Lately, I have become very interested in documentaries (particularly those pertaining to Africa). I have compiled a list of my favourite ones (in no particular order) across a wide range of topics. Watching these documentaries have enabled me to understand the world a bit better & make connections between the past and the present. I personally found them quite fascinating and thought-provoking – I hope you do too.


Oil Crisis in the Niger Delta – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vAgw_Zyznx0

Nigeria’s Codeine Crisis – https://youtu.be/-I_Lche2otU

Conflict Minerals, Rebels and Child Soldiers in Congo –  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kYqrflGpTRE

Faces of Africa: Kwame Nkrumah –  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TMY0iTcspNA

Rape in South Africa –  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rpjNz8VrXFk&t=2172s

Thomas Sankara: The Upright Man –  https://youtu.be/G7Vlt41HPUE

The Cursed Twins of Madagascar – https://youtu.be/Srk7MugXR1Y

Uganda’s Moonshine Epidemic – https://youtu.be/zL3UHF5SlEU

The Rwandan Genocide – https://youtu.be/SW4pNA0UNO4

The Trouble with Aid  – https://vimeo.com/81133030 

A History of Nigeria https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KgrVHrTvxC8&t=4829s 

Street Life in Lagos  –  https://youtu.be/oyni7iI579Y


In addition to this list, I also highly recommend the Netflix Explained documentary series; it is short, informative and entertaining.

Let me know your favourite! Are there any documentaries that you would add to this list? 

Stephannie