Community television

21 05 2009

There’s a workshop near where I live (next to the spot actually) that owns a TV. In the evenings, after they’ve finished welding, grinding and doing whatever else they do, they bring the TV out, with rows of benches in front, and local people can come and spend an evening watching either a Nigerian movie or a football match (depending on what’s on) in the open air. Most evenings there’s at least a small crowd watching, unless it’s raining, but when Ghana play or there’s a premier league match on the crowd swells to 30 or 40 – all cheering and shouting. The TV’s owner doesn’t gain in any material way, and I think this communal act of watching is a rather positive thing.

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