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Multichoice launches new local show ‘Shanga’ with call on Kenyans to support local creative industry

Shanga joins a lineup of outstanding local productions, including 'Kam U Stay,' recently honored as Best TV Comedy at the Kalasha Awards, and 'Haki Mwitu.'

L-R: Managing Director, MultiChoice Kenya, Nzola Miranda, Chief Executive Officer, Kenya Film Commission, Timothy Owase, Public Relations and Communications Manager, MultiChoice Kenya, Elisha Kamau

Kenyans have been urged to embrace local content to suport the multi bilion shilling creative industry in the country.

According to Multi Choice Kenya Managing Director Nzola Miranda they are investing more on local programing to create more job opportunities for Kenyans.

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Miranda was speaking last Friday during the launch of a new tv series dubbed Shanga which will replace Salem and will air every Monday through to Friday on Maisha Magic Plus, available on DStv Channel 163 and GOtv Channel 3 at 8:00 p.m.

Featuring Brahim Ouma (renowned for this role in the ‘Pepeta’ show) and Foi Wambui (recognized for her role in ‘Salem’), Shanga follows the story of Soilan, a Maasai girl. When Naibei forcefully claims her as his bride, Soilan bravely stands up to him, sending shockwaves through the village. This defiance leads to a confrontation at the Eunoto ceremony – a significant Maasai rite of passage where young men have their hair shaved, symbolizing their transition to adulthood – between Naibei and the renowned Maasai Moran named Ledama.

The story follows three main characters who, amidst pursuing their dreams, find themselves entangled in a love triangle. Their aspirations and challenges are vividly depicted in this rags-to-riches narrative, richly intertwined with fashion, culture, color, and vibrancy. The Maasai culture and its ‘nuances’ play a significant role in the storyline.

According to Nzola Miranda, Managing Director, MultiChoice Kenya noted: “Today marks an exciting milestone for our viewers as we introduce ‘Shanga’, a compelling addition to our local content offerings. We are committed to promoting local talent and narratives, fostering cultural preservation, and creating employment opportunities for Kenyans.”

“As Kenya’s most loved storyteller, we take pride in curating the country’s largest collection of local shows and remain committed to investing in local content. Local productions preserve cultural identity and promote diversity,” noted Mr. Miranda.

Shanga joins a lineup of outstanding local productions, including ‘Kam U Stay,’ recently honored as Best TV Comedy at the Kalasha Awards, and ‘Haki Mwitu.’

“As we look forward, our commitment is to continue producing and airing exciting and riveting local content and support Kenya Film Commission and Government grow local content. We will continue to collaborate with film production companies to create high quality content that captivate global audiences. Through industry-wide cooperation, our filmmakers and crew members will become household names beyond Kenya’s borders,” added Mr. Miranda.

On his part, Timothy Owase,Chief executive officer at the Kenya Film Commission reiterated the government’s commitment to prioritize local programming content as a way of supporting the youth.

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