Mirror in the Sun and Badagrys Heritage: A Commemoration of Tradition and Cinema

Did you know Mirror in the Sun was plotted and filmed in Badagry?

Mirror in the Sun is a Nigerian soap opera written and produced by Lola Fani-Kayode in collaboration with Cine Kraft Ltd owned by Late (Uncle) Wale Fanu.

Mirror in the Sun is a really cool TV show from Nigeria that was filmed in a city called Badagry. Badagry is a special place with a lot of history and culture. The show was made a long time ago, from 1983 to 1986, but it was so good that it started a trend of other Nigerian soap operas. People in Nigeria loved the show because it had beautiful scenery and an interesting story.

Mirror in the Sun aired from 1984 to 1986. It was written and produced by Lola Fani-Kayode and Cine Kraft Ltd. The show was on every Sunday and had 52 episodes in total. Fani-Kayode even directed some of the episodes and helped write and produce the first 39 episodes.

The show was about families who lived in a big building in Lagos, Nigeria. These families were middle and upper class, which means they had a lot of money. The show made fun of some of the silly things that rich people do. It was one of the first TV shows to be set in a city and it influenced other TV shows like Checkmate.

The show had a lot of characters, but some of the main ones were Ladipo, Ebiere, Yinka Fowole, Tosan, Tinu, Chike, Ranti Tokunbo, Jimi Ajayi, Boma, and Dolly Unachukwu. They were all really good actors and made the show really fun to watch.

If you want to learn more about the people and community that helped make Mirror in the Sun, you should come to Badagry from August 17th to 19th, 2023. We’re having a big celebration of Badagry’s heritage and cinema during the Badagry International Film Festival. It’s a great chance to explore the town and learn about its history.
Research and Compiled By;

Williams Otosede
Reverend Nicholas Nunayon
Viyon Awhanse
Olumide Akinsanya

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