Kenyan reality show lovers sigh with relief after Showmax in partnership with NBC Universal Formats, unveiled the coming of the most awaited series The Real House Help of Kenya (RHON).
Real Housewives franchise displays the opulent lifestyles of the richest housewives from around the world and surely Kenya has to be on the list, we can all agree that we have some of the sassiest, glamorous, and dramatic women who, if made explicit, would produce the best show that would outperform the rest of the housewives worldwide.
Denise Mwende, Showmax Content Specialist in East Africa, mentioned that celebrity reality TV fascinates a huge audience across Africa, and as an African streaming platform, Showmax is committed to portraying a variety of African tales.
"We love to watch other people’s lives, and The Real Housewives of Nairobi is a chance to get a much closer look at Nairobi’s elite.” She opined.
The talented filmmaker Eugene Mbugua will produce the reality show, and if the Kyallo culture is anything to go by, we are in for juicy drama and spicy gossip from the cast.
Eugene is popularly known for his show at K24 Young and Rich, he is the head of Eugene Mbugua’s D&R Studios (formerly Young Rich Television), the production company behind Kenya’s biggest docu-reality shows and Showmax favorites like the 2021 Kalasha nominee Sol Family; the 2021 Kalasha nominee and 2022 Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice (AMVCA) nominee This Love; 2022 reality series Kyallo Kulture; 2018 Kalasha nominee Stori Yangu and 2019 Kalasha winner Our Perfect Wedding.
Eugene expressed his gratitude for the opportunity to produce the international show and went on to describe his relationship with Showmax, and his experiences working on the shows they have already produced.
“We’ve had a long and good relationship with Showmax, and are very excited to now be working together on an international format. We’ve gone through a very rigorous process of being shortlisted and are now geared up and ready to start production.” Mbugua stated.
In response to a question about what viewers should anticipate from the show, Mbugua disclosed that he felt pressured to produce an outstanding program given the success of other African franchises. He assured them that Nairobi would hold its own and that the cast would without a certain deliver.
He also warned his fans saying that they should expect surprises in every aspect of the show, from the casting of the actors to the storylines. We can't help but wonder who will make up this group of exceptional women.
Denise Mwende commended the D&R studios and expressed her confidence in their ability to deliver in support of Mbugua's claims.
"They understand the structure, and are willing to work hand in hand with our local teams and NBC Universal to bring the Nairobi franchise to life,” added Denise Mwende.
As we wait to meet our Kenyan Caroline Brooks you can binge-watch these African franchises on Showmax: The Real Housewives of Lagos, The Real Housewives of Durban S1-2 and The Real Housewives of Johannesburg S1-2.