African streaming giant Showmax, in partnership with NBCUniversal Formats, is finally bringing The Real Housewives action to the 254. The highly anticipated show hits screens in 2023 as a Showmax Original. This installment is the 22nd international version of The Real Housewives format and the 6th in Africa.
Denise Mwende, Showmax Content Specialist in East Africa, said: “As an African streaming platform, Showmax is dedicated to telling diverse African stories, and celebrity reality TV remains a genre that excites our viewers across Africa.”
The Real Housewives of Nairobi builds on the success of other African franchises like The Real Housewives of Johannesburg, which was one of the 10 most streamed domestic series on Showmax in 2019. As well as Durban (RHOD) and Lagos (RHOLagos), which broke records on Showmax and trended #1 on Twitter in their respective countries.
The Real Housewives of Nairobi Production
The production of this show is in the skilled hands of Eugene Mbugua’s D&R Studios. In fact, this is the production company behind Kenya’s biggest docu-reality shows like Sol Family, Stori Yangu, This Love, Kyallo Kulture, and 2019 Kalasha winner – Our Perfect Wedding.
“The team at D&R Studios is very stoked about the opportunity to produce The Real Housewives of Nairobi.” Said Mbugua. “We’ve had a long and good relationship with Showmax, and are very excited to now be working together on an international format.”
On what the audience can expect with Nairobi, following the success of other African franchises, Mbugua said, “There’s quite a bit of pressure from the audience to deliver a stellar show but if what we’ve seen in the casting process is anything to go by, Nairobi promises to hold its own. Fans can expect surprises in everything, from the choice of the cast to the storylines. The Real Housewives of Nairobi is going to be the show to watch.”