MTV Shuga: Down South Premieres In Nairobi

A bunch of fabulous looking people, a stellar cast of actors, a critically raved about TV series – and an ultra cool venue: Monday night in Nairobi was looking pretty good!

It signified the launch of MTV Shuga Down Under – an extension of the wildly popular TV series that has launched a multitude of careers on the continent, and continued valid conversation on some of the challenges being faced by young people in Africa – and indeed across the world.

“An  irresponsible  teen  mom, a  predatory  teacher, an ambitious hostess, a conflicted adolescent struggling to understand his identity, a neglected trophy wife, a pregnant schoolgirl, a possessive boyfriend, a ruthless  entrepreneur…” – these are just a few of the characters whose journeys views will be following during this go-round.

Nick Mutuma & Thuso Mbedu during the Nairobi premiere of MTV Shuga Down South

MTV Shuga Down South is a 12 part series from the collaboration between MTV’s Staying Alive Foundation and MTV Base. It first originated in Nairobi in 2009, before hitting Nigeria and now South Africa.

It was launched at the PAWA254 headquarters and was hosted by entertainment publicist Anyiko Owoko.

Anyiko Owoko

The new series has been directed by Mmabatho  Montsho, Thabang  Moleya and Rea Rangaka and will be focused on issues affecting adolescent girls in South Africa – and in particular, with an emphasis on their vulnerability to unintended pregnancy and HIV infection.

This season, actors who will be playing pivotal roles include Victoria Kimani, Seyi Shay, Fifi

Cooper and Kwesta, while Mohau  Cele returns in the role of singer Bongi.

Emmanuel Ikubese returns as HIV+ music promoter Femi while Nick Mutuma reprises his role of good boy gone bad, Leo.

Tanzanian songbird Vanessa Mdee will also be a part of this series, playing the character Storm.

MTV  Shuga: Down South airs on  MTV Base (DStv channel 322) on Wednesdays at 00:05 EAT and Sundays on Citizen TV at 23:00 EAT.

Victoria Kimani

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