African streaming service, Showmax, took over the Kalasha International Film and TV Market, Festival and Awards in style with the first-ever Showmax Podcast and Showmax Industry Mixer held at KICC.

Hosted by Lotan, the exclusive was attended by media, actors and filmmakers including Philip Karanja, Wakio Mzenge, George Mo, Enos Olik, Nick Mutuma, Shuga actor Emmanuel Ikubese, Grace Kahaki, Nini Wacera, Tosh Gitonga, Likarion Wainaina, Gathoni Mutua, Faith Kibathi, Francis Ouma, Fidel Maithya, Mumbi Maina, Eugene Mbugua, RHONairobi Housewife Sonal Maherali and so many more.

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(L-R) Keith Chuaga, Blessing Lung’aho with an attendee

Also in attendance were other film stakeholders as well as the CEO of the Kenyan Film Commission Mr. Timothy Owase.

While unveiling Showmax’s upcoming slate in the exclusive event, Showmax GM in East Africa, Emma Gichonge, reiterated Showmax’s commitment to investing in the film and TV industry in Kenya, while also acknowledging the support from the Kenya Film Commission.

Big Girl Small World star June Njenga

“Now, more than ever, Showmax is in a unique position to deliver not only diverse, award-winning local content but also hit international titles from the world’s best studios like HBO and Universal as well as the world’s biggest sport – the Premier League, right in your pocket, all at unbeatable prices,” said Gichonge.

From L-R: Mwaniki Mageria, Mumbi Maina and Eugene Mbugua

Furthermore, It was also a celebration of the platform’s nominated shows which subsequently won at the recently concluded Kalasha Awards. 

From L-R: Ainea Ojiambo, Auudi Rowa and Ian Mbugua

These include Season 1 of The Real Housewives of Nairobi which won Best TV Show and Crime drama Pepeta which won Best TV Drama and Best Viewers’ Choice award.

Nick Mutuma and Emmanuel Ikubese

More winners from the platform include:- 

  • Roast House – Best Performance in a TV Comedy for Abel Mutua
  • Salem – Best Lead Actor in a TV Drama for Charles Ouma
  • The Caller – Best Supporting Actress in a Film for Brenda Mwai
  • The Last Door for Best Documentary Feature
  • Kina, Best Supporting Actor in a TV Drama for Ndugi Kithuku.
From L-R: Single Kiasi stars Quincy Rapando, Kevin Maina and Michael Munyoki
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