Pilot of an African-Canadian sitcom filmed in Calgary showcases the city’s black history and African culture


A new Calgary-shot sitcom features a predominantly black cast and crew. Smell Da Coffee is the brainchild of Ireke Amoji who moved to Calgary from Nigeria six years ago. Amoji said his goals are to make people laugh and showcase African-Canadian culture. that we’re very funny, that African-Canadian humor is as good as it gets,” Amoji said with a laugh. Amoji said there was a sense of pride in seeing his community represented on screen in a Canadian sitcom. He started the project with a grant from Calgary Arts Development. “People want something different. Something completely different and that’s it. The story continues under the publicity Stella Orji was the assistant director of the project, which was filmed in the southeastern community of Erin Woods last summer. “On set, the cast and crew were mostly black, and that was cool,” Orji said. Orji, who moved to Calgary from Nigeria four years ago and works at Simba Creative, which handled the production process for the project, said working on Smell da Coffee made her feel at home. The community will be able to identify with the jokes. “You get that sense of belonging when you watch the show and they say something where you say, ‘Yeah, I get it!'” laughed Orji. “Even though we are different, the similarities are huge,” Amoji said of the various countries represented in the pilot. “There are cultural expressions that I used where people from Ethiopia said they l They said “we’re doing it for me too,” Amoji said. The show also deals with thorny issues that many immigrant families face when adjusting to a new culture. “I see so many families, especially African-Canadian families, torn apart by things that are taboo to them and they just don’t know how to deal with it,” Amoji said. the show was meant to share cultural perspectives and build bridges between communities.Like my home, this is how we say things and this is what we eat and you also teach me how we do that. It makes the world better,” Orji said. Amoji said he wanted to emphasize Alberta production with references to Calgary history. “For Calgary, I tapped into the Calgary Stampede culture and also the John Ware culture,” said said Amoji. , referring to the freed slave turned cowboy. Now the pilot must find a home. The team behind Smell da Coffee is working on getting it to TV networks. © 2022 Global News, a division of Corus Entertainment Inc.


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