Best TV Shows of 2019

By Gbenga Adesanya

Television shows serve a variety of purposes, ranging from entertainment, education, enlightenment, youth empowerment, products and services promotion, depending on the type of show. Television shows fall into two basic categories, Scripted and Unscripted, and these two are
containers for several sub-groups. Some of them are outlined below:

  • News
  • Current Affairs
  • Magazine Shows
  • Variety Shows
  • Sport Shows
  • Drama
  • Documentary
  • Reality Shows
  • Game Shows
  • Music Shows
  • Award Shows
  • Webisodes

Most of the shows have entertainment at their core, hence our focus would be on those that offer a great deal of entertainment, and are popular with Nigerians in the year This list is not a ranking, and will come in no
particular order.


The Johnsons

The Johnsons is a sitcom that guarantees laughter for the family. The show is a day to day expose on the peculiar individuality of its characters. Its ensemble of comic characters like Charles Inojie, Ngozi Nwosu, Chinedu
Ikedize, Ada Ameh, Kunle Bantefa and many more, also make the show a popular one with Nigerians, so much so that it has Hausa language version.

Jennifer’s diary

The drama strives to teach morals regarding situations that often go unnoticed because they happen within the family, or unwisely allowed to degenerate. Started in 2012, the comedy series continues to win admiration from viewers across Nigeria. Jennifer’s Diary is one of the most popular comedy series on Nigerian televisions. It tells the story of Jennifer (Funke Akindele), an illiterate but street smart girl who does not let her obvious lack of education come in the way of her vision, hence rises to success by sheer determination. Aside being funny, Jennifer’s Diary is always bringing up some of the best comic acts in the entertainment industry. Jennifer’s Diary retains has a singular reputation of the most talked about comedy series on social media, with its unique repertoire of
high profile acts and incredible vocabulary.

My Flatmates

My Flatmates, starring Bright Okpocha (Basketmouth), Steve Onu (Yaw), Okey Bakassi, Emmanuel Ikubese and others, is another popular comedy series on Nigerian televisions.
The story revolves around incredible flatmates who, in desperation to be comfortable, play all kinds of pranks on one another, and often ending up with unintended consequences. My flatmates has remained one of the television shows families look forward to.


Battle Ground

Battle Ground is a high profile drama that deals with relationship, infidelity, betrayal, romance and politics.

The Bhadmus family is deeply tested when a tragedy causes hitherto unknown secrets to come to the open, and power conflicts start among family members. Bhadmus cheats on his wife and secretly marries his mistress who also has children for him, but when an unexpected tragedy occurs, the Bhadmus world is thrown into a crisis. The television series started in 2017 and took the airwaves by storm, especially because of the calibre of cast and crew involved in the production, making it one of the most seen drama of 2019.


Tinsel, arguably one of the most successful and longest drama in recent times. Tinsel, started airing in 2008, and has been waxing stronger till date.

The story centres around two rival film companies, Reel Studios owned by Chief Fred Ade-Williams (Victor Olaotan) and Odyssey Pictures, headed by Brenda, Nana Mensah (Funmilola Aofiyebi-Raim), both determined to outdo each other in a fierce battle to be the box office favourite. Tinsel is reputed to have showcased and is still showcasing lots of acting veterans, as well as giving opportunities to a lot of new generation of actors.

Shuga Naija

Shuga Naija is a star studded drama that treats issues relating to youths like relationships, peer pressure, sexual health, mental health, empowerment, domestic violence and other family related matters. The drama is more of a campaign targeted at educating the family, hence the high power generated by the stars and topics make the show, the biggest export of recent times.


Big Brother Naija

Big Brother Naija is Nigeria’s biggest reality show, a franchise from the Big Brother Series wherein 12 contestants stay together in a house, under surveillance for 3 months while each avoids being evicted until there
is a last man standing who wins a huge cash and other premium prizes. The show is a huge platform for young men and women to achieve celebrity status, and in some cases, win huge contracts. The 2019 edition was the first to have a woman win on the show.


The Next Titan is a youth empowerment reality show that invites youths from all over Nigeria to showcase their business ingenuity through excellent pitches, business originality, and the commercial viability of their ideas through keen contests with other contenders for a huge cash prize. It gives young men and women a lifeline to access a huge haul of finance to bring their winning ideas to life. The Next Titan occupies an enviable spot
on Nigerian televisions, and a lot of youths passionately look out for it.

Nigeria Got Ideas is a global, brand building platform that is interested in triggering employment and wealth by repositioning existing local and youth entrepreneurs for global excellence. The reality show seeks out young and
intelligent entrepreneurs who are not afraid to face challenges, get them to pitch their businesses and improve their capacity with business knowledge that come handy when connected with successful global brands.

Affirming the earlier position, this is not a ranking nor a complete list. Also of note is the fact that some of these shows didn’t happen this year for various reasons, but have made very strong impressions on Nigerians.

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