Showmax hosted an exclusive premiere night for its latest release Pepeta. Cast, crew, and press gathered at the Nairobi Street Kitchen, Westlands to celebrate the launch of the 8-part crime drama. The event was hosted by media personality Amina Rabar.
Cast members in attendance include Brahim Ouma, Malik Lemmy, Avril Nyambura, Lwanda Jawar, and Dedan J. Onyango. Crew members who attended were director Vincent Mbaya, and writers Charles Ouda and Abigail Arunga. Also present was Harun ‘Rio’ Wathari, the former footballer from Kibera whose life Pepeta is based on.
Pepeta Cast and Crew On Their Experiences Working On the Series
This premiere was a night to remember as the cast and crew members spoke on their experiences around Pepeta. Vincent Mbaya is one of Kenya’s most sought-after film directors. He has worked on films such as Country Queen and Chaguo.
Vincent expressed the joy of being part of Pepeta by stating. “The first thing that attracted me to this story is that it’s based on real life events. I was sold the moment I heard about it. Shoutout to Rio because it’s not easy to tell your life story and allow people to come in and show it to the world. It’s a very brave thing, and it’s an important story and I think what we’ve done on this show is going to shake the industry.”
One of the lead actors, Dedan Juma, also shared a heartfelt story of how he got the role a day after losing his mother. The actor further spoke about how his mother got him involved in theatre to save him from a life of crime. Juma plays Zeze, a gang leader who’s grown up in the streets.
Pepeta follows the 3 intertwining stories of a talented young footballer caught between football and crime, an ambitious coach determined to save his young players from a life of crime, and an unforgiving police officer with a personal vendetta. Watch trailer here. Pepeta takes over from the political thriller County 49 and is available to watch on Showmax from 24 November 2022.
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