Tambay Obenson, an American who was born in Nigeria, initially dismissed the CBS Chuck Lorre comedy. But she reconsidered after her Nigerian immigrant family members loved it. "There is indeed an authenticity to Abishola’s story that indicates Lorre did his homework," she says. "If writing about what you don’t know, it’s your responsibility as a storyteller to do your research. And wisely, Lorre did just that. He worked with Gina Yashere, a Nigerian comedian raised in the UK, on bringing his concept to fruition. Initially hired as a consultant, Yashere became much more involved in the development of the series and is credited as a co-creator."