Passion and Betrayal in new series “Housewives & Girlfriends”
As Nollywood industry grows exponentially, the quality of viewing has risen to world-class standards and the new series “Housewives & Girlfriends” is no exception. Produced by Rhonda Wilson and directed by Nelson Spyk, “Housewives & Girlfriends” is set in London against a backdrop of drama, passion, scandal, and betrayal. The show will premiere on October 16th on Africa Magic Television. For eight years, Wilson honed her craft as a TV presenter on her eponymous Rhoda Wilson Show, but she considers her “big break” the moment when Season 1 of Housewives & Girlfriends was picked up by African Magic Urban, M-Net—making it accessible across the continent to nearly every African household with a television set.
Following extensive online research, Wilson assembled a team of script developers to craft the story lines of each character before creating the dialogue. Described as the first high-power, Nollywood UK TV series targeting specific culture, “Housewives & Girlfriends” revolves around housewives, their husbands, girlfriends, mistresses, and boyfriends. Wilson explains the components that make up a great drama saying, “A great drama should follow what in the movie world is known as ‘four quadrants’ which means is commercially appealing to men, women, young, and old across a broad age range from 18-54, which is what ‘Housewives & Girlfriends’ is about.” When asked about which African actor or actress she would most want to work with, Wilson replied, Omotola Jalade Ekeinde.
The greatest challenge currently facing Nollywood UK continues to be financial backing. Few investors are aware of the high rate of Return on Investment (ROI) for Nollywood films and synergies with other industries. However, Wilson estimates that the industry will likely soon supersede Bollywood in terms of audience and reach.