Igiza Is Here

And is the hottest thing on TV right now

By  | May 27, 2022, 12:24 PM

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Showmax have done it again - this time with Igiza - a Kenyan original set against the backdrop of Nairobi’s fashion industry and the world of the wash wash.

Identical twins Linda and Nicole live their very different worlds.
Nicole is in prision, drinking watery prison porridge and getting harassed by prison guards while also being forced to offer sexual favours to a very sleazy prison warden. By contrast, the sophisticated Linda runs her successful fashion house with an icy attitude that makes everyone cower at the sight of her. With the backing of some big investors, she’s just gearing up for the launch of her tenth clothing store, a move that will take her to the next level.
 
But their lives are about to change in the most spectacular fashion as Nicole sets her plan in motion to take back everything she’s owed. Linda betrayed her in the past and is now going to get a taste of her own medicine. 

“Both these worlds are about image and status. And we chose them because of their current nature and relevance in the Kenyan society,” director and producer Abdi Shuria says. “The wash wash industry in Kenya is unlike any other around the world. Here, money launderers openly flaunt their wealth, living large and dangerously. I found this to be an irresistible opportunity to dive into that underworld and uncover a different side of Nairobi.”
 
There is also a prison setting which is key to the show’s storyline, introducing us to an interesting cast of characters who are not so different from those plotting in the world beyond the prison walls. These include Musa, the crooked warden (Ainea Ojiambo, Kina); Senje, the hateful prison guard (Eillene Otieno) who derives pleasure from tormenting Nicole; and Salome (Sheila Ndanu, Maria), who runs the prison and who has a bigger stake in Nicole’s revenge mission than we first realize.
 
A lot of preparation went into capturing this prison world as authentically as possible. “We visited Lang’ata Womens Prison to learn about the different prison dialects, procedures and what the experience is like for both inmates and guards,” Shuria says.
 
Igiza is the fourth Showmax Original in Kenya, building on the success of the Kalasha-winning police procedural series Crime and Justice, the coming-of-age film Baba Twins, and the drama series Single Kiasi.

Watch Igiza’s official launch trailer here