Earlier this week, Showmax held an exclusive screening of the new Kenyan Showmax Original thriller, Igiza.
With the show due to premiere on 23 May, invited guests were treated to the first episode of the series, to which the cast and crew received praise for its outstanding debut.
The event was held at the Nairobi Street Kitchen in Westlands, and hosted by comedian Oga Obinna who moderated the media Q&A session alongside Serah Ndanu, Kevin Samuel, Blessing Lung’aho, director and producer Abdi Shuria, as well as other cast and crew members, media, and delegates from MultiChoice.
Denise Mwende, Showmax’s Content Specialist in East Africa, stated that the streaming giant is invested in creating more local content, with Igiza being the fourth Showmax Original in Kenya in less than a year, with more content to come in 2022.
“It’s been a good year for Showmax to produce more local content. As a key player in the industry, we are proudly Africa’s biggest storyteller. The first episode is our proudest yet, not only because we had the opportunity to collaborate with world-class talent on a local stage, but because we get to share our stories with the world, where Kenyans in the UK and other parts of the world have a taste of home,” Mwende added.
Mwende commended Yare Productions for the outstanding work they’ve put into creating the series from start to finish.
“Our journey with Yare Productions has been exciting, from pitching, scripting, casting, production, and post-production. We all agree that this story is worth all the energy that the team has put in,” she said.
Sharing about her dual role as twins Linda and Nicole during the panel Q&A session, Serah Ndanu described her role as an intense process that was daunting at first, especially in scenes with both characters together.
“Igiza being the first of its kind, I dreaded those scenes of Linda and Nicole together, but I’m so delighted that they turned out to be some of the best scenes,” Serah said.