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Wale Adenuga would be proud of this Super Story ranking

ByRandall B. Phelps

Aug 15, 2022

Life was so simple when millennials like me knew that 8pm on Thursdays was strictly set aside for Wale Adenuga’s masterpiece, great story. It was not just a TV show but a cultural event that united Nigerians across the country. But with so many seasons — it always does, guys — it’s hard to pick out the best stories the show has told. Luckily for you, I like challenges.

Here is a list that Wale Adenuga would agree with.

O Father! Oh my girl!

The OG! A classic tale of “Men will dishonor you last”, O Father! Oh my girl! told the story of Suara, a man who offers his wife to a rich man just so he can get a job. As if that wasn’t enough, when he started making money, he dumped his wife for the hometown girl, Toyin Tomato, who showed him pepper instead of tomatoes.

The show starred Sola Sobowale in the iconic role of Toyin Tomato. She was so good, she got a spinoff show, An eye for an eye.


who can forget Nenna, the ghost floating around Lagos in a white V-neck top seeking revenge? Starring Shan George and a very young Gabriel Afolayan, this season focused on the main character who vows not to pass on to the afterlife until his father’s best friend Mr. Williki pays. for killing her in cold blood. Honestly, I blame everyone involved for trusting someone called “Mr. Williki” in the first place.

A bad apple

I don’t think Nigerians have hated a fictional couple as much as Officer Francis and Caro. A bad apple was one of the most intense seasons, and it had us glued to our seats, trying to figure out what kind of shit Officer Francis would do next. Who else has the guts to attend their married chick’s baby christening ceremony?

We need to bottle this man’s boldness and sell it as a perfume ASAP.

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In Grasscutter, Kehinde Bankole played the role of Eno, a girl on campus who is harassed and sexually abused by her teacher. The gag is that any man who sleeps with Eno dies after seven days. And me oops! Well, the show focused on the speaker’s attempts to avoid death – visiting churches and a local babalawo; Honestly, I didn’t feel bad for him. You play stupid games; you win stupid prizes. Period.

Everything that’s necessary

The most glamorous season of great story, Everything that’s necessary came out in the days of abortive belts, headbands and dangling earrings. The season focused on three friends Chinelo, Deola and Boma, struggling to achieve their dreams through the domains of music (I still remember Kehinde Bankole singing Minnie Riverton’s To love you) to the law. These girls were the original feminist icons and even had their faces on Lux soap back then. Good days!


Omoye is one of those great story seasons which has not aged well. It’s like sweet fried rice, but you can tell it’s not fresh. The focus was on Omoye, a girl who, after her parents could not afford her JAMB fees, became pregnant, had an abortion and died. The show is trying to punish its leader for his “wrongdoings”, and that doesn’t sit well with my mind. #HerBodyHerChoice

The gods are not guilty

Adapted from the play of the same title by Ola Rotimi, The gods are not guilty was an epic season about a young prince who, from birth, was destined to kill his father and marry his mother. Sounds crazy, I know. But despite several attempts to prevent his fate, the prince ends up doing exactly what he was destined to do: he killed his father and married his mother.

face of deception

great story had a program against Yoruba men, and it’s funny and low key. In another case of not trusting a Yoruba demon, face of deception followed Adaobi, who became pregnant and had an abortion for Yomi Benson while in college. They got married anyway, but the abortion, in classic Nollywood style, ruined her belly. Everything went well until Yomi decided to secretly marry a girl from the village, and all hell broke loose.

Quiz: How well do you know the super story?