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Nigeria’s Folake Olowofoyeku’s role in new CBS sitcom, ‘Bob Hearts Abishola’, sparks Twitter debate [Video]

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Nigeria’s Folake Olowofoyeku’s role in new CBS sitcom, ‘Bob Hearts Abishola’, sparks Twitter debate [Video]

American broadcasting network CBS has released some of the first trailers for its new comedies and dramas as part of its series orders for the 2019-2020 season.

Among the trailers released is Chuck Lorre’s sitcom ‘Bob Hearts Abishola’ starring Nigerian-British actresses Folake Olowofoyeku and Shola Adewusi, and American comic actor Billy Gardell.

‘Bob Hearts Abishola’ follows the story of a middle-aged businessman from Detroit (Billy), who, after having a heart attack, unexpectedly falls for his cardiac nurse Folake), a Nigerian immigrant, and sets his sights on getting her to give him a chance.

One of the writers on the show, Gina Yashere tweeted Thursday that Bob Hearts Abishola shows “the first Nigerian family on an American sitcom.”

The preview released offers sneak peeks into the new series scheduled for the network’s fall sessions.

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Since the release of the trailer, the name Abishola has sparked a debate among some Nigerians on Twitter trying to explain the difference between the Yoruba name ‘Abishola’ and the more popular ‘Abisola’ they are familiar with.

 

See trailer:

 

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