African award-winning film maker, Toyin Ibrahim Adekeye’s first feature documentary film, Bigger Than Africa is scheduled to premiere on global streaming platform, Netflix. The historical documentary will debut on Netflix on 13 May 2022.
Bigger Than Africa will expose international audiences to the historical influence of Yoruba culture and how it has transcended across continents and connected the Black diaspora.
When the slave boats docked in the Americas, Cuba and the Caribbean, hundreds of cultures and religions came with the Africans but only one survived the plantations. To date, the most pronounced African Culture of the Diasporas remains the culture of the Yoruba. From Brazil to Trinidad, the United States to Cuba, Haiti and the entire Caribbean, this West African culture dominates all other Cultures of Africa and could be said to have survived the plantations for hundreds of years. Bigger Than Africa follows the trans-Atlantic slave trade route from West Africa to six different countries– USA, Nigeria, Brazil, Republic of Benin, Trinidad and Tobago and Cuba– to explore and find reasons for the survival of this particular West African Culture.
Toyin Ibrahim Adekeye, the director says, “I hope it becomes a unifying documentary for all people of African descent irrespective of their countries. It’s a film that uniquely tells the stories of our commonalities rather than our differences.”
Bigger Than Africa dives in to how the Yoruba culture of West Africa survived and transcended slavery beyond imagination to remain alive till this day in the New World. It’s a piece that takes you on a journey of 6 countries: Brazil, the United States, Cuba, Nigeria, Trinidad & Tobago, and the Republic of Benin.
“For as long as I can remember, African history has been narrated and written about from an eye of the beholder perspective. The person who gets to write it, decides what is and what isn’t,” says Founder of EGMNY Management, Yasmina F. Edwards. “And for the first time ever, a historical African film is written by an African writer, directed by an African filmmaker and financed by African investors.”
The film was produced by Motherland Productions and distributed by KAP Film with the participation of the New York based Management Agency EGMNY.