Showmax announces 4 new original productions in Kenya; see list

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Showmax has unveiled four new original productions to be released in 2022 in yet another move to invest in the film and TV industry in Kenya.

The new productions includes Kenya’s first Christmas feature film, a crime drama series set in Kibera, a high-stakes political thriller series set in a fictional county, and a thriller series starring Serah Ndanu and Blessing Lung’aho.

This follows the release of Kenya’s first Showmax Original Crime and Justice, now in its second season, Kenya’s first Showmax Original film Baba Twins, and the drama series Single Kiasi.

“We have worked with new production houses to expand our genre offering to ensure that our viewers get to see the very best of Kenyan stories told in different facets of life, from thrillers to crime dramas to political thrillers,” said Timothy Okwaro, MultiChoice Channel Director, East and Southern Africa.

Kenya’s first Christmas feature film will be Kenya’s first-ever Christmas feature film, and will be produced by Reuben Odanga, the award-winning filmmaker behind popular Swahili telenovela Selina and Nafsi, the 2021 romantic drama which made history as the first Kenyan film to run in cinemas for eight consecutive weeks.

Joining Odanga as the film’s writer is Natasha Likimani, known for Famous, Sincerely Daisy and Disconnect

The on demand streaming platform has continued to expand its Originals library in Africa with new releases like Ghana’s first Showmax Original, the just-launched ENO; The Real Housewives of Lagos, the first Nigerian instalment of The Real Housewives franchise, premiering on 8 April; and South Africa’s record-breaking telenovela The Wife, reality series The Real Housewives of Durban, and Blood Psalms, the upcoming epic fantasy series set in ancient Africa.

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Lawrence Baraza is a prolific writer with competencies in Digital Media, Print, and Broadcast. Baraza is also a Communication Practitioner currently spearheading Digital content on Metropol TV's Digital Desk.

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