Claire Foy as Queen Elizabeth II in “The Crown”

Why My Viewing Experience Is Ruined When It Comes To Netflix’s “The Crown”

Blame it on colonial aftershock

Ezinne Ukoha
5 min readJan 4, 2018

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When Season one of The Crown made landfall in the winter of 2016 — it was heralded with much fanfare as critics praised its high-level authenticity — and fans gushed about the supremeness of the British monarchy that until now — remained pretty much bolted behind the esteemed fortress of mystery and fascination.

The historical drama features English actress Claire Foy as the young and stately Queen Elizabeth II — a role that will be carried over to Olivia Coleman (Broadchurch)— who is poised to embody the later years of the Queen after Season two. Matt Smith plays Prince Phillip, Duke of Edinburgh — Elizabeth’s husband.

As a Nigerian who was born in the States and raised in Lagos — the former capital of the most populous country in the continent — I was privy to the vast history of Nigeria — through intense history lessons in high school. I thoroughly enjoyed being taken on a whirlwind tour of the past — and my interest peaked when the colonial years were examined with unbiased scrutiny.

For those of us who missed the British invasion — literature and the sprawling relics bearing labels of prominent colonial administrators embedded with nostalgic sovereignty — serve as evidence of an era that reduced colonies into money-making landscapes — that were divided and conquered for the ceremony and long-term fulfillment of the British empire.

Lord Lugard House — Badagry — Lagos

National and global treasure — Chinua Achebe produced such gems like Things Fall Apart, No Longer at Ease and Arrow of God — all three novels are connected by the fibers of prideful resistance — stemming from the defiance of the Igbo people in Eastern Nigeria — who were the only ones to relentlessly stand their ground against the greedy infiltration of missionaries in their midst.

Achebe’s protagonists shared the task of accommodating the life-altering consequences of British influence both during and after the colonial era. The vivid exploration of the damning of native tendencies along with the inevitable clashes between…

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