6 Most popular African Soap Operas
1. Generations – South Africa
Generations is a South African soap opera which first premiered on SABC 1 in 1994. It was created and is produced by Mfundi Vundla and airs weekdays at 20h00 on SABC 1. The backdrop of Generations is the advertising industry, with a storyline that celebrates the dreams and aspirations of South Africans. As in all soaps – rivalry, treachery and blackmail between siblings and friends and foes alike make Generations one of the most forceful dramas South Africa has ever produced. Suspense, intrigue and tension are the order of the day as the plot unfolds and romance influences relationships between warring parties. Its just the reality of the present generation’s lifestyle, where conflicts are ubiquitous and endless.
2. Isidingo – South Africa
Isidingo: The Need is a South African soap opera, with dialogue mostly in English. The series premiered on SABC 3 in July 1998 and is broadcast evenings on SABC 3 from Monday to Friday at 19:30. It now uses the title Isidingo, having dropped “The Need” in 2001. The main characters include the Haines family, the Matabanes, Vusi Moletsane the mine manager and the various residents of the boarding house owned by Maggie Webster. Barker Haines, owner of ON TV, is a high-living billionaire who often schemes his way into the lives of various people in and out of the mining town Horizon Deep, notably his daughter Leone. The Matabanes are a close-knit family who comprise a stronghold, of sorts, in the populace of Horizon Deep, with Zebedee as the patriarch. Other central characters are Lolly De Klerk, Frank Xavier, Parsons Matibane, Georgie Zamdela and Calvin Xavier
3. Egoli Place of Gold- South Africa
Egoli: Place of Gold is a long-running bilingual (English and Afrikaans) South African soap opera which first aired on M-Net on 6 April 1992. South African television’s first daily soap opera, on 3 December 1999 Egolibecame the first South African television program in any genre to reach 2,000 episodes. As of 3 August 2007, 4,000 episodes had aired. Egoli: Place of Gold aired its final episode on 31 March 2010, after 18 years of acting from South African and international actors.
Egoli was “aimed at women of all nationalities between the ages of 25 and 45, with middle or upper incomes.” The series aired Monday to Friday at 18:00. However on from April 2009, M-Net moved Egoli to the 18:30 timeslot.
4. Rythm City –
Rhythm City is a South African drama series that premiered on the country’s free-to-air television channel e.tv on 9 July 2007 as a replacement to the now-defunct youth-targeted soap opera, Backstage, on weekdays in the competitive 18:30 time slot. Its storyline revolves around the trials and tribulations of those who are trying to break into the music industry and the infidelity, backstabbing, abortion, homosexuality, love and drug addictions of those who have made it in the business.
According to the weekly primetime TV Viewing Figures (TAMS Ratings), Rhythm City is proving to be a winner and the success of the show is an ongoing surprise in that its format is not that different from Backstage. Garnering an average audience rating of more than two-million viewers, the series often surpasses long-running rivals, 7de Laan and Isidingo, which air in the same time slot on SABC 2 and SABC 3, respectively. The series also airs in Ghana and is made for e.tv by Curious Pictures.
6. Tinsel – Tinsel is a Nigerian soap opera that began airing in August 2008. On May 23, 2013, the show’s 1000th episode aired. It has been called “the most successful television drama on Nigerian television in recent times”.Tinsel is produced by M-Net/Africa Magic. insel’s plot revolves around two rival film companies: Reel Studios, founded by Fred Ade-Williams (Victor Olaotan), and Odyssey Pictures, headed by Brenda “Nana” Mensah (Funmilola Aofiyebi-Raimi). The show returned for its eighth season on the 25th of May, 2015.