Tinsel (TV series)

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Genre Soap opera [1]
Created byYinka Ogun [2]
Written byYinka Ogun
Kemi Adesoye
Uju Asika
Tunde Babalola
Directed by Tope Oshin Ogun (2008 - 2013)
Alex Mouth (2008 - 2010; 2012 - 2014)
Efe Aiyeteni (2008 - 2009 )
John Njamah (2008 - 2009 )
Victor Aghahowa (2010 - 2014 )
Ben Chiadika (2010 - )
George Sunom Kura (2012 - )
Tolu Ajayi (2009 - 2010)
Starring Victor 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
Abiola Segun Williams
Anne Njemanze
Florence Uwaleke
Ike Okechukwu
Nini Mbonu
Yul Edochie
Alex Okoroji
Samuel Abiola Robinson
Fisayo Ajisola
Adesewa Josh
Chris Okagbue
Wale Dizzy Akinjogbin
Country of originNigeria
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons16
No. of episodes3600
Executive producerJaiye Ojo [1]
Producers Rogers Ofime [3]
Lemmy Adebule
Femi Odugbemi [1]
Production locations Lagos, Lagos State, Nigeria
Camera setupMulti-camera [1]
Running time25 minutes
Original network M-Net
Original release1 August 2008 (2008-08-01) 

Tinsel is a Nigerian soap opera that began airing in August 2008. [1] On 23 May 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 21 Jan 2021, the show's 3000th episode aired.


Plot summary

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 25 May 2015.


Day Players


Tinsel was in pre-production for over ninety months. [1] Over 500 actors 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 was 900 dollars, and total costs 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.[ citation needed ]

Awards and nominations

2022 Africa Magic Viewers' Choice Awards Longest running TV show in AfricaWon [7]

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