Tope Oshin Ogun

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Temitope Aina Oshin

(1979-06-10) June 10, 1979 (age 39)
Alma mater Lagos State University,Nigeria
Colorado Film School, Community College of Aurora, Denver
Met Film School, London.
OccupationDirector. Producer. Casting Director. Writer. Actor.
Years active1996-present
Notable work
The Wedding Party 2
Journey to Self , [1]
Tinsel (TV series)

Tope Oshin is a Nigerian television and film director, producer and casting director. In 2015 Pulse magazine named her as one of "9 Nigerian female movie directors you should know" in the Nollywood film industry. [1] and in March 2018, in commemoration of the Women's History Month, Tope was celebrated by OkayAfrica as one of the Okay100 Women. [2] The interactive campaign celebrates extraordinary women from Africa and the diaspora making waves across a wide array of industries, while driving positive impact in their communities and the world at large.

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Women's History Month is an annual declared month that highlights the contributions of women to events in history and contemporary society. It is celebrated during March in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Australia, corresponding with International Women's Day on March 8, and during October in Canada, corresponding with the celebration of Persons Day on October 18.

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Early life and education

Tope hails from a devout Christian family. As a child she engaged in drawing, singing and dancing, and had aspirations to be a painter. She studied economics at the University of Ilorin, Kwara State, but left the course to study Public Administration, and then Theatre Arts, TV & FIlm Production at Lagos State University. [3] She became more interested in filmmaking and later studied Film Production, and Cinematography at Colorado Film School of the Community College of Aurora, Denver, [4] and Met Film School, Ealing Studios, London respectively. Tope is also an alumnus of 'Talents Durban' [5] and Berlinale Talents, [6] [7] a networking summit of select outstanding creatives from the world of film and drama series across the globe.

University of Ilorin Public university in Kwara State, Nigeria

University of Ilorin, also known as Unilorin, is a federal government-owned university in Ilorin, Kwara State, Nigeria. It was established by a Decree of the Federal Military Government in August, 1975.. The establishment aimed to implement one of the educational directives of the Third National Development Plan which was aimed at providing more opportunities for Nigerians aspiring to acquire university education and to generate high-level manpower, so vital for the rapidly expanding economy. Compared to other higher institutions of learning in the country, the institution has one of the largest landmass covering approximately 5000 hectares of land.

Kwara State State in North Central, Nigeria

Kwara is a state in Western Nigeria. Its capital is Ilorin. Kwara is located within the North Central geopolitical zone, commonly referred to as the Middle Belt. The primary ethnic group is Yoruba, with significant Nupe, Bariba, and Fulani minorities.

Lagos State University - also known as LASU - was established in 1983 by the enabling Law of Lagos State of Nigeria, for the advancement of learning and establishment of academic excellence. The university caters for a population of over 35,000 students enrolled for full-time. The university also offers courses at Diploma, Undergraduate and Postgraduate levels. Lagos State University is located in Ojo, a town in Lagos State, Nigeria. LASU is the only state university in the former British colony.


Tope, who was an actor for 12 years, featuring in films like Relentless (2010 film) , cut her teeth in directing, working as an assistant director for The Apprentice Africa . [3] and has since become known for directing popular African TV dramas and soap operas such as Hush, Hotel Majestic, Tinsel (TV series) and Season 6 of MTV Shuga. [8] Though she has directed several introspective short films such as The Young Smoker, Till Death Do Us Part, New Horizons and Ireti, she is known for her 2012 feature film Journey to Self , [1] and March 2018 feature film release New Money . [9]

<i>Relentless</i> (2010 film) 2010 film

Relentless is a 2010 Nigerian drama film, co-produced and directed by Andy Amadi Okoroafor; it stars Gideon Okeke, Nneka Egbuna, Jimmy Jean-Louis and Tope Oshin Ogun. It was released on 13 October 2010 at the BFI London Film Festival, and was positively received; mostly praised for its cinematography and soundtrack.

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<i>Tinsel</i> (TV series) Tinsel is a Nigerian soap opera that began airing in August 2008.[1] On May 23, 2013, the shows 1000th episode

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

Oshin has produced some of the highest box office breaking movies in Nigeria, including the 2015 romantic film Fifty , [10] about four fifty-year-old female Lagos residents, which broke box office records upon release in December 2015, taking N20 million in the first weekend. [11] and The Wedding Party 2 , as at 2018, the highest grossing Nigerian film. [12]

<i>Fifty</i> (film) 2015 film by Biyi Bandele

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<i>The Wedding Party 2</i> 2017 film directed by Niyi Akinmolayan

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In 2016, she produced and directed the documentary, Amaka's Kin: The Women Of Nollywood , as a memorial to prominent filmmaker Amaka Igwe, who died in 2014. The documentary addresses issues facing Nigerian female directors, working in a male-dominated industry. [13]

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As a follow up to her documentary, in 2017, and as part of the BBC 100 Women season, Tope celebrated the new generation of women filmmakers reinventing Nollywood, by presenting the BBC documentary Nigeria-Shooting It Like A Woman. [14] Apart from the BBC World Service documentary, Tope's Amaka's Kin - The Women Of Nollywood also influenced a lot of other TV shows and literary works alike, including Niran Adedokun's book Ladies Calling the Shots. [15]

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Tope also has a thriving career as a Casting director and has cast for several film and television projects including all 3 Nigerian seasons of the MTV Staying Alive Foundation drama series Shuga [16]

Since 2015 till date, Tope has served as a juror for the International Emmy Award. [17]


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