African television series offer viewers the opportunity to stay glued to their TVs with a blend of African lifestyle and entertainment. If you are a fan of African series, whether comedy shows, movies, or lifestyle programs, below is a list of TV series across the continent you should be know:
Tinsel has continued to maintain its status as one of the most successful African soap-operas in history. The Nigerian TV series which was first aired in 2008 was created by Yinka Ogun. The series which is in its eighth season with over 1500 episodes is produced by MNet Africa Production and runs for 25 minutes on DStv, every weeknight. The series’ revolves around the rivalry between two film companies: Reel Studios and Odyssey Pictures. The soap opera is a blend of passion, romance and intrigue as well as display of some of the most prolific Nigerian actors and actresses. Some of the top acts on Tinsel include Matilda Obaseki, Victor Olaotan, Damilola Adegbite, Chris Attoh and a host of others.
Rhythm City (South Africa)
Rhythm City is a South African TV soap opera that is aired for 30 minutes on the country’s popular free-to-air channel, e.tv, at 7.00pm every weekday. The TV series which is in its 5th season has an average of over 2 million viewers. The storyline of the series revolve around the trials and tribulations of persons who are trying to break into the music industry and the infidelity, backstabbing, love, addictions and the controversies experienced by those that have made it in the industry.
Scandal (South Africa)
Scandal is a South African TV series that has attracted millions of viewers across the continent. The storyline of this soap opera centers around various characters (with distinct traits) brought together by unique coincidence to live around a Media House, The Voice newspaper, located in Newtown, Johannesburg. The ideologies, actions as well as the personal ambitions of each character not only reflect but affect their everyday lives. Apparently, the industry suffers occasional criticisms. The series is aired on e.tv.
Poisoned Bait (Ghana)
Poisoned Bait is a Ghanaian TV series which debuted on iROKOtv in 2015. The soap opera revolves around a struggling literary manager, her best friend, her first love, and her ex who arrives from Egypt on her wedding day sending her once peaceful life out of control. The TV series is produced by Turning Point Media and is licensed to iROKOtv.
Mashariki Mix (East Africa)
Mashariki Mix is an East African series that showcases few of the most excellent places to eat or shop around East Africa. The show also features events around the region including fashion shows, guest celebrities and many more. The show is hosted by ex-BBA contestant, Nic Wang’ondu alongside Sarah Hassan.
The above–listed TV series are some of the best available on the continent. We also implore you to check out The Wild (South Africa), Jenifa’s Diary (Nigeria), 53 Extra and INKaba (South Africa). You surely would be enthralled by the qualities these TV series have to offer.