The ten-part series Healthy Me! No Cap discusses health issues considered taboo on the continent, with the first episode out September 18 on different platforms, including DW's The 77 Percent.
Hosted by African health influencers and medical specialists Dr. Chinonso Egemba (aka Aproko Doctor) and Dr. Caroline Vundi, the bi-weekly series will travel across sub-Saharan Africa and feature young people who share their different health struggles and how they overcame them.
Healthy Me! No Cap, as the title suggests, addresses health conversations without shying away from the tough questions that African youth often do not ask for fear of stigma. The series will hear from people whose lives have been directly affected by issues considered taboo on the continent: from depression to anxiety, cervical cancer, miscarriages, and weight loss.
Set in a matatu, the mini-bus taxi ubiquitous in African cities, the show takes viewers to Lagos, Accra, Nairobi, Dar es Salaam and other cities to meet young people seeking to improve their health and well-being and explore ideas of how to find support and connection.
A tandem project between Distribution Africa, DW Programs for Africa and the DW Science Desk, the ten-part health series will be broadcast every two weeks on DW Africa Facebook page as well as on The 77 Percent and its social media platforms. The video series will be adapted and published on DW's social media pages in Amharic, French, Hausa, Kiswahili and Portuguese.
Issa Ndiwa, Distribution Africa, says: "For a while now, our Distribution Partners have been requesting for a health format from DW. With the production of Healthy Me, No Cap! we will be able to fill this gap and reach our target audience, both through DW partner channels on social media as well as TV across sub-Saharan Africa."
Judith Hartl, Director of Business, Science, Environment: "This series conveys facts and knowledge in a playful and entertaining way, while also showing empathy. The aim is to inspire and empower young people."
Claus Stäcker, Head of Programs for Africa: "We provide carefully researched facts tailored to our young audiences and presented in an entertaining way. Information that they might not find elsewhere. Those who like it can use it to change their lifestyle, others will hopefully experience an 'aha' moment at least."
Healthy Me! No Cap is produced by Kenya-based production company Pineapple Productions. The series was commissioned by Mira Fricke and Carmen Meyer from the Science Desk and Michael Oti and Okeri Ngutjinazo from Programs for Africa.
Watch the first episode of Healthy Me! No Cap: Winning the fight against depression
Visit Healthy Me! No Cap Facebook page.