Netflix’s reality series “Young Famous and African” returned for its highly anticipated second season, but unfortunately, it fell short of delivering an authentic and genuine experience.
Throughout the season, I couldn’t help but notice the scripted elements that seemed to drive the storyline, character arcs, and overall themes.
In this review, I will delve into the contrived aspects of the show, examining the handpicked cast, manufactured drama, and questionable character portrayals that compromised its credibility.
Selective Casting and Manufactured Narratives: It becomes apparent that the show producers carefully selected the most popular characters from the previous season to construct a compelling storyline for Season 2.
The emphasis on Zari Hassan’s relationship with Diamond Platnumz became a focal point, overshadowing potentially more meaningful narratives.
This deliberate approach to casting and storytelling raises concerns about the show’s authenticity and whether genuine moments were sacrificed for manufactured drama.
Forced Proposals and Inauthentic Drama: One of the most evident instances of contrivance in Season 2 was Naked DJ’s forced proposal to his girlfriend.
The scene lacked the spontaneity and genuine emotions that define real-life events, leaving viewers questioning the authenticity of the show.
Moments like these undermine the trust between the audience and the series, leaving them feeling disappointed and disconnected.
Questionable Character Choices: The introduction of new characters, such as Louis and Fantana, seemed to serve the purpose of injecting youthful energy into the show.
However, their presence felt forced and contrived, lacking the authenticity that viewers crave.
Fantana’s behavior came across as desperate, but it remains doubtful whether this is an accurate representation of her real-life persona.
Similarly, Louis’s encounter with Andile at the beach shed light on his perceived simp-like behavior, further highlighting the show’s attempt to create scripted narratives for the characters.
Missed Opportunities and Disappointing End: While some characters like Annie Idibie and Nadia Nakai had potentially compelling stories to tell, their narratives were overshadowed or poorly executed.
The first episode hinted at Nadia Nakai’s promising relationship with the late South African Hip Hop artist AKA, which could have been a fascinating storyline.
Annie Idibia and 2Baba had a story to share, but unfortunately, it didn’t bring anything new to the table.
In just two minutes, 2Face managed to embarrass Annie, contradicting her defense of him in both the first and second seasons.
Annie’s inability to get along with most of the cast members stems from her perceived old-fashioned and naïve demeanor.
It was a positive moment to witness her (Annie Idibia) reconcile with Swanky Jerry, her longtime friend.
Nadia Nakai was left utterly speechless by a confession by 2Baba; His viewpoint?. “Men are created to just fuck other people even when in serious relationships“. 2Baba said,
Diamond’s sporadic presence and departure from the series indicate that the show heavily relied on his involvement to drive the plot.
These factors, coupled with a lackluster ending, confirmed viewers’ suspicions that Season 2 lacked authenticity and failed to engage its audience.
Netflix’s “Young Famous and African” Season 2 fell into the trappings of a scripted reality show, compromising its authenticity and leaving viewers disenchanted.
The selective casting, manufactured drama, and questionable character portrayals all contributed to the overall feeling of contrivance.
While the series may have initially captured attention, this critical review highlights the importance of preserving genuine storytelling and authenticity in reality television.
As a result, I personally would not anticipate a Season 3 of “Young Famous and African” and felt disappointed by its lack of real and authentic moments.