Tinsel (TV series)

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Tinsel title screen.jpg
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 episodes3017 as of 15 Feb 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

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]

Plot summary[edit]

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.


  • Maltida Obaseki as Angela Dede
  • Funlola Aofiyebi-Raimi as Brenda Nana Mensah (2009–Present)
  • Ireti Doyle as Sheila Ade-Williams
  • Linda Ejiofor as Bimpe
  • Kalu Ikeagwu as Masters
  • Anne Njemanze as Sankey
  • Ashionye Michelle Raccah as Monica Ade-Williams
  • Funmi Holder as Amaka Ade-Williams
  • Tomi Odunsi as Salewa
  • Yewande Lawal as Shoshanna
  • Dozie Onyiriuka as Freddy
  • Abiola Segun-Williams as Titi (2008–Present)
  • Florence Uwaleke as Ene (2008–Present)
  • Ike Okechukwu as Chuks Obi
  • Charles Ujomu as Frank (2008–Present)
  • Ibrahim Suleiman as Damini
  • Jumoke Bello as Peju
  • Ifeanyi William as Obiora

Day Players[edit]

  • Kunle Remi as Zane
  • Tope Tedela
  • Kolade Shasi as Gym Coach
  • Yemisi Fancy as Helen
  • Christina Okorojie as Yvonne
  • Nancy Isime as Serena
  • Mena Sodje as Pippa
  • Cheng Fuller as Barrister Taylor


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.
  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.
  3. ^ Bada, Gbenga (July 2017). "Rogers Ofime: NANTAP honours Tinsel producer". PulseNG. Retrieved 5 April 2017.
  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.
  5. ^ Arogundade, Funsho (24 May 2013). "M-Net's Tinsel Hits Episode 1,000". P.M. News. Retrieved 30 September 2013.
  6. ^ "Tinsel is Nigeria's best TV production —Victor Olaotan". Nigerian Tribune. 10 August 2013. Retrieved 1 October 2013.

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