Tinsel (TV series)

Tinsel is a Nigerian soap opera that began airing in August 2008.[1] On May 23, 2013, the show's 1000th episode aired.[2] It has been called "the most successful television drama on Nigerian television in recent times".[4] On Jan 21 2021, the show's 3000th episode aired.

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GenreSoap opera[1]
Created byYinka Ogun[2]
Written byYinka Ogun
Kemi Adesoye
Uju Asika
Tunde Babalola
Directed byTope Oshin Ogun (2008 - 2013)
Alex Mouth (2008 - 2010; 2012 - 2014)
Efe Aiyeteni (2008 - 2009 )
John Njamah (2008 - 2009 )
Victor Aghahowa (2010 - 2014 )
Ben Chiadika (2012 - )
George Sunom Kura (2012 - )
Tolu Ajayi (2009 - 2010)
StarringVictor Olaotan
Funlola Aofiyebi-Raimi
Ireti Doyle
Damilola Adegbite
Chris Attoh
Funmi Holder
Udoka Oyeka
Osas Ighodaro
Gbenro Ajibade
Linda Ejiofor
Bimbo Manuel
Oghenekaro Itene
Matilda Obaseki
Tomi Odunsi
Leonora Okine
Kalu Ikeagwu
Lizz Njagah
Abbbbiola Segun Williams
Anne Njemanze
Florence Uwaleke
Ike Okechukwu
Yul Edochie
Alex Okoroji
Samuel Abiola Robinson
Fisayo Ajisola
Adesewa Josh
Chris Okagbue
Country of originNigeria
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons13
No. of episodes3057 as of 12 Apr 2021
Executive producerJaiye Ojo[1]
ProducersRogers Ofime[3]
Lemmy Adebule
Femi Odugbemi [1]
Production locationsLagos, Lagos State, Nigeria
Camera setupMulti-camera[1]
Running time25 minutes
Original networkM-Net
Original release1 August 2008 (2008-08-01) –
External links
Production website

Plot summaryEdit

Tinsel's plot revolves around two rival film companies: Reel Studios, founded by Fred Ade-Williams (Victor Olaotan), and Odyssey Pictures, headed by Brenda "Nana" Mensah (Funmilola Aofiyebi-Raimi).[5] Tinsel is a tale of drama, romance, betrayal and triumph. The show returned for its eighth season on the 25th of May, 2015. Tinsel is currently available for streaming on Demand Africa.


Day PlayersEdit


Tinsel was in pre-production for over ninety months.[1] Over 500 actors were auditioned for the lead role of Fred Ade-Williams before the decision to cast Victor Olaotan was made.[6] As of June 2013, the show's production cost per minute is 900 dollars, and total costs have exceeded four billion naira.[2] The show was shot in a studio in Ojota, Lagos until March 2013 when a fire destroyed that location. Since then the show has been shot at a studio and a private residence in Ikeja, Lagos.[2]

It airs on AM Urban and AM Family.


  1. ^ a b c d e f "Tinsel: The journey so far". Vanguard. 17 September 2011. Retrieved 30 September 2013. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ a b c d Alonge, Osagie (3 June 2013). "NET SPECIAL REPORT: Tinsel gulps N4bn in four years". Nigerian Entertainment Today. Retrieved 30 September 2013. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ Bada, Gbenga (July 2017). "Rogers Ofime: NANTAP honours Tinsel producer". PulseNG. Retrieved 5 April 2017. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^ Balogun, Hazeez (May 2013). "Tinsel, a return to the golden age of TV drama". Daily Independent. Archived from the original on 11 October 2013. Retrieved 30 September 2013. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  5. ^ Arogundade, Funsho (24 May 2013). "M-Net's Tinsel Hits Episode 1,000". P.M. News. Retrieved 30 September 2013. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  6. ^ "Tinsel is Nigeria's best TV production —Victor Olaotan". Nigerian Tribune. 10 August 2013. Retrieved 1 October 2013. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

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