Tope Oshin is a multi-award winning producer, director, casting director and entrepreneur. She founded Sunbow Productions Ltd but also does consulting for top media houses like Ebony Life TV.
Tope Oshin has directed 350 episodes of Africa’s biggest soap opera “Tinsel”, She also produced Fifty the movie that took both Nollywood and Hollywood by a storm late last year.
In a recent interview with Pulse TV, she explains what inspires her and the reason soap operas are not as popular as they used to be.
On Distinguishing Herself from Other people’s Work
”I’m really not worried about distinguishing my work from other people’s work.I just go ahead and do my thing. If I feel at this point in time, this is the story I want to tell, I go ahead and tell it. I don’t care if it goes with what people are doing or what people are not don’t doing. I don’t necessarily aim to stand out. It’s a burning desire and a burning passion and if I see that this must be done, then t must be done.”
She Lets Us into the Story Behind a Short Film She is Currently Working One
“I’m currently in the post-production of a short film called Ireti. Ireti is the story of a woman who is in jail who is trying to get out. Basically, it’s a story of self-realization, self-awareness, self-freedom and self-emacipation.
Before I shot Ireti, I had said to myself, that I wasn’t going to shoot in a while, I want to face the series, I want to face the features, I want to face all that, but then it just came.
This story must be released, this must go out and that’s how I do my work, I don’t work as if there is any one else watching or there is anyone else to compare myself with. I do what I do and that’s it”
She Also Explains the Reasons Soap Operas are not as popular as they used to be
“Why it would seem as though TV dramas and soap operas are not as popular as they were in the 80s is because, generally, the world has become a small place. Back in the day when “Checkmate” was big, when “Mirror in the Sun” was big, and the streets would basically empty out when the show was on, and you could hear the theme song resonate all through the street, and it’s the same thing everyone is watching, I think basically we didn’t have a lot.
The industry was small, the industry was just beginning, there were just a few people who were doing these things. Right now, If you turn on the TV for instance, we have so many local channels, we have so many cable channels, we have so many satellite cable providers as well. So, everybody is not watching the same thing at the same time. There’s several soap operas, several sitcoms, so, it’s very difficult for one to become that popular or become what everyone is watching.”
Watch her interview below: