Monday 24th of June 2024

Nairobi, Kenya

Pomp and Color as The Bahati’s Launches New Reality Show on Netflix ” The Bahati Empire”.

Historic Moment for Kenyan Television as “The Bahati Empire” Premieres

In a landmark event for Kenyan entertainment, celebrated musician Kevin Bahati and his wife, Diana Marua, unveiled their new reality TV show, “The Bahati Empire,” on Netflix. The show marks the first-ever Kenyan reality series to premiere on the global streaming platform, setting a new precedent for the country’s entertainment industry.

Star-Studded Launch Event

The grand launch, held on Thursday, was a glittering affair attended by a host of distinguished guests. Notable figures included Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua, Lang’ata Member of Parliament Phelix Odiwuor (Jalang’o), and Nominated Senator Karen Nyamu. The event also saw the presence of various renowned musicians, actors, and actresses, underscoring the significance of this historic premiere.

From National to Global Stage

Bahati and Marua are no strangers to reality TV. They first captured audiences with their show “Being Bahati,” which was later rebranded as “Bahati Reality” and aired on national television. However, “The Bahati Empire” on Netflix represents a monumental leap, providing the couple with a platform to reach a global audience. The trailer for the new series promises an engaging and unscripted look into their lives, featuring appearances from prominent personalities like DJ Mo and Size 8, Senator Karen Nyamu, Rev Lucy Natasha, and The Murayas.

A Real and Unfiltered Look

“The Bahati Empire” is designed to offer viewers a raw and authentic glimpse into the lives of the Bahati family. Bahati expressed his excitement and gratitude, stating, “We were the first Kenyan family to have a reality show on national TV, and now we make history as the first Kenyan family to have a reality show on Netflix. All glory goes to our Lord Jesus Christ.” He emphasized that the show would address rumors, celebrate their triumphs, and reveal their challenges, promising an unvarnished portrayal of their journey.

Government Support for Creative Industries

Speaking at the launch, Deputy President Gachagua highlighted the significance of Bahati’s achievement, drawing parallels between Bahati’s rise from humble beginnings and his own life story. He commended the couple for their pioneering efforts and reiterated the government’s commitment to supporting the creative industry through initiatives like “Talanta Hela.” Gachagua noted the sector’s potential to offer vast opportunities for the youth, praising Bahati and Marua for elevating Kenyan content to the global stage.

Building Anticipation

The announcement of “The Bahati Empire” has generated considerable buzz among fans. The show, set to premiere on Friday, June 7, 2024, promises to deliver an unscripted and intimate look into the lives of the Bahati family. Bahati’s announcement on social media has heightened anticipation, with the musician proudly proclaiming, “The King & Queen of Reality are back, and it’s time for us to answer all your rumors as we share with the world our dirty, clean, sad, and happy moments! This is unscripted… this is the best reality Kenya has seen… just trust me! See y’all on Netflix this Friday.”

Looking Back and Moving Forward

“Being Bahati,” which aired on NTV, offered fans a glimpse into the couple’s daily lives and luxurious lifestyle. Despite its success, the show was put on hold due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The couple’s determination to make history with their new show was evident when they announced plans for “The Bahati Empire” in March 2023. Diana Marua shared that the new series would focus on family values and lifestyle, aiming to be the best family reality show in Africa.

“The Bahati Empire” on Netflix not only marks a significant milestone for Bahati and Diana Marua but also sets a new standard for Kenyan entertainment. As the first Kenyan reality show to debut on the global streaming giant, it opens doors for more local content to gain international recognition. The show’s premiere is a testament to the couple’s resilience, creativity, and ability to capture the hearts of audiences both at home and abroad.

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The Nafsi Film: Red Carpet Premiere At Anga Diamond Plaza

Nafsi, the much-anticipated romantic drama premiered on Saturday at the Anga Diamond Plaza and everyone came out in style to celebrate the film’s official release which sold out three theatres.
In attendance was the cast of Nafsi, Mumbi Maina, Catherine Kamau, Alfred Munyua, Alex Khayo, Alex Mwakideu, Monique Angelyn Bett, Silayio, and the director Reuben Odanga who brought out their best looks on the red carpet and were joined by other stars, filmmakers and fans.

In Nafsi, Aisha (Mumbi Maina) is unable to conceive after a traumatic childhood experience. Her best friend Shiko (Catherine Kamau) offers to be her surrogate to help save her marriage, a decision that leads to a series of events that threaten their close bond and those around them.

Alfred Munyua who plays Aisha’s husband Sebastian carries some dark secrets that shakes Aisha’s world to the core.
The film also stars Raymond Ofula, BET’s top actor Africa runner-up Alex Khayo and first-timers: radio presenter Alex Mwakideu, radio presenter and singer Monique Bett, and singer and former Kora Awards winner Silayio in supporting roles.

Nafsi is still showing at Anga Diamond Plaza on the following dates:

1. Monday – Thursday – 3:00 pm, 6:50 pm at Diamond Plaza
2. Monday – 8:00 pm, Tuesday and Thursday – 11:30 am, Wednesday – 5:00 pm at Prestige Cinema
Nafsi will premiere in Mombasa from 19 November at Nyali Cinemax.

Nafsi is Reuben Odanga’s directorial debut feature, a major shift from the Swahili telenovelas he is popularly known for such as Nira, Nuru, Saida, and Selina.

Odanga also wrote the film, which is a production of his company, Multan Production company.

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Watu Wote All Of Us Film 

Watu Wote / All of us. For almost a decade Kenya has been targeted by terrorist attacks from Al-Qaeda and the Al-Shabaab. An atmosphere of anxiety and mistrust between Muslims and Christians is growing. Until in December 2015, muslim bus passengers showed that solidarity can prevail.

The 2015 Mandera bus attack that was immortalized in a film Watu Wote: All of us the film  won an Oscar Award for Short film .

Watu Wote was produced in 2016 as the graduation film for the Hamburg Media School master class program,This film won Oscar Award for Student category

Katja Benrath from the media school who won the narrative category for the short film stated that it was a tribute to the 28 people killed by Al-Shabab militants who attacked the bus.
“The filmmaker says the movie is a tribute to the 28 people killed by jihadist group Al-Shabaab who attacked a Nairobi-bound bus in Mandera near the Kenya-Somali border in 2014,” said Benrath.

The movie tells the story of that fateful day when suspected Al-Shabab militants waylaid and attacked a Nairobi-bound bus.
The militants demanded that the Muslim passengers on the bus separate themselves and identify Christians amongst them.

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