Okay, we’ve talked about the soap operas of the 80s that got us loving television, the stories and actors were spectacular and we yearned for more. With amazing shows that made us fall in love with the make-believe industry. Little wonder the 90s came with fascinating programmes that held us spellbound, soaps and sitcoms that made us run from the office just to meet the opening scene and make sure we don’t miss any bit of it. Well in case you’ve forgotten (or were not born then), these are some of the Nigerian produced soaps and sitcoms that made waves in the 90s.
CANDLE LIGHT: This Zeb Ejiro produced soap opera was a hit in the 90s, with different subplots that were intriguing and entertaining at the same time. It was also a springboard for many Nigerian actors. The characters that probably got the most attention from viewers was Emem and Dogood, played by Kate Henshaw and Basorge Tariah Jr. respectively. Their comic romance in the series brought smiles and laughter on the faces of many who watched the programme.
CHECKMATE: This is probably the most watched soap opera in the 90s. Though it started in the late 80s, it got a lot of ratings in the early 90s. It also launched the careers of Nollywood greats such as Richard Mofe Damijo, Bimbo Manuel, Ego Boyo, Kunle Bantefa, Ngozi Nwosu, Norbert Young, Bob Manuel Udokwu, Francis Agu and a host of others. Checkmate had huge followership back in the day that every home sat down together to watch the series, it was created by film genius Amaka Igwe and aired on the popular Nigerian Television Authority (NTA).
PALACE: Talk about the rich and famous, a life of flamboyance and affluence; that was what Palace represented. It showed the sides of the high and mighty and the many challenges they faced in keeping up with their status, managing their affairs and making sure they stay on top. Palace was aired on Africa Independent Television and had Tunji Bamishingbi as one of the producers. The show was a favourite back in the day. It featured actors like Foluke Daramola, Femi Brainard among others.
FAMILY CIRCLE: Family Circle was one of the most popular series in the 90s. It showcased the daily lives of a particular family and how they overcome the different challenges that came their way. This series starred industry greats such Ronnie Dikko, Norbert Young and then kid actors Bolaji and Aisha Allison.
NEW MASQUERADE: Considered the longest running Nigerian sitcom on television, the New Masquerade ran from the 1980s to the mid-1990s. This sitcom brought so much joy in many Nigerian homes. With fantastic actors like John Iroh (who also created the show) Chika Opkala, Lizzy Evoeme, Claudius Eke and Christy Essien-Igbokwe, they brought life to the show with their display of wit and humorous lines. New Masquerade still remains one of the best sitcoms ever to be produced in the history of the Nigerian film industry.
That’s it folks, I’m sure you all remember one or two of the shows mentioned. In case I forgot to add some that you think ought to be there, why don’t you send it in, share your thoughts and comments on the comment section and let’s reminisce about the good old days.