BY TOMILOLA COCO ADEYEMO
Women have taken their empowerment past the kitchen and into your big screens. And no, it is not about a cooking show.
Gone are the days when one woman a time made impact behind the scenes, and the ones on screen are relegated to cringe-worthy scenes and poorly made cooking shows sponsored by a maggi making companies.
Now, women can run shows and make them successful.
Below is a list of the women behind your favorite and most successful show, bringing world class entertainment to Africa through Nigeria.
Kemi Adesoye started out as a staff writer at M-Net and even though she wrote some M-Net productions back in the days, her scripting of Kunle Afolayan‘s hit movie, The Figurine, thrusted her to many people’s consciousness.
In more recent times, Kemi Adesoye has worked on Tinsel, Phone Swap and in much more recent times, Shuga.
The hit show, which arguably was more accepted than its first two instalment was head – written by Kemi and there’s no need reminding you how much of a success it was with its target audience.
Gidi Up might be her first major project but you can’t knock this woman’s hustle.
The show which started out as Ndani web series, redefined web series in Nigeria.
Starring the most edible (because some of us have eaten OC Ukeje and thrown away the wrapper) cast members across Nigeria, the story is also one different from what we have seen around here.
No wonder it grew past the limited area of the web and ended up as one of the most watched shows on TV.
Recently nominated for her role in the movie, Confusion Na Wa, Ms Aladese is no stranger to the world of TV writing in Nigeria.
The former head writer on Tinsel, Ms Aladese now head writes one of Africa’s biggest shows, Hotel Majestic.
Her resume is enviable and she has cut her teeth in the industry which is dominated by men. We can’t help but hail her majesty.
You might not remember the 2007 hit, Caught In The Middle, and Two Brides And A Baby might be fading away from your memories for obvious reasons.
But one show you would not forget in a hurry, is Lekki Wives.
The show which chronicles the lives of young to middle-aged women in Lagos, adapts a reality TV style in telling its gripping stories.
After becoming a huge success in its first season, this show returned for another season and it does not seem to be slowing down.
Girls do run the world.
Tinsel is currently in the hands of this woman and that is not an easy task.
The soap, which has come to earn its space in the hearts of many Africans and which has become the platform where many stars have been developed and many marriages have been made (here’s looking at Chris and Damilola Attoh, Ike and Florence Okuchukwu) and hot people hooking up (Osas Ighodaro and Gbenro Ajibade) is still alive because of the capable hands of Nkiru Njoku.
Nkiru who has been an actress, is a content producer and is an experienced writer, is not new to the business of showbiz and that is probably why the show still thrives with her.
All hail the Queen of creation in Tinsel town.