On June 17, 2022, Showmax will launch Kyallo Kulture, a new Kenyan reality series about Betty Kyallo and her sisters Mercy and Gloria.
Betty Kyallo, one of Kenya’s most popular media personalities and a thriving entrepreneur, and her courageous sisters, Mercy and Gloria Kyallo, will be profiled in this 13-part reality series like you’ve never seen before.
The three sisters will give us a glimpse into the joys and hardships of sisterhood while also sharing more about their love lives, motherhood, developing into adulthood, and taking responsibility of their businesses, all while remaining modern, unapologetic, and diverse.
“The urban Kenyan lady is represented by Gloria, Mercy, and Betty,” says Eugene Mbugua, the show’s creator. “They’re hardworking entrepreneurs who enjoy having a good time, and they’re not held back by what society thinks of them in any manner.”
They’re unapologetic and strong. Our production firm, D&R Studios, was drawn to them because of these qualities.”
While Betty is the most well-known of the three sisters, Eugene believes that each one adds something special to Kyallo Kulture that the audience would enjoy.
“Each sister will reveal a significant life narrative that they’ve never shared before,” Eugene says.
“From Betty’s childhood injury to Mercy’s IVF experience to Gloria’s upbringing growing up without a father and so much more, these stories are highly personal to them and have shaped who they are now.”
Eugene had the idea for the show in 2021 after meeting the Kyallo sisters, but they “required a little convincing,” as Eugene puts it.
“We spent a lot of time shooting test footage to evaluate if our concept was viable,” Eugene explains. “We’ve had to rethink numerous pilots, and we’ve gone through a number of different plots before deciding on the season we have today.”
Eugene, one of Kenya’s most in-demand documentary-reality filmmakers, is also the creator of some of the country’s most popular docu-reality shows, including the 2021 Kalasha nominee Sol Family, the 2021 Kalasha nominee and 2022 Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice (AMVCA) nominee This Love, the 2018 Kalasha nominee Stori Yangu, and the 2019 Kalasha winner Our Perfect Wedding.
In Kenya, Sol Family and This Love were among the top ten most-watched shows on Showmax in 2020 and 2021, respectively, but Eugene believes Kyallo Kulture stands out because it features an all-female lead cast.
He adds, “The show was likewise created by a mostly female staff.” Overall, Eugene defines Kyallo Kulture as “emotional, hilarious, and entertaining, even as it goes deep into issues that many women (and, by extension, men) will relate to and empathize with.”
Content Courtesy of Showmax, Betty Kyallo, Mercy, Gloria & NFH