feature: tv pilot for african booty scratcher takes humorous approach to explore african stereotypes and life as nigerian immigrants

June 2, 2016

Even in the face of the impressive push for diversity on Hulu and Netflix, Fox, and shows like Black-ish, there is still plenty gaps that need filling in terms of black storytelling outside of Tyler Perry. New TV comedy African Booty Scratcher is tackling some of the most themes within African and diaspora communities, such as sexism and homophobia The show was created, written, produced by Damilare Sonoiki—a writer on ABC’s mega-hit Black-ish—that centers around a family of Nigerian-immigrants struggling to balance their cultural identities and traditional values with their push for a better life. With the series, Sonoiki hopes to unpack traditional African stereotypes and to tell the unheard stories of Nigerian and African immigrants in a humorous, relatable way. In just a week, the show has garnered 3 million views on Facebook, 3 million on Instagram, and over 200,000 on Youtube.

Arguably more crucial to increasing the presence of POC in media and entertainment, African Booty Scratcher’s incredible crew is comprised almost entirely of people of color. Help Sonoiki and co. bring the show to fruition and contribute to their Kickstarter.

By Erin White*, AFROPUNK contributor

*Erin White is an Atlanta-based writer and AFROPUNK’s editorial and social media assistant. You can follow her on Tumblr or friend her on Facebook. Have a pitch or an inquiry? Shoot her an email at