New Kenyan Netflix Series ‘Country Queen’ Set for July 15th Premiere

Entertainment June 17, 2022

New Kenyan Netflix Series ‘Country Queen’ Set for July 15th Premiere

Netflix has announced that its first Kenyan licensed branded series, Country Queen will begin streaming on the service from the 15th of July, 2022. This is following the successful showcases of Nigerian series ‘Blood Sisters‘, and ‘Savage Beauty‘ from South Africa, each having explored unique cultural and contextual thematics from those African audiences.

‘Country Queen’ is set in contemporary Kenya, and has been labelled a family drama series that tells the story of ordinary Kenyans fighting against a corporate power that threatens to destroy their homes and lives. With a seasoned and star studded cast that includes Nini Wacera, Melvin Alusa and Blessing Lung’aho, the series will look to focus on the issues of land grabbing and exploitation, and how these factors impact the lives and relationships of the main characters, their families and communities.

Directed by Tosh Gitonga and filmed in parts of Nairobi, Machakos County and Murang’a County, the series stars Melissa Kiplagat as Akisa, a woman from a sleepy village who now leads a comfortable but complicated life in the city. Her dark past and complex relationship with the powerful and ruthless Sibala family sets in motion a string of events with rippling consequences. It’s a thrilling tale that shows what happens when the past and present collide.

Speaking on the release of Country Queen, the producers say: “Country Queen is a unique drama series that straddles the rural and urban worlds, and the inevitable clash of modernity and tradition that follows. The series also gives a unique and dynamic perspective to Kenya and East Africa, showcasing a very unique combination of characters, cultures and perspectives from the region. Producing Country Queen was also a particularly thrilling experience, seeing as it is Netflix’s first Kenyan co-production. The show is authentically African and produced to the highest of standards. We are indeed excited for Country Queen and what it means for the future of the Kenyan film and television industry.”

A scene from ‘Country Queen’ | Courtesy: Netflix

Featuring a language mix of English and Swahili, Country Queen also explores themes like rural-urban conflict, inter-family relationships, betrayal, love and commitment, as well as the intersection of tradition, leadership, culture and capitalism. A prevailing theme of the show is also the pursuit of ambition in the face of loyalty to tradition and cultural history.

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“We’re excited to bring this authentic Kenyan story to our viewers around the world. More than 222 million entertainment fans will get the opportunity to experience Kenya’s talent and creativity with Country Queen,” says Nkateko Mabaso, Netflix’s Director of Licensing in Africa. “The MOU we signed with the Kenyan government in April signaled our intention to meaningfully contribute to Kenya’s creative community and through this title, we want to show – not just tell – how committed we are to making sure Kenyan stories find a place to shine on a global stage.”

Country Queen premieres exclusively on Netflix on Friday the 15th of July 2022.

Credits

Directors: Vincent Mbaya, Tosh Gitonga and Brian Munene

Scriptwriters: Lydia Matata, Oprah Oyugi, Wanjeri Gakuru and Kimani Waweru

Executive Producers: Peter Obrist, Ravi Karmalker and Waltraud Ehrhardt

Producer: Kamau Wandun’gu

Art Director: Eugene Oyoo

Head of Wardrobe: Kambua Rose

Cast: Melissa Kiplagat, Melvin Alusa, Blessing Lung’aho, Nini Wacera, Mumbi Kaigwa, Muthoni Gathecha, Sheila Munyiva, Nyokabi Macharia, Joel Otukho, Eddy Kimani, Abu Sensei, Nice Githinji, Nancy Karanja, Maina Olwenya, Kael Njihia, Robert Agengo, Oliver Litondo, Vera Atsango, Peter King, Johnson ‘Fish’ Chege and Raymond Ofula.

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