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Tope Oshin Biography: Facts About Nigerian Film Director, Producer, and Casting Director

Temitope Aina Oshin is a Nigerian television and film director, producer, consultant, and casting director. She is also the CEO and creator of Sunbow Productions. Pulse magazine named her one of the “9 Nigerian female movie directors you should know” in 2015. In honor of Women’s History Month, Tope was named one of OkayAfrica’s Okay100 Women in March 2018.

She received the “Interactive Campaign” award, which honors remarkable women from Africa and the diaspora who are making waves in a variety of professions and having a positive impact on both their local communities and the global community.

Early Life and Education

Tope was born in Lagos State, Nigeria, on June 10, 1979. As a child, she enjoyed singing, dancing, and drawing, and she aspired to be an artist. For secondary school, she attended the Girls’ High School in Agege, Lagos, and Iganmode Grammar School in Ota, Ogun State. She began studying economics at the University of Ilorin in Kwara State, but dropped out to study public administration at the University of Lagos, and later at the School of Theatre Arts, TV, and Film Production at Lagos State University. After receiving her B.A., she attended Itpan Study School in Gbagada, Lagos, for a brief training in acting skills and the visual and performing arts.

She became more interested in filmmaking and went on to study cinematography and film production at the Colorado Film School of the Community College of Aurora in Denver and the Met Film School in Ealing Studios in London. Tope is also a graduate of “Talents Durban” and “Berlinale Talents,” two networking events for outstanding creatives from the global film and television industries.

Career

In 2005, she began working as an actor for R & M Media. She began her career as an assistant director at 341 Media in 2007, but departed the following year to join Ark Resources Entertainment. She left Ark Resources in 2008 to work for Storm Media Group as an associate producer/assistant director.

Tope Oshin began his career as a producer with Inspire Africa Productions in 2009. She joined M-Net in 2010, where she worked as a Box and Content Producer/Director till 2013, when she joined EbonyLifeTv. She began her career at EbonyLifeTV as the Acting Head of Drama before being promoted to Project Manager/Supervising Producer.

Tope worked as an actor for 12 years before transitioning to directing, playing in films such as Relentless (2010) and serving as an assistant director on The Apprentice Africa. and has subsequently garnered fame for directing popular African TV dramas and soap operas such as Hush, Hotel Majestic, Tinsel, and MTV Shuga. Despite her work on a number of meditative short films, including The Young Smoker, Till Death Do Us Part, New Horizons, and Ireti, she is best recognized for her 2018 feature film releases, Up North (film), and New Money, both of which were enormous box office blockbusters.

She has worked with stars like Akin Lewis, Sola Sobowale, Adesuwa Etomi, Banky W, Ayo Makun, Ali Baba, and Richard Mofe-Damijo, among others.

Sunbow Productions Limited

Tope Oshin launched Sunbow Productions Ltd., a full-service motion film production firm, in 2011. Reality programs, radio dramas, TV dramas, features, short films, TV commercials, radio commercials, and corporate videos are among the audiovisual material and production services provided by the organization.

Fifty, a romantic comedy about four women in their fifties living in Lagos, was one of Oshin’s highest-grossing films in Nigeria when it was released in December 2015, breaking box office records and earning N20 million in its first weekend. She also directed “The Wedding Party 2,” which was the highest-grossing Nigerian film in 2018.

In 2016, she produced and directed the documentary Amaka’s Kin: The Women of Nollywood as a memorial to late director Amaka Igwe, who died in 2014. The documentary explores the challenges faced by female Nigerian directors working in a male-dominated industry.

Tope presented the BBC documentary Nigeria-Shooting It Like A Woman in 2017 as a follow-up to her previous documentary and as part of the BBC 100 Women season honoring the new generation of female filmmakers reinventing Nollywood. Apart from the BBC World Service, Tope’s Amaka’s Kin-The Women of Nollywood documentary influenced many other TV shows and books, including Niran Adedokun’s book Ladies Calling the Shots.

When she co-wrote, directed, and produced the queer film We Don’t Live Here Anymore for the human rights organization TIERs (The Initiative for Equal Rights) in 2018, it only received a limited internet release through FilmOne Distribution after being rejected for cinema distribution. We Don’t Live Here Anymore, on the other hand, was shown at the Glasgow Africa In Motion Film Festival and, shockingly, received numerous nominations and awards at the 2018 Best of Nollywood Awards in Nigeria. The film is currently only available on Amazon.

Tope also works as a casting director, which he enjoys. She has appeared in various film and television productions, including all three seasons of the Nigerian drama series Shuga, which is produced by the MTV Staying Alive Foundation. Tope was hired by MTV Shuga (TV Series), then known as MTV Shuga Naija 4, to produce Season 8 after overseeing and casting Season 6 of the show in 2017. Tope is the TV show’s Head Director, Showrunner, Executive Producer, and Producer. Tope served on the International Emmy Awards jury for the first time in 2015.

Personal Life

Tope married screenwriter Yinka Ogun in 2002, and the couple divorced in 2014. The union resulted in four children. Her children’s names are Ayomipe Ogun, Oluwaferanmi Ogun, Korede Ogun, and Mayowa Ogun.

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Filmography

Featured Films

  • Journey to Self (As a Director) – 2012
  • Fifty (As a Producer) – 2015
  • The Wedding Party 2 (As a Producer) – 2017
  • InLine (As a Director) – 2017
  • New Money (As a Director) – 2018
  • Up North (As a Director) – 2018
  • We Don’t Live Here Anymore (As a Director and Producer) – 2018

Short Films

  • The Young Smoker (As a Director and Producer) – 2011
  • Till Death Do Us Part (As a Director and Producer) – 2013
  • New Horizons (As a Director and Producer) – 2013
  • Crush (As a Director, Producer, Editor, and Writer) – 2014
  • Ireti (As a Director, Producer, and Writer) – 2015

Television

  • Tinsel (TV series and Soap Opera, Seasons 2-5. As a Director, Box/Content Producer) – 2009 – 2012
  • Moments With Mo (Talk Show, As a Producer) – 2009
  • Bridges (Drama Series, Season 1, As a Director) – 2012
  • Love and War (TV Movie, As a Director, Producer, and Casting Director) – 2013
  • Conversations At Dinner (TV Movie, As a Director, Producer, and Casting Director) – 2013
  • Walk The Talk (Talk Show, Season 1, As a Director, and Producer) – 2014
  • Hotel Majestic (Tele-Novella, As a Director) – 2015
  • Hush (Tele-Novella, As a Director) – 2016
  • EvoL (TV Feature, As a Director, Producer, Casting Director, and Writer) – 2016
  • GidiUp 3 (Drama Series, As a Director) – 2016
  • Ever After (TV Feature, As a Director, Producer, Casting Director, and Writer) – 2017
  • BattleGround (Tele-Novella, Pre-Production, as a Content Director/Consultant) – 2017
  • MTV Shuga Season 6 (As a Director, and Casting Director) – 2018
  • MTV Shuga Naija Season 4. She functioned as the ShowRunner, Lead Director, Producer, Casting Director, and Executive Producer – 2019

Documentaries

  • Amaka’s Kin – The Women of Nollywood. (As a Director, Producer, and Writer) – 2016
  • Nigeria: Shooting It Like a Woman. (As a Presenter) – 2017

Honours

  • OkayAfrica Okay100 Women 2017 Honoree
  • Excellence in the Creative Industries Award – Sisi Oge Awards 2018
  • Distinguished Alumni Medal of Honour 2016 – In-short film festival
  • African Woman in Film Award 2015 by African Women Development Fund
  • Special Award For Outstanding Contribution To Film & TV In Nigeria – Eko Star Film & TV Awards by Lagos State Govt./Nigerian Film & TV Summit/Ebonylife Media 2021

Awards and Nominations

  • Best Directing at The Audi Visual Awards (TAVA) Lagos – 2011
  • Audience Prize at the In-short film festival, Lagos – 2011
  • Special Jury Mention at the In-short film festival, Lagos – 2011
  • Nominated for Best Director at the In-short film festival, Lagos, Nigeria – 2011
  • Best Film nominee at the In-short film festival, Lagos, Nigeria – 2011
  • Best Director at the In-short film festival – 2012
  • In-short film festival honoured her with the award of Best Film – 2012
  • Best Short Film at the Abuja International Film Festival – 2012
  • Most Outstanding Short Film nomination at the Audi Visual Awards (TAVA) – 2012
  • Nominated for Most Outstanding Short Film at the Audi Visual Awards (TAVA) – 2012
  • Best Short Film Award nomination at the Africa Movie Academy Awards – 2012
  • Outstanding Film in Directing nominee at the Abuja International Film Festival – 2012
  • Slum Film Festival named the Young Smoker as Best Narrative Film – 2013
  • Best Movie with a social message at the Best of Nollywood Awards – 2013
  • Best Director nominee at the Zulu African Academy Awards (ZAFAA) – 2013
  • Nominated for the Best Director at the Nollywood Movies Awards (NMA) – 2013
  • Best Movie nominee at the Nollywood Movies Awards (NMA) – 2013
  • Nominated Till Death Do Us Part for Best Short Film at the Nollywood Movies Awards (NMA) – 2013
  • Best Program Director nominee at the Nigerian Broadcast & Media Awards (NBMA) – 2014
  • Nominated New Horizons for Best TV Drama at the Nigerian Broadcast & Media Awards (NBMA) – 2014
  • Best Director nominee at the Nigerian Entertainment Awards (NEA) – 2014
  • New Horizons was nominated for Best Short Film at the Best of Nollywood Awards (BON) – in 2014
  • Special Jury Award at the Africa Movie Academy Awards – 2014
  • Teens Favorite TV and Film Producer at the Teens Favorite Awards, Nigeria – 2014
  • Golden Short Award at the Golden Movie Awards Africa – 2015
  • African Woman in Film Award by the African Women Development Fund – 2015
  • Best Documentary at the Best of Nollywood Awards – 2016
  • Women’s Only Entertainment Film Festival named her the Best International Female Director – in 2016
  • Best International Short Film at the Women’s Only Entertainment Film Festival – 2016
  • At the Nigerian Broadcast Media Awards, she was named Best TV Program Director – in 2016
  • Distinguished Alumni Medal of Honor at the In-short film festival – 2016
  • Director of The Year at the Lagos Entertainment Awards – 2016
  • Filmmaker of the year nominee at the Divas Award – 2016
  • Creative Personae of the year nominee at the Nigerian Creatives Award – 2016
  • Best Producer of the year nominee at the Exquisite Lady of the Year Awards (ELOY) – 2016
  • Nominated Ireti for Best Short Film Award at the Abuja Int’l Film Festival – 2016
  • Ireti was nominated for Best Short Film at the Africa Movie Academy Awards – in 2016
  • Golden Short Award nominee at the Golden Movie Awards Africa – 2016
  • Africa Magic Viewer’s Choice Awards nominee for Best Documentary – 2017
  • Nominated Ireti for Best Short Film at the Africa Magic Viewer’s Choice Awards – 2017
  • Best Director of the Year at the City People Entertainment Awards – 2017
  • OkayAfrica named her as one of the Okay 100Women honorees – 2017
  • Director of the Year at the Ebonylife TV Sisterhood Awards – 2017
  • Excellence in the Creative Industries at the Sisi Oge Awards – 2018
  • Best Director of the Year at the Best of Nollywood Awards – 2018
  • At the Best of Nollywood Awards, We Don’t Live Here Anymore was named Best Movie of the Year – 2018
  • Best Screenplay of the Year nominee at the Best of Nollywood Awards (BON) – 2018
  • Up North was nominated as the Best Nigerian Film at the Africa Movie Academy Awards – 2019
  • Best Director for the movie In Line at the 7th Annual Hollywood Weekly Magazine Film Festival & Awards-2021
  • The ReFrame Stamp Award for Here Love Lies Movie-2021

Net Worth

Tope Oshin is known to be one of the most celebrated people in Nollywood, and she is highly regarded at home and abroad. She is estimated to be worth $1 million.

 

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