From the time of ‘Village Headmaster,’ ‘The New Masquerade,’ ‘Cock Crow At Dawn,’ ‘Checkmate,’ ‘Behind the Clouds,’ ‘Baba Sala,’ and all,television series have become a huge aspect of our lives in Nigeria. Even though some are meant just for laughs, others are quite instructive and carry lots of intrigues. No matter how it looks or sounds, they turn out to be very captivating, educative, persuasive and more interestingly, entertaining. ANTHONY ADA ABRAHAM writes on some top TV drama series Nigerians can’t do without. Enjoy!
‘Jennifa’s Diary’ is Funke Akindele’s television comedy series. This series tells a story of a naive village girl who leaves her village in a desperate attempt to better her life. She decides to stay back in Lagos after her effort to travel to America fails. There she meets Toyo baby who helps her get some education, and Kiki who accommodates her, Segun who she falls in love with.
The TV comedy series is an account of Jenifa’s daily experiences as she tries to cope with Lagos life.
The series which began in 2008, is in its eighth year and its 11th season.
‘My Flatmates’ is a situational comedy documenting the lives of four friends who share an apartment. All sorts of chaotic and hilarious things happen as they go about their daily escapades in pursuit of a better life for themselves.
It features Basket mouth, Okey Bakassi, Yaw, Frank.
The Johnsons is a comedy series which airs on Africa Magic channel 154. It tells the story of on an average Nigerian family in Lagos, Nigeria and the challenges they face. The hilarious TV series stars
Chinedu Ikedieze, Charles Inojie, Ada Ameh Samuel Ajibola, Seun Adebajo Osigbesan, Sharon Abadoni and more.
Tinsel is a Nigerian soap opera that began airing in August 2008. It has been referred to as the most successful television drama on Nigerian television in recent times.
‘Tinsel’s plot is spun around two competing film companies: Reel Studios, founded by Fred Ade-Williams (Victor Olaotan), and Odyssey Pictures, headed by Brenda Nana Mensah (Funmilola Aofiyebi-Raimi).
The show was shot in a studio in Ojota, Lagos until March 2013. Since then, it has been shot at a studio and a private residence in Ikeja, Lagos
It parades a line-up of A-class actors including Ireti Doyle, Bimbo Manuel, Yul Edochia, Linda Ejiofor, and Alex Okoroji
It shows on DSTV Channel 154 and there is never a dull moment.
‘MTV Shuga Naija’
Shuga Naija tells the story of how different Lagos youths deal with romance, sex and relationships. It is a National Agency for the Control of AIDS (NACA) partnered multimedia campaign, which educates young people on HIV, safe sex and teen pregnancy.
It also touches on other issues like maternal and child health, family planning, gender-based violence, and women empowerment.
Dorcas Shola Fapson, Ikubese Emmanuel, Timini Egbuson, Chris Attoh, Olumide Oworu among others have featured in the many seasons of the TV drama series.
‘Fifty – The Series’
Set in the ever-bustling and vibrant mega-city of Lagos, the series follows the lives of four women (Tola, Elizabeth, Kate and Maria) who are forced to take mid-life inventories, as ambitions and betrayals threaten their relationships.
The series continues from the story of the popular EbonylifeTV movie that goes by the same title. It currently in its 2nd season and airs on DStv Channel 165 every Thursday.
The Airtel sponsored TV drama series Before 30, also known as B430 started in 2015. It is directed by Bodunrin ‘BB’ Sasore and stars Damilola Adegbite, OC Ukeje, Beverly Naya, Meg Otanwa and Anee Icha. It is, set and shot in Lagos, started airing on DStv’s Africa Magic on 29 March 2015. First Bank is also a co-sponsor of the show.
The drama series follows the lives of four urban, career women and the challenges they face in their relationships as well as how they try to cope with the societal pressures to be married before they turn 30. It is narrated by a central character through whose eyes we experience the stories.
It shows on DSTV Africa Magic channel 153.
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