In seven episodes, Before 30 cemented its place as one of the best indigenous shows on Nigerian TV in recent times. Little wonder, two years, and counting, after its initial television run, it still remains much talked about. Before 30 was written and directed by Bodurin ‘BB’ Sasore. Bodurin ‘BB’ Sasore, does that name by any chance ring a bell? Well, it should. Bodurin ‘BB’ Sasore also co-wrote the critically acclaimed second season of Gidi Up alongside Jadesola Osiberu. And just like Gidi Up, Before 30 was an excellent show. Bodunrin ‘BB’ Sasore has built a reputation for writing that tackles pressing contemporary issues without being a bore about it.
With Before 30, Bodunrin ‘BB’ Sasore tackles a pressing societal issue, the pressure to get married before a certain age. Failure to settle down at that age, preferably long before it, is considered disgraceful. It also tends to result in societal shaming. Marriage is now seen as the icing on the cake of personal achievements. Without it, personal achievements don’t count for anything anymore. The most painful part of all this is that this is the case most especially with family and loved ones. This is a prevalent issue in our present society, and Bodurin Sasore does justice to it.
Before 30 is a beautifully told story of four ladies, their relationships and the pressure to settle down before the age of 30. Beverly Naya plays the character Nkem. Nkem is a career woman who doesn’t take men and relationships seriously. The men she allows in her world exist for only one reason, pleasure. No emotions, no commitments, just pleasure. Meg Otanwa plays Aisha, a young Muslim lady who is married to a wealthy, overprotective and controlling husband. A marriage she is forced to endure as it wasn’t really her choice in the first place. Anee Icha plays the character Ama. Ama is a happy-go-lucky 24-year-old banker. She is the youngest of the bunch and an unashamed person of faith.
The stories are narrated by Temilola Coker, a 27-year-old lawyer played by the beautiful Damilola Adegbite. Temilola , following a break up from her high school lover, is under pressure to find herself a new man. And this new man has to be found before “time runs out,” before 30. Expectations are high and time running out for Temilola, who is the only daughter, also the only child, of her parents. She is torn between her wish of finding true love and the pressure from her parents to just get married.
Damilola Adegbite, OC Ukeje, Beverly Naya, Meg Otanwa and Anee Icha all play major roles on the show. Karibi Fubara , Patrick Diabuah, Gideon Okeke, Patrick Doyle, Tina Mba, Zainab Balogun, Tunbosun Aiyedehin, Vimbai Mutinhiri, Kenneth Okoli, Ebisan, and Demola Adedoyin also appear as guests and recurring characters.
Thanks to Conga TV, the first episode of the show is now available for free streaming exclusively on their youtube page. Access to the complete first season of the show, however, requires a Conga TV subscription.
First episode Airdate: 29 March 2015
Network: Africa Magic Urban
Written by: Bodunrin ‘BB’ Sasore
Directed by: Bodunrin ‘BB’ Sasore
Executive producer: Derin Adeyokunnu
Producer: Omorinsojo Akinnola
Running time: 30 minutes
Production Company: Nemsia Films
No. of seasons: 1
No. of episodes: 7