I took a break from my routine to watch every episode of the first season of On The Real, the hit TV show produced by Temidayo Abudu for Ebony Life TV. It was supposed to be a one episode trial but I found myself binge-watching the entire season and remaining hopeful that I’ll find a way to watch every episode of the recently premiered second season.
On The Real takes us on a journey into the lives of stars of a fictional hit reality TV show, rightly titled, The Real – BJ, Wana, Farida, Amaka and Efosa are the lead characters and shoulder the bulk of the story, while minor characters like Lolu and Autu generate and balance the drama and many twists. Their lives in and out of the reality show makes for an interesting watch. At first, characters like Efosa and Lolu come across as impractical (especially in the pilot episode), but they soon grow on you and you can’t help but lookout for hem in every scene.
My favourite character has to be BJ – he’s so relatable. I believe it’s because of his effortless blend of pidgin with impeccable English and his hustler spirit which is glaring.
After watching the first season, I’ll say the weakest link is Autu – definitely not her fault because she was brought in late; I do hope her role is expanded in the second season.
On The Real is a beautiful show, one that tries to tell the Nigerian story of privileged youths and how much most would give to remain relevant in whatever assures them success in the society.
RR rates it a 3.5/5