Zuku has launched a weekly TV series dubbed Kenya @50 to coincide with the country’s Golden Jubilee celebrations.
The show serves as an addition to the various projects in different informative and entertaining sectors that have put together compelling pieces describing the Kenyan story.
”The growth of the local film industry continues to generate interest and acceptance among local audiences. Kenya @50 is a timely show created for viewers as this great country approaches celebrations of five decades of self rule,” said Hannelie Bekker, MD, Wananchi Group Programming.
The launch episode is pegged on wildlife, environment and culture, diving into the celebrated works of the late Prof Wangari Mathai’s efforts in championing for the conservation of Karura forest, her activism and Nobel Prize, the Koobi Fora Museum, among other ventures concerning preservation of nature.
Hannelie added that various topics of interest featured include economy and trade that are set to give business enthusiasts an opportunity to listen and learn from business magnate Chris Kirubi as he shares insights into the advancement of the economy since independence.
The show, directed and produced by Zuku, also showcases inspired stories on the growth of sports such as a feature on the current Kenya Premier League winners Gor Mahia’s initial win in 1987 as well as a dip into the lives and contribution of sports veterans such as the legendary boxer Robert Wangila Napunyi who lost his life to the sport he loved.
“The idea is to craft a well orchestrated flow of information that reflects on where Kenya has come from and educate audiences on interesting aspects of many celebrated sectors in this countr,” Hannelie revealed.
The creative element and lasting role of entertainment is not lost as Kenya @ 50 showcases the journey from broadcast to music, literature and film, detailing the story of Kenya’s triumphs and failures in art, through Kenya’s vibrant cultures.
“The show also features music pioneers like Sal Davis, Musaimo, Ukoo Fulani, who among others, have given the world a great tapestry of art that is popular in the East African region,” stated Bramwel Wakhisi, Commissioning Editor – Zuku
Bramwel added that the show will position Kenya’s entertainment industry on the global map through presentations on the story of the fusion of traditional and contemporary Kenyan music.
Other topics of interest include politics, where viewers will be taken through an overview of politics in the country and the significant impact it has on Kenyan societies, as well as an in-depth look into generational change in politics and the new young crop of leaders.
“Kenya’s 50 year journey has seen growth and transformation in the field of Sports, Culture, Education, Trade, Entertainment, Security and politics and Kenya @50 will highlight the milestones and shortcomings that have contributed to the Kenyan story,” Hannelie concluded