In 2006, M-Net launched a new family entertainment series, Edge of Paradise into the Nigerian market.
The TV show was produced for M-Net by Royal Roots, headed up by Gregory and Debbie Odutayo. It looked at contemporary issues facing Africans.
From unemployment, injustice and adversity to education, equality and the search for identity, the series is a stirring look at one family’s attempt to navigate their world
The show used to air on Monday evenings doesn’t air anymore, but remembering it today, how nice would it be to look at the actors who brought life to it and where they are respectively.
1. Norbert Young – Emeka Anyanwu
The show begins with Emeka Anyanwu losing his job. He is faced then with the task of raising his children and finding employment. After the show, Norbert Young who played Emeka has been in various productions, such as Tinsel and more recently, ‘No Good Turn’
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2. Carol King – Asabe Anyanwu
Mother, wife and friend, she is the dynamic centre of the Anyanwu home. A teacher by profession, she guides, supports and persuades her family into striving for a better life. Carol King has gone on to act in movies like ‘Dazzling Mirage’, ‘Alero’s Symphony’ and ‘Beyond Blood’
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3. Peter Pius Omewiri – Dozie Anyanwu
While watching the show, Dozie who is the first child was fresh out of school and with a passion for football, questions about the future abound. Since the show, we’ve not heard so much about him except from the Shnit Film Festival in 2012 where he was the festival director
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4. Kora Eddie Obiakor – Adaora Anyanwu
Clever and pretty daughter, Adaora tried to understand the intricacies of young love and dating. Kora Eddie has gone on to work at Lowe Lintas and Royal Roots as well as Hennesy to mention a few.
5. Ayomide Oyedele – Obinna Anyanwu
Young Obinna had to deal with struggles in school, from bullying to everything that the average kid goes through.
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6. Joseph Benjamin – Tunde
Joseph Benjamin played Tunde, Adora’s neighbour and love interest on the show. He was way older than her though. Joseph has gone on to act in a lot of big Nigerian movies like ‘Tango With Me’. He has also held down the MTN Project Fame stage as the host for nine seasons.
7. Bukky Ajayi – Grandma
Veteran actress, Bukky Ajayi was the mother to Emeka Anyanwu and grandmother to the kids. She never liked Asabe because she was from a different tribe and she made it a permanent duty to be in her face all the time. Bukky Ajayi passed away in July 2016 after starring in major movies and having a career in the industry for over three decades.
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We have the theme song playing in our head right now!