The Real Housewives franchise is growing strong on the continent, to date they are several other franchises that have been streamed on the Mutlichoice platform Showmax.
The expansion come after NBCUniversal Formats held The Real Housewives of Africa Summit in Cape Town for its production partners across the continent last year.
Across two days, local producers shared their experiences, heard how to create a successful franchise and connected with other global partners behind “The Real Housewives” series, including Matchbox Pictures and U.S. network Bravo.
The African streaming giant is not even done yet as it would drop yet another exciting instalment of the successful global franchise.
In a statement the streaming platform said it would be premièring The Real Housewives of Nairobi (RHONairobi) on February 23, with new episodes dropping every Thursday.
First announced in September 2022, The Real Housewives of Nairobi will follow five influential and successful women as they navigate their lavish lifestyles, relationships and careers in Nairobi, Kenya.
RHONairobi joins a library of other successful African adaptations such as Johannesburg, Pretoria and Durban, Cape Town, Gqeberha, Abuja and Lagos.
The Real Housewives of Nairobi cast
Vera Sidika is a media personality and entrepreneur.
She’s married to one of the eastern African country’ top singers Brown Mauzo, and is one of Kenya’s most talked about celebrities and alongside her entrepreneurial ventures into the spa and herbal tea industries.
Sidika has more recently expanded her talents to music. She has one daughter, with one more child on the way.
Susan Kaittany is a serial entrepreneur and owner of Posh Palace Hair Studio and Spa and Polished, with the latter being a luxury fragrance and skin care shop.
The mother of two left her law profession behind to pursue modelling and travelling before venturing into lifestyle and beauty entrepreneurship.
Sonal Maheri is a luxury influencer, fashion collector and entrepreneur.
She established her niche through luxury vlogging in 2010 and the mother of four has since founded Simba Maharani, a luxury clothing and shoe line.
Maherali is also an advocate for mental health awareness.
Minne Kariuki is an actress and entrepreneur, she is also married to Jaguar’s former manager and businessman Charles Muigai with whom they have two daughters.
The youngest of the five housewives, Kariuki is sassy, bold and unapologetic about who she is.
Currently, she is also starring in the Showmax Original drama series Single Kiasi.
Lisae Christoffersen is an interior designer, author, business owner, rally driver and luxury safari curator.
She is the founder of Lioness Rally, the first women-only rally team in Kenya, and Lifestyle Nairobi, an artisanal space in Nairobi’s diplomatic hub of Gigiri, featuring an art gallery, restaurants, a spa, organic shops and fashion houses.
Choice of the cast
Speaking about why these women were selected and why they’re the embodiment of The Real Housewives of Nairobi, Denise Mwende, Showmax Content Specialist in East Africa said;
“Each of the ladies has a strong personality and sure identity of themselves. They are hardworking, affluent, influential and unapologetic women who are not ashamed to live large and live well because they have earned it
“They’re also a representation of the diverse communities we have in Kenya.”
The Real Housewives of Nairobi is produced by Eugene Mbugua’s D&R Studios (formerly Young Rich Television).
The reality show is part of The Real Housewives franchise licensed as a format by NBCUniversal Formats, a part of Universal International Studios, a division of Universal Studio Group.
Where to watch
You can watch The Real Housewives of Nairobi on Showmax.
Showmax Kenya is an online subscription-based video streaming service that offers a wide range of local and international TV shows, movies, documentaries, and kids’ content to its subscribers.
It was launched in Kenya in 2015 by MultiChoice Africa, a subsidiary of the South African media and entertainment company, Naspers.
Showmax Kenya is part of the larger Showmax brand that operates in over 70 countries worldwide.
Showmax is known for its extensive collection of award-winning TV shows, including Game of Thrones, Breaking Bad, and Westworld, as well as local content such as Tali’s Wedding Diary, Selina, and Ma’Empress.
The platform offers three subscription packages to its Kenyan audience: Showmax Mobile, Showmax Standard, and Showmax Pro.
Showmax Mobile is a budget-friendly option that allows users to stream on one mobile device only, while Showmax Standard allows for streaming on two devices at the same time.
Showmax Pro offers live sports streaming, including English Premier League and La Liga, as well as music channels.
In addition to its vast collection of TV shows and movies, Showmax Kenya also offers exclusive content such as Showmax Originals. These are locally produced shows that are only available on the platform.
Some of the most popular Showmax Originals in Kenya include Crime and Justice, Nairobi, and Black Tax.