In Summary
  • Ndoa, for instance, is a reality show that begins before the actual wedding ceremony, and goes beyond the glamour of nuptials to the reality of life after the honeymoon.
  • Ms Faith Koli, the producer of both Pendo and Pray & Prey, said this goes a long way in developing the local industry on all fronts, from scripting, casting to production, as they tell compelling Kenyan experiences.
  • The Communications Authority of Kenya, in 2014, called on media houses to run about 60 per cent of local content by 2018.

NTV, one of the country’s top television stations has a new programme line-up that includes about six local shows with creative Kenyan tales.

They include Ndoa, Visanga, Pray & Prey, Auntie Boss!, Pendo, and Discovery 254, airing every day between 7.30 and 9pm.

All the shows are scripted in recognition of changing viewer tastes and preferences in a television market that is driven by the need for quality content.

Ndoa, for instance, is a reality show that begins before the actual wedding ceremony, and goes beyond the glamour of nuptials to the reality of life after the honeymoon. It explores the drama that is often hidden from the public.

Auntie Boss! is a blend of the lives of domestic workers and their employers. It discusses the themes of love, family and relationships in a Kenyan setting.

INFLUENCED BY AUDIENCE

Head of TV Production Justus Tharao says: “Our programmes are greatly influenced by the audience who tell us they want to see their stories and experiences as Kenyans in our shows. As a network, we give what they need.”

By so doing, NTV taps into the huge potential of the local industry as it helps to develop and nurture it.

Ms Faith Koli, the producer of both Pendo and Pray & Prey, said this goes a long way in developing the local industry on all fronts, from scripting, casting to production, as they tell compelling Kenyan experiences.

Pendo, for instance is about a woman who returns from prison. It looks at the challenges she deals with such as stigma as well as the state of her family while she was locked up. The script, the cast and the story lines are all Kenyan at the core.”

Ms Koli spoke on Saturday in Kahawa Sukari where episodes of Pendo were being shot. On location were actors who shared their experiences on the small screens.

Eddy Peter Gebhard plays Sudi, a senator in Pendo.

“As actors, we are embracing Kenyan content. Our viewers should know that good things are yet to come. Our stories will stand the test of time; we need to support our ideas and stories.”

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