You no longer have to be in Africa to watch and talk about the African soap operas and shows. More streaming apps and chat apps are keeping those around the world more connected to the shows produced in South Africa, Nigeria, and Ghana.
If you go to Africa for travel, it’s not uncommon to fill spare time by being sucked into the number of South Africa TV channels in your hotel room. Before you know it, you end up binge-watching African movies, soap operas, and popular shows. The challenge is once you return to the U.S., you want to continue to be entertained by what you saw in Africa but don’t know-how. Fortunately, there are a number of apps now available that can make sure you don’t miss out. There are popular African tv shows on Netflix and movies about the apartheid as well, but the harder to find ones that originate from South Africa, Nigeria, and Ghana require you to tap into apps that focus largely on material produced there. If you’re worried about the movies using too much data, the good news is that a lot of the shows can be uploaded and watched later. This is largely because, in Africa, Internet access is scarce, and often times people would have to find a WiFi cafe to put the shows on their mobile devices.
While Internet access can be hard, when you’re ready to talk about what you watched, there is no shortage of ways to find people who are just as anxious to gossip as well. “Shadow,” a South African TV series, has episode titles like “Mary's Blackmail,” “Snowglobe Killer,” and “There’s Something in the House”; Who wouldn’t be tempted to speculate about a show like that? Nigerian TV shows have drawn particular interest in discussions because they are known to tell “relatable stories” experienced by large populations. In the U.S., more viewers are being exposed to African shows through the African Channel, which specializes in entertainment that centers around African travel, lifestyle, and culture. Conveniently, the largest producers of TV shows in Africa also has the largest number of chat app users. So, finding virtual watch buddies in Africa and making new friends is highly probable and ultimately can bring hours of fun.
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