Streaming services Netflix has announced its first Kenyan-licensed series, Country Queen, which will be released on Friday, 15 July 2022. The series is a family drama that tells the story of ordinary Kenyans fighting against a corporate power that threatens to destroy their homes and lives.
Set in contemporary Kenya, Country Queen focuses on the issues of land grabbing, exploitation and how these issues impact the lives and relationships of the main characters, their families, and communities.
The series stars Melissa Kiplagat, a woman from a sleepy village who now leads a comfortable but complicated life in the city. Her mysterious past and complex relationship with the powerful and ruthless Sibala family sets a string of events with rippling consequences in motion.
Filmed in Nairobi, Machakos County and Murang’a County, the series was directed by Vincent Mbaya, Tosh Gitonga and Brian Munene.
Speaking on the release of Country Queen, Nkateko Mabaso, Netflix’s Director of Licensing in Africa, said, “We are delighted to bring this authentic Kenyan story to our viewers worldwide. More than 222 million fans will get the opportunity to experience Kenya’s talent and creativity with Country Queen.”
“In April, we signed an MOU with the Kenyan government, indicating our intention to contribute to Kenya’s creative community. Through this title, we wanted to show how committed we are to ensuring Kenyan stories find a place on an international platform,” Mabaso added.
The cast of the series includes Melissa Kiplagat, Nini Wacera Melvin Alusa, Mumbi Kaigwa, Blessing Lung’aho, Muthoni Gathecha, Sheila Munyiva, Nyokabi Macharia, Joel Otukho, Eddy Kimani, Abu Sensei, Nice Githinji, Maina Olwenya, Kael Njihia, Robert Agengo, Oliver Litondo, Nancy Karanja, Vera Atsango, Peter King, Johnson’ Fish’ Chege as well as Raymond Ofula.