On May 23, 2013, Nigeria's longest running soap opera, Tinsel aired its one thousandth episode, a landmark achievement never before accomplished by any other TV soap in Nigeria. Producers of the show MNET Africa celebrated their milestone success by staging a 'Tinsel 1000th premiere' event at Eko Hotels and Suites with its cast and a large number of other actors and entertainers attending.
Aside the whole glitz and glamour Tinsel brought out that night, the 1000th episode also marked a record financial feat: during the four years the soap has aired on TV, costs have exceeded a whooping N4bn, yes you read that right. N4,000,000,000. And this, according to NET findings, is a conservative estimate.
Tinsel was originally created by acclaimed screen writer Yinka Ogun (who also created Tajudeen Adepetu's 'Everyday People') and produced by the trio of Femi Odugbemi (Content Producer), Jaiye Ojo (Executive Producer) and Lemmy Adebule (Associate Producer).
The soap is responsible for the birth of many young and fast rising Nigerian and Ghanaian stars like former Big Brother Nigeria contestant Gideon Okeke, Linda Ejiofor, Tomi Odunsi, Damilola Adegbite, Matilda Obaseki, Gbenro Ajibade, Osas Ighodaro, Chris Attoh and others. Arguably, these starlets wouldn't be shining right now if not for the 30 minute soap.
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