Tope was born into a Christian family though the actual date, month and year of her birth not known. She has a strong passion for entertainment and creative activities. As a child, she engaged in drawing, singing and dancing, and had the dream of being a painter.
Tope studied economics at the University of Ilorin, Kwara State, but left the course to study Public Administration, and then finally settled for Theatre Arts, TV and Film Production at the Lagos State University.
She also studied Film Production, and Cinematography at Colorado Film School of the Community College of Aurora, Denver, and Met Film School, Ealing Studios, London respectively.
Tope is an Alumnus of ‘Talents Durban’ and Berlinale Talents, a networking summit of select outstanding Creatives from the world of film and drama series across the globe.
Tope Oshin has been in the movie scene for several years, featuring in several Nollywood movies. She has starred in over 100 movies and TV series including:
• 2010 Relentless
• 2012 Journey to Self Director
• 2015 Fifty Producer
• 2017 InLine Director
• 2017 The Wedding Party 2 Producer
• 2018 Up North Director
• 2018 We Don’t Live Here Anymore Director. Producer
• 2018 New Money Director
Tope is also known for successfully directing popular African TV dramas and soap operas such as Hush, Hotel Majestic, Tinsel (TV series) and Season 6 of MTV Shuga.
She has directed several introspective short films such as The Young Smoker, Till Death Do Us Part, New Horizons and Ireti, 2018 feature film releases Up North (film) and New Money.
Oshin is a producer and has produced some of the highest box office breaking movies in Nigeria, including the 2015 romantic film Fifty, about four fifty-year-old female Lagos residents, which broke box office records upon release in December 2015, taking N20 million in the first weekend, The Wedding Party 2, as at 2018, emerging the highest grossing Nigerian film.
In 2016, she produced and directed the documentary, Amaka’s Kin: The Women Of Nollywood, as a memorial to prominent filmmaker Amaka Igwe, who died in 2014. The documentary addresses issues facing Nigerian female directors, working in a male-dominated industry.
Tope celebrated the new generation of women filmmakers reinventing Nollywood, by presenting the BBC documentary Nigeria-Shooting It Like A Woman. Her work has greatly influenced other TV shows and literary works alike, including Niran Adedokun’s book Ladies Calling the Shots.
In 2015 Pulse magazine named her as one of “9 Nigerian female movie directors you should know” in the Nollywood film industry.
March 2018, in commemoration of the Women’s History Month, Tope was celebrated by OkayAfrica as one of the Okay100 Women.
Tope is a Casting director and has cast for several film and television projects including all 3 Nigerian seasons of the MTV Staying Alive Foundation drama series, Shuga
Awards and Nominations
Tope Oshin is a recipient of several awards and nominations notably as:
• Best Directing – TAVA (The Audi Visual Awards), Lagos 2011 – Tinsel
• Audience Prize – In-short film festival, Lagos 2011 – The Young Smoker
• Special Jury Mention – In-short film festival, Lagos 2011 – The Young Smoker
• Best Director – In-short film festival 2012 – Till Death Do Us Part
• Best Film – In-short film festival 2012 – Till Death Do Us Part
• Best Short Film – Abuja International Film Festival 2012 – Till Death Do Us Part
• Best Movie With A Social Message – Best Of Nollywood Awards 2013 – Journey To Self
• Best Narrative Film – Slum Film Festival 2013, Nairobi – The Young Smoker
• Special Jury Award – Africa Movie Academy Awards 2014 – New Horizons
• Teens Favorite TV & Film Producer – Teens Favorite Awards, Nigeria 2014
• Golden Short Award – Golden Movie Awards Africa 2015 – New Horizons
• Best Documentary – Best of Nollywood Awards 2016 – “Amaka’s Kin”
• Best International Female Director – Womens Only Entertainment Film Festival 2016 -Ireti
• Best International Short Film – Womens Only Entertainment Film Festival 2016- Ireti
• Best TV Program Director – Nigerian Broadcast Media Awards 2016 – Tinsel
• 2017 Best Director Of The Year at City People Entertainment Awards 2017
• Best Director of The Year – Best of Nollywood Awards 2018 – We Don’t Live Here Anymore
• Best Movie of The Year – Best of Nollywood Awards 2018 – We Don’t Live Here Anymore and several nominations too numerous to mention here.
Her Personal life
Tope got married to a veteran screenwriter, Yinka Ogun. The marriage which produced four children has since hit the rock leading to a permanent separation in 2014.
Her Net Worth
Tope Oshin is indeed a highly celebrated Nigerian entertainer, rated one of the richest and most influential with a net worth of about $1 million dollars.