10) The Wild (South Africa)
Created by Rohan Dickson, Richard Nosworthy and Bronwyn Berry, The Wild is an entirely location-filmed show, likened to South American telenovelas. The background of the story is a large landmass that is home to a five-star game lodge. The Wild is a brilliant soap opera, which displays some of the best South African acts. The show is produced by M-Net’s in-house production arm, Magic Factory.
9) Rhythm City (South Africa)
Rhythm City is a South African TV show that premiered on the country’s free-to-air channel, e.tv early July 2007, as a surrogate to the now forgone youth-targeted soap opera, Backstage. According to ratings, the show has an impressive viewership of over 2 million, overtaking rival shows like 7de Laan and Isidingo. The TV series’ storyline centers around the struggles and difficulties encountered by those who are trying to break into the music industry, and the betrayal, duplicity, abortion, homosexuality, love and drug addictions of those who have made it in the business.
8) Scandal (South Africa)
Scandal is an interesting South African TV soap opera that has attracted millions of viewers in the Africa continent. The drama storyline revolves round different characters, each connected to the The Voice newspaper brought together by unique coincidence. Their ideologies and actions reflect on each other’s lives while personal ambitions, noble and ignoble, tint their everyday lives. In an industry beleaguered by frequent criticism; these characters, some charming, some galling, wants their dreams actualized at any cost.
7) Shuga (Kenya)
From the movie industry in Kenya, comes Shuga. Produced in the Kenyan Capital, Nairobi, this television soap opera has garnered viewership extending from the African continent to America. BET channel runs Shuga series almost every day. The show was first aired in November 2009 on MTV Base as a part of an initiative coined “MTV Staying Alive Ignite!” The first two seasons was commissioned by MTV Networks Africa.
6) Generations (South Africa)
A South Africa soap opera, Generations was the most watched on South African television, with over 7 million viewers, before it was rebranded as Generations: The Legacy. During the 90’s, this TV series was the show of the hour for audiences from all over Africa. The drama series first aired on SABC 1 in 1994. The engaging TV show celebrates the hopes and dreams of South Africans who aim to achieve a better future, which received astonishing warm welcome from the public. Production of the popular soap opera stopped on August 11, 2014. It was created and produced by Mfundi Vundla.
5) iNkaba (South Africa)
Created by John Kani and produced by Urban Brew Studios, iNkaba, a South Africa TV series is must see for everyone. It delves into South Africa’s collective tradition which comprises the stupendously rich and powerful, the resilient middle-class as well as the struggling poor. The show is a narrative brimming with insightfulness. It is definitely on our list.
4) 53 Extra (Africa)
Hosted by the delectable Eku Edewor, this African entertainment television show has achieved fame and popularity. 53 Extra prides itself of the most current trending fashion, gossips and exclusive entertainment news bulletin from the African continent and beyond. The anchors of the show are beautiful, elegant, sexy as well as confident pair of women.
3) Mashariki Mix (East Africa)
If you venture to understand the culture and lives of East Africa, then Mashariki Mix is a resourceful recommendation for you. From models and musicians to television divas and business icons, this contemporary magazine show profiles the top entertainment and social personalities in East Africa. The show is hosted by the handsome Big Brother Africa contestant NicWagn’ondu, together with the beautiful Sarah Hassan.
2) Tinsel (Nigeria)
Acknowledged as “The Most Successful Television Drama on Nigerian Television in recent times”, Tinsel is unquestionably, a must see. This dazzling Nigeria soap-opera, is packed with passion, romance and intrigue, as well as display some of the most brilliant Nigerian actors and actresses. Proudly produced by M-Net, the show has aired more than 1000th episodes.
1) Big Brother Africa (Africa)
This is the peak of them all. Big Brother is perhaps Africa’s most watched TV drama. Originally based on a show from the Netherlands, Big Brother Africa is a reality game show created by John de Mol.
The gist of the show is that there is a group of people, called “housemates” or “houseguests”, living together in a specially built large house. The show picks housemates from a mixture of countries all around Africa. The housemates are then put in 1 house for 90 days. During their stay in the house they are inaccessible to the outside world and are not ordinarily aware of outside events. Contestants are constantly monitored by in-house television cameras as well as personal audio microphones during their stay.
Recently, the season’s cash prize was increased to US$ 300,000 from US$ 200,000.