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East London-based Nigerian Family – The Adesinas draw in 1.2 million viewers for UK Channel 4′s ‘The Family’



While the world was buzzing about Prince William and Kate (now Catherine) Middleton’s engagement; last night, something else was capturing the imagination of the British public. Nigerian family, The Adesinas are the featured family on the new season of Channel 4’s programme – The Family.

The BAFTA-nominated observational documentary series returns for a new run, with a black British family filmed around the clock over eight turbulent weeks. The Adesinas are a large family living in the heart of Hackney, East London.

Vicky and her husband Sunday have been married for 30 years. They are traditional Nigerian parents with strong views on God, love and family values, and with four British-born children from 15 to 27, all living at home. Together they run a family business: a Nigerian takeaway and restaurant – ‘Aso Rock’.

This is the first time in six years all adult children and parents have lived together and tensions simmer as the streetwise kids collide with their parents’ old fashioned ways.

There is something about this family we can totally relate to! The hardworking father who built his business from scratch, the strong mother holding the family together and the children trying to find their footing in their careers, relationships etc…

Definitely worth watching!
You can watch clips of the show via Youtube
The Family | Meet the Adesinas | Channel 4
The Family | It’s Family Business | Channel 4

Name: Sunday Adesina
Age: 60
Place of birth: Ikenne Remo, Ogun State, Nigeria
Role within family: Father
Describe yourself in three words: Honest, hardworking and Godly
Describe your role within the family: Provider

More about Sunday
Dad Sunday is the patriarch of the family. Father to four children, he sees himself as the provider for his family.

Sunday moved to the UK from Nigeria in 1980. His wife, Vicky, joined him a year later. All their children were born in the UK. Sunday describes his wife as ‘loveable and warm… the watchdog of the family’.

His family are extremely important to him and although he has experienced ‘many great family moments’, his proudest memory is his son, Ayo’s, graduation.

Sunday has always worked long shifts and now he runs a restaurant and take-away in east London those long hours have continued. His first job was as a clerk, and he drove taxis for a period of time before deciding to venture into the restaurant business.

Like any parent, Sunday worries about his children and is keen to see them take over the family business so that he can enjoy a ‘peaceful pension life’.

Name: Vicky Adesina
Age: 52
Place of birth: Nigeria
Role within family: Mother
Describe yourself in three words: Loving, caring and understanding
Describe your role within the family: The rock

More about Vicky

Devout Christian Vicky is the proud mum of four children, who all live at home. She describes her family as ‘her life’ and is at her happiest when her family are together. Vicky has been married to Sunday for 30 years and describes him as her ‘love’.

Vicky’s family describe her as the ‘caring’ member of the family. She is known as the adviser amongst her family and friends and is passionate about praying and watching Nigerian movies. She ardently believes that until her children are financially stable they should stay at home.

She is a keen enthusiast of Christian music which raises her spirits and can often be seen dancing her way around the family kitchen.

Vicky has always worked in catering and currently works at the family restaurant.

Name: Ayo Adesina
Age: 27
Place of birth: Hackney, London
Role within family: Eldest son
Describe yourself in three words: Clever, sociable and laid-back
Describe your role within the family: Technical Support

More about Ayo
At 27, Ayo is the eldest of the four Adesina children. He is described by his fellow family members as ‘an eccentric’ who is ‘brilliant and loveable but at times a little selfish’. He currently lives at home with his parents and has his own business as a freelance web designer.

Ayo’s passion is rapping. A typical day for Ayo consists of ‘work, work, rap, sleep’ and he hopes that the show will ‘give exposure to [his] many talents’.

His passions are music and the internet and he would love to release a UK rap album.

Ayo says he found filming The Family exciting and feels that the experience led him on a journey of self discovery.

Name: Julie Adesina
Age: 25
Place of birth: Hackney, London
Role within family: Eldest daughter
Describe yourself in three words: Love, pain, and gifted
Describe your role within the family: Philosopher

More about Julie
Twenty-five year old Julie recently moved back home after living away for six years, including a stint at University. Now filming is over, Julie’s worried that all of the facets of her character didn’t show.

Family means everything to Julie, she says: ‘I wouldn’t change my family for any other, or else I wouldn’t be me, and I love everyone, especially my siblings.’

Julie says her strengths include being forgiving, strong, loving and intelligent. She also sees being argumentative as being both a strength and a weakness, she fears judgment and her long-term ambition is happiness, for both herself and everyone else.

If she could meet one celebrity it would be Will Smith as he’s a role model for his philosophical approach to life and for being a ‘great father and husband’, full of wisdom.

Julie says the filming made her find herself and decide a course of action. An interesting fact about Julie is that she nearly drowned when she was little, but she promises it is a funny story!

Name: Olu Adesina
Age: 23
Place of birth: Hackney, London
Role within family: Youngest son
Describe yourself in three words: Cool, calm and collected
Describe your role within the family: Mr. Reliable

More about Olu
Olu considers himself ‘Mr. Reliable’ and his family tend to agree. He works for the family business and his family describe him as the ‘cool guy’ of the family; a ‘loving, gentle’ person.

Being part of a family means ‘everything’ to Olu. He cites one of his ambitions in life as ‘a family of [his] own’…including ‘seven kids’.

Olu is manager at one of the family restaurants and is a conscientious and hard working person, even ‘too hardworking’ in his eyes. He wants to be financially stable and is inspired by his father… and a desire to own a new BMW.

Name: Ola Adesina
Age: 15
Place of birth: Hackney, London
Role within family: Youngest daughter
Describe yourself in three words: Outgoing, loving and funny
Describe your role within the family: The best – everyone loves me the most!

More about Ola

At 15, Ola is the youngest member of the Adesina household. She was born in Hackney and has lived in the area all her life. She’s currently studying for her GCSEs, as a weekly boarder at a school in the south east of England.

Ola says that filming The Family was ‘an exhilarating roller coaster’ and although being filmed was a bit weird at first, she soon got used to it.

Ola is scared of snakes, rats (and ‘anything that looks like a rat’) and cats. She admires American singer and actress Jennifer Hudson and likes any kind of music that ‘doesn’t make my head hurt.’

News Source: ATV News Network
Photo & Info Source: Channel 4


  1. dami

    November 17, 2010 at 8:09 pm

    i actually watched the programme it was kind of funny but i didnt like the way the mum was dissing the dad lol

    • wienna

      November 17, 2010 at 10:06 pm

      lol…you mean about his breath, right. Well, that’s what it means about keeping it real. At least, we can say it isn’t ‘scripted’ unlike many of the reality tv shows these days. The parents remind me of my parents too. Infact, my mum usually disses my dad like that when he eats too much garlic.

    • Watched the Tuesday episode; my sisters and I were in stiches by the end of it. Lovely to see a true Nigerian family thriving in the UK.
      It was interesting watching the mother ice so many birthday cakes and watching em count the $1 notes obtained from spraying at the party… lol

  2. Jack

    November 17, 2010 at 8:20 pm


  3. mariaah

    November 17, 2010 at 8:28 pm

    lol… This family is funny…watched it…They stay around my house, assorted meat from their restaurant is yummy…All hail ASOROCK!!

  4. Mullah

    November 17, 2010 at 8:40 pm

    @dami, nothing was wrong with it. That is how most Nigerian women are. Please say the truth… I think she was just joking because she was very busy and he relied too much on her. She baked about 6 big cakes for his birthday. It was time consuming and she was on her feet all day.

  5. jess

    November 17, 2010 at 8:59 pm

    I really hope some very kind person puts up full episodes on youtube for viewers in N.A. Please? 🙂 Looks like it would be a fun watch.

  6. ginger

    November 17, 2010 at 9:00 pm


  7. BeBe

    November 17, 2010 at 9:16 pm

    clears throat and walks out of thread slowing, if u i aint got nothing nice to say i guess i shouldnt say it at all abi?

    • Bola

      November 17, 2010 at 10:22 pm

      Yes daarhling! Do run along! (phew!)

    • madam

      November 17, 2010 at 10:55 pm


    • biola

      November 18, 2010 at 9:48 am


  8. Karen

    November 17, 2010 at 10:42 pm

    saw it absolute lol…
    it did portray however….the unromantic side of the older generation …made us laffff like mad!

  9. madam

    November 17, 2010 at 10:55 pm

    • Chizy

      November 17, 2010 at 11:39 pm

      @madam Thanks so so much. i’ve been longing to watch the programme

  10. Fine Babe

    November 18, 2010 at 12:02 am

    When a Naija reality show lands Stateside, let us know!

  11. Beediva

    November 18, 2010 at 4:14 am

    for those of us wey de yankee, how we wan take watch am cos the youtube clips no do and i cant view it from the channel..HHHHEEEEELLLLPPP

  12. austin Nigeria

    November 18, 2010 at 6:44 am

    am proud to hear this from uk. keep up the good work. We love u from Naija

  13. miss dee

    November 18, 2010 at 10:41 am

    @ Karen, i totally agree abt d unromantic side of d older generation, in all i think it was a nice show, i really enjoyed watching it.

  14. Desola

    November 18, 2010 at 11:10 am

  15. Rachael Nsofor

    November 18, 2010 at 11:24 am

    Did watch this however i have to say i felt the episode was boring. I was expecting a little bit more… The mother was funny at times but that was it. I am hoping the next few editions are on point.

  16. Seyi A

    November 18, 2010 at 1:18 pm

    Truly Hilarious… was very nice, true family values…!!!

  17. honeybee

    November 18, 2010 at 1:28 pm

    I thought it was very funny. Like you all said, many of our parents are like that – unromantic!Think it’ll be nice PR for Nigerians. Mr Adesina has done very well for himself and his family. Can’t wait till the next episode!!

  18. Tee

    November 18, 2010 at 4:19 pm

    Hi All,

    Did anyone notice Mrs Adesina giving Ayo her first son ‘the look’ during the prayer session at the church service?

    Ayo was praying at the thanksgiving service for his Dad’s 60th and wishing him the best. Also prayed for him to live long and see his grand children….

    Well Mrs Adesina gave that knowing ‘look’ that means ‘if you will get married and give us the grandbabies’ lol



  19. Dare Fadipe

    November 19, 2010 at 11:38 am

    We obviously did not watch the same program from the same angle…..It was extremely boring and totally razz. There are lots of normal nigeria family in UK why pick this very local family.

    • kazey

      November 22, 2010 at 3:13 am

      Right, the fact that you used the word “razz” says quiet a lot about your need to tell us you are supposedly sophisticated :), They are razz and you are the civilized and normal one 🙂 what a review 🙂

      Kudos to the originality, even though I had to get a UK VPN to watch it. Perhaps they could ship them on DVDs?

  20. No Name but watched the program

    November 19, 2010 at 11:58 am

    I totally agree with the comment above…….They are a very razz Naija family that they did not portray Nigerians well. I never heard any mention of the kids having any serious ambition , just showing a very dirty and unrefined attitude to life. A REAL Nigerian family aspires for the best for their kids including have a university degree which can be a stepping stone into a prosperous future. For UK citizens were university degree is pretty much subsidize this is definitely not a portrayal of the typical Naija family.

    And what’s up with the Mum telling the Dad that his mouth is smelling……

    • Peaches

      November 19, 2010 at 1:41 pm

      Come on, At least they are making it. There’s no fraud or silly activities going on in the family. They are being themselves and there’s no such thing has a ‘Typical Nigerian’ as many tribes makes the country. They are not razz. Cut them so slackand stop the hating. The seem pretty alright to me and they are happy family.

    • mariaah

      November 19, 2010 at 3:24 pm

      Err I think the eldest three are university graduates and the youngest is in “boarding school” which the parents pay school fees 4. The eldest is a web designer/works in the restaurant/music. They are hardworking and still trying to find their feet cos its nt easy in the UK now. At least they are nt benefit scroungers sitting in the house waiting for handouts from the government. They own a chain of restaurant and a B&B business too..

  21. waffles

    November 19, 2010 at 12:52 pm

    it was stupid and boring…totally uncalled for.
    the adeshinas DO NOT give a true representation of an average nigerian family plus did u notice how filthy and untidy their house is???

    • Rania

      November 23, 2010 at 10:16 pm

      Hi Waffles, I think the comment about their house being untidy is a bit unfair- you have to realise that East London is a pretty run down and poor part of London yet these two people managed to bring their children up well; I do appreciate that they do not represent Nigerians well but at the same time, do you know where they come from in Nigeria and how far they may have gone? At least they are not defrauding the UK benefits system like so many people are doing

  22. Tope

    November 19, 2010 at 1:17 pm

    Bella, why title it “EastLondon-based”? Don’t be so condescending?

  23. JessX

    November 20, 2010 at 6:55 pm

    I thought it was great. So what if the house was not perfect? It was sooooo funny and I can’t wait for the next episode. So glad to have had a naija ‘fix’

  24. Neel

    November 21, 2010 at 7:05 pm

    Razz? Filthy? Some people are so vile! The three eldest are graduates and the youngest goes to boarding school. By British standard the family is middle class. Some Nigerians are so up their -, what were you expecting? Those saying it is boring have obviously never watched the other series, the show is a documentary, documenting daily life wtf are you expecting a bomb?!!!

  25. Miss B

    November 22, 2010 at 4:40 pm

    based on some negative comments above. how on earth do anyone want to represent any middle class family. it wasnt the best house but how many houses are splendid looking. mediocres think inside the box but majority think outside the box that is beyond the carpet and razz as supposed. at least the family is coordinated and united despite having young children that cud have gone the wrong way ( Drugs and Guns) how many familiies in Uk now can happily live together now. in these disoriented and diffused society. pls stop these fake life and get real. i hope ur homes are something to write about

  26. LetsGoDeeper

    November 25, 2010 at 9:46 pm

    I’ve just come across this article and wish I saw it earlier. Like others, I’m dismayed at the comment about the house being untidy as I don’t see what that has to do with anything but overall I like the conversation over here. After watching the 2nd episode I was so moved by the emotional drama that I wrote an article on my blog which Ayo, the eldest son came across and left a comment. You can read it here

  27. Nneka

    November 25, 2010 at 9:53 pm

    Liek many others have asked, is there a way US folks can view this?

  28. noni

    November 25, 2010 at 11:28 pm

    i think they are a lovely family, why are people expecting some perfect family, whose family is perfect anyway, their imperfections are what make them beautiful, watching a family that has it all together would be boring, i see why they picked this family. loved it

  29. 9ja Bites

    November 27, 2010 at 1:10 pm

    Why are certain “Nigerians” obsessed with being not portrayed as “razz”? Nothing ever shown in the West about Nigeria is every considered to be accurate. There is always the backlash about being portrayed as rough and not classy. I remember the documentary “Welcome to Lagos” no end of offense to rich, middle class Nigerians. Every country is a mix of poor, middle and rich, unfortunately for Nigeria we have greater “poor” than “middle” or “rich” so the bigger picture in the media will definitely be about the interesting poor. Documentary’s about rich Nigerians with questionable sources of income will not be the subject of a TV programme in the West for a while. So bottom line is “go figure”!!!

  30. Princess

    December 4, 2010 at 11:38 pm

    I love the show and the family they do represent a normal 2nd generation british nigerian family…. They do not represent your typical nigerian family in nigeria as that is not the point. They are not posh like your typical fresh off the boat trying too hard international students. Being a british female whose parents had to make it against the odds in a foreign country and become sucessful I totally relate to the adesinas. All these stuck up people talking about razz etc… seriously. There is nothing razz about them they are keeping it real unlike most of the elitist fakers pretending to be somebody that fill north west london. It’s not by force to like it but 1.2 million viewers speaks volumes…. you watching or not makes no difference. God bless you all xx

  31. Bukky

    December 8, 2010 at 2:42 am

    You say they are not “the typical” nigerian family…Pray do tell what is the typical Nigerian family?Every family is dynamic and different and that is what makes them a family. Some of you people are just mean and despicable.I am sure if they had a camera in your house 24/7 you would look “razz” too.

  32. LetsGoDeeper

    December 16, 2010 at 10:47 pm

    So have you all been keeping up with the Adesina family? What does everybody think? If you have found a way of watching it outside the UK please share for others here to know. Or you can keep up with the summaries I write at or follow me on Twitter from the link on the site.

    I’m currently working on writing an interview with Ayo, the eldest, which I hope to be published in a mainstream newspaper sometime in the new year.

    If you have any questions of the show you can leave comments on the blogs related to the show

  33. Be true to yourself

    December 29, 2010 at 6:58 pm

    I have read some of the comments on here and I’m disgusted by the fact that people can concentrate on materialistic things and the status of their home. Did you not see how loving the family were, how the eldest brother looked out for his sister. How there was some element of unity? With the families nowadays becoming fragmented, its nice to see the family stick together and help support a thriving business. I was on a reality TV program and it makes me sick when people make negative comments on stupid things i.e. their home. I agree, that they are not the typical Nigerian family, however they are brought up in UK and not back home so their values are going to be different. The only thing that I have to cite is that I’m not overly impressed with the way the daughter spoke to her parents. Irrespective of your nationality, I found it very disrespectful and uncomfortable to watch. I hope Julie sees this as a learning and it would encourage her to approach her parents with manners. For me, that’s the only constructive feedback I would provide. If you are going to comment on a thread I would strongly suggest that you revisit your English dictionary and articulate yourself in a language that people would understand??? what the heck is Razz? that just sounds common. If any of the family read this, I will take my hat off to you and say thank you for putting Nigerians back on the map and showing that we are hard working and you’ve shaking off some the stereo types i.e. we are fraudsters. Well done. People are to quick to criticise and bath in the glory negativity. Those that do, I will say shame on you.

  34. Yemsco

    January 26, 2011 at 1:43 pm

    @be true to yourself, Hear hear! Haters please stop the hating!

  35. tukur

    July 19, 2011 at 2:19 pm

    congratulation dady for u have almost exhausted all your life in diaspora but still what have you done to your people in nigeria?

  36. Dewaxyyy

    September 13, 2012 at 6:00 pm

    To those wishing Genny Good Luck and those congratulating her, Kudos to you. I like her as an actress and she said the right thing about her learning on the job. Thats progress and seeing the bigger picture. When criticising be constructive,stop sounding jealous and negative. She is a success by Nigerian standards because she is being recognised but home and abroad. If the likes of Oprah can compare her with American stars, that is a big compliment whichever way Genny takes or percieves it is entirely her business. Genny still has a lonf way to go and as a profesional the best advise to give her is contructive criticism in order to improve her and not reduce her with insults and complete jealousy.
    For those negative critics, if you can do better why are you NOT out there. She is a positive role model for Nigeria,considering the type of bad reputation we currently have on the international platform. At least someone is doing something positive with no 419 involved. Genny may the light continue to shine on you- AMEN…….Enjoy!!!!!!

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