curriculum based on the traditional British model, studying Shakespeare, literature and the arts. “I loved it to death, and I knew it was what I really wanted to do,” he said. But performance was not considered a profession, so he studied business in preparation for work life.