Leila Djansi Calls Out Samuel L Jackson For Continuing “African Poverty” Narrative

This year, the government is implementing the Year of Return in full force. The US Speaker of Congress Nancy Pelosi and the Congressional Black Caucus have paid a visit to the country to observe the 400 years since the first slave ship arrived in America.

Conan Obrien, Deborah Cox, John Kani, Memphis Depaay, Boris Kodjoe, Kofi Kingston are among the many celebrities who have travelled to Ghana this year alone.

It’s all to promote the Year of Return agenda the government has set.

One recent visitor to Ghana who is currently in the country is Samuel L Jackson.

See Also: Samuel L Jackson Visits Ghanaian Sculptor, Kwame Akoto-Bamfo’s “Ancestor Project”

Though a visit to Ghana by a big Hollywood star such as Samuel L Jackson is a major boost to Ghanaian tourism, some have raised concerns about how he is portraying Ghana to the outside world.

Samuel L Jackson has been sharing photos from Ghana on his social media pages.


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The spot where if you ain’t supporting black biz… you ain’t shopping!! #homecoming #ghana #enslaveddocumentary

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Commerce in the fishing village!! It’s about to get real!! #homecoming #ghana #enslaveddocumentary

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One of the people who have raised concerns about Samuel L Jackson’s portrayal of Ghana on his social media pages is the award-winning film director, Leila Jewel Djansi.

The film director took to her Facebook page to explain why she thinks Samuel L Jackson is continuing the usual 3rd world poverty laden narrative of Ghana and Africa at large.

“Samuel L Jackson is in Ghana and as usual, he’s posting photos of markets with women balancing heavy loads on their head and men lazing about. Colourful chaos,” Leila said in her post.

“The usual 3rd world, poverty laden photos these westerners LOVE to use to represent the whole. How on earth does it benefit you if he’s using his platform to further tell the world we’re poor?? Lots of the comments on his photos were affirming the poverty narrative,” she added.

“Be balanced. Show the world our beautiful landscapes and picturesque tin roofs! Our aesthetic village communities and the Trassaco mansions. Just as America has its rat-infested ghettos and it’s Beverly hills mansions,” Leila said.

Leila has a point there – show the good and the bad!

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