MTV series Shuga starts screening on local TV

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MTV Staying ALive Shuga

Hi ni story ya ma boys, in gear five,
Madem wa fly (hot girls) getting down with the music, feeling fly,
Furahi day nights, music vibes, sweat and sex in the air.
This is a story of true love, lust, broken trust,
It is the story of bright lives, entwining and colliding,
Hi ni story ya morning after, mabyebye baadayes, (It is the story of morning afters and sweet departures),
Madoa sugu zimeachwa (and the stains we leave on each other)
So what do you do when the party catches up with you?
Has the ride been worth it?

Shuga, MTV’s Staying Alive hard-hitting drama has begun screening on local television stations.

The three-part series which premiered November 11, stars filmmaker and model Lupita Nyong’o (Ayira), musician Valerie Kimani (Sindi), South African actor and television presenter Tumisho Masha (Felix), David Omwange (Skola) and Eva Kanyang’onda (Virgina).

Shuga follows the lives and loves of a group of cool young students whose bright lives and fabulous futures are balanced on a knife-edge due to their love of risk and danger.

It is a story of love, sex, Friday nights and the indelible marks we leave on one another. Also starring are Nicholas Mutuma (Leo), Sharon Olago (Violet), Pepe Haze (Ty) and Anthony Mwangi (Kenneth).

The series, which the producers described as non-prescriptive, gives a raw and uncut view of the lives of sexually active young Kenyans, illuminating the risks of unprotected sex and the party hard lifestyle of urban Kenyan youth.

According to producer Teboho Mahlatsi, the show is filmed in Nairobi and specifically deals with student lifestyles.

 “Each of the three episodes has a different story,” explains Tim Horwood Creative Services Manager MTV. “Our first story is lead by our main character Ayira.” Ayira is an ambitious student who will do anything to get what she wants including engaging in risky sexual behaviour.

“The second strand of the story follows the life of Skola.” Skola is a spoilt, rich, fun young man, who hosts the campus radio show. He has gotten away with reckless behaviour all his life.

“The third strand focuses on the Virginia,”  says Horwood. Virginia is gorgeous, very much in love with Kenneth. All the boys think she is a virgin and want to sleep with her. Virginia hides a dark secret.

The recurrent theme of the series is the importance of knowing one’s HIV status. It discusses how HIV is spread, the incubation period and where to get tested.

Unlike most behavioural change campaigns, the final episode of the series does not prescribe any solutions to its viewers, but leaves them the option to make their own educated choices.

“If you love yourself, get tested,” Shuga actor Anthony Mwangi advises sombrely.

Shuga is the brainchild of MTV Staying Alive global HIV and Aids education and prevention campaign, GPANGE and UNICEF.

Catch the shows on MTV Base, KTN, NTV, Citizen and KBC.

On MTV Base every Wednesday at 10pm. On KBC every Thursday at 9.50. On NTV and KTN every Friday 9.50 and on December 1st World Aids Day, Citizen will screen the three episodes back-to-back.

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  • Nicholas Mutuma

    A must watch watch, like the article said it raw and uncut depicting the lives that many young people are living today. KUDOS to capital for spreading the message. Enough with the silence people lets talk

  • Antony Mwangi

    Honestly, if you love yourself, get tested. Is that so hard to understand, yet its so easy to get hard, and slowly die so easily! (antosoul.blogspot.com)

  • Ken Ambani

    Good stuff….. kudos to the makers of this great sukari!!!

  • Sonia M.

    You know what i love about 'Shuga', the fact that finally my friends will get to see themselves from an outsiders point of view and maybe the point and realisation will finally sink in and they will change their lifestyle. Thank you MTV.

  • Gordon Kidenda

    SHUGA Wow!!! straight up Kenyan stuff…. excellent stuff…

  • hiram

    **** wait to catch the action on local tv's.

  • keith

    only 3 words: deadly,deadly and deadly…nyc!!!!!

  • Beverly Kodhek

    enyewe we should all love ourselves.Thanks for the advice

  • bebymama

    Mostly i like the animation its so hollywood. thnkx mtv 4 pimping our"…."

  • Hazel lowi

    I loved it.i saw myself in that movie screaming'i love you nairobi' drinking myself silly and not caring…i saw myself in ayira as well but i thank God that it isnt my present since i clearly now see myself as sindi…i got tested and am ok.thanks mtv for this show it will help a lot of us in our teens and 20's where we live thinking there are no consequences.

  • Mr C Staxx

    Damn,that's a fyn show.Got the right mix of everything. Specially like the gritty and raw feel n miles ahead of the local stuff we get on the tube even tho we gettin there.Ill show MTV

  • Esther Amunga

    The show is fabulous and its about time that the youth take charge of their lives and be responsible. The youth should realize that there is nothing like peer pressure (in every action there is an equal and opposite reaction) DO NOT DO THINGS JUST BECAUSE EVERYONE IS DOING IT.

  • zena tairara

    I love myself so most of us please get tested. Hata ukipatikana na mkada kuna dawa.

  • Kimoh

    great production, great cast, great kenyan stuff!

  • Mowlid mcmaalim

    Yeah this is the kind of stuff we need as young Kenyans and students and also through out the world. Just won that ticket to watch it in Prestige Cinema. GO CHECK YOUR STATUS!

  • Rafiki

    Please guys, if you missed the screenings, watch it online now: http://rafiki-kenya.blogspot.com/2009/12/shuga-cool-movie-about-sex-major-hype.html You won't regret it, it is the best ever!

  • Simon K

    very incisive show…….make the right choices y'all and dont succumb to the ills of society…tuwachane na mipango ya kando & if u gotta do it…stay safe ay…

  • eric ayiro

    kama industry ya kenya imefika hapo then we are in serious problems

  • Cynthia

    The youth really need the message passed on in a creative way and easy to understand.Kudos to everyone involved. Be safe, stay strong.

  • Tesh

    Kudos for the good work.

  • Dennis Maisiba

    The messaging in this show is so powerful more so to the youth.It is so Fantabulous. Kudos

  • wambura wanjau

    good job. the show was an eye opener for many people including me.especially accepting discordant couples can work.

  • polly julie

    some of us think that it can never happen to us, but that a stupid thought, get out of that caccon n face the reality…go take a test now!!!!!

  • betty

    you do it extremely well boy!Mind continuing wid the same spirit?

  • GADAFFY LENKIREMISHOI

    we are realy isiolated by all networks that we communicate to any in place in kenya.i live in sereolipi town center northern kenya samburu east district so when you need to communicate you have to travel 78km to get all net works as communication is one of the vital thing.kindly request for any consinderation to be connected like any other kenyan enjoying network services.sererolipi it has approximatly 7000.99% of them have mobile phone which is useless by now please kindly we request for you reaction

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