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Country Queen, a family drama series set in contemporary Kenya, is set to premiere on the American streaming platform Netflix on July 15th.
It will become the first original drama series produced in Kenya to premiere globally on Netflix, streaming across 190 countries.
The series tells the story of ordinary Kenyans fighting against a corporate power that threatens to destroy their homes and lives. It focuses on the issues of land grabbing and exploitation, and how they impact the lives and relationships of the main characters, their families and communities.
Country Queen centers on the character of Akisa Musyoka, an ambitious Nairobi event planner whose dark past and complex relationship with the powerful and ruthless Sibala family sets in motion a string of events with rippling consequences.
“We’re excited to bring this authentic Kenyan story to our viewers around the world. More than 222 million entertainment fans will get the opportunity to experience Kenya’s talent and creativity with Country Queen,” said Nkateko Mabaso, Netflix’s Director of Licensing in Africa.
“The MOU we signed with the Kenyan government in April signaled our intention to meaningfully contribute to Kenya’s creative community and through this title, we want to show – not just tell – how committed we are to making sure Kenyan stories find a place to shine on a global stage.”
Country Queen is written by Lydia Matata, Oprah Oyugi, Wanjeri Gakuru and Kimani Waweru with direction from Vincent Mbaya, Tosh Gitonga and Brian Munene.
Filmed in Nairobi, Machakos and Murang’a counties, ‘Country Queen’ stars Melissa Kiplagat, Melvin Alusa, Blessing Lung’aho, Nini Wacera, Mumbi Kaigwa, Muthoni Gathecha, and Sheila Munyiva, among many other notable Kenyan actors.
Shot in English, Swahili, and a mix of other local languages, the series explores urban and rural Kenya through characters entwined by love, betrayal and conflict.
Kenyans need to pull up their socks. They are busy consuming- OVER CONSUMING Nigerian shenanigans, Mexican cartel sponsored stuff, Phillipino mediocre operas yet you visit these countrries and NO ONE WATCHES ANYTHING KENYAN! BUY KENYAN, BUILD KENYA. If only tumgekuwa tunapendana, we would've pulled ourselves out of the fucking ditches we find ourselves in. Kazi ni wizi, ukabila na ubaguzi tu. The first one eh! Challenge to everyone reading this comment, usipoenda kusupport hawa actors by watching this first one... Wewe ni mchawi
Iam not a movie critique par excellence,but I really dont see the Kenyan fascination with Nigerian movies.To me, world wide, I would rate them as sub par. I have watched one,and quite 20 minutes into the other.I was not impressed with their acting or the scripts.This is my opinion ,ofcourse.They must have done something good marketing their third rate movies in Kenya.At best , their movies would be characterized as commercials for skin lighteners.
Iam for buying and promoting african productions,but Iam not going to lower my standard or taste just for that.Africans need to deliver better products that can sell worldwide. These localized productions can only go so far...Please note that there is nothing racism or brain washed by mzungu here,just objective observation.
why do you want to do that for? And why would she even want you to do that on her? Arent you being selfish for no reason?
Musyoka is the protagonist in this movie? Nee nesa.