• The reality series is the 22nd international version of The Real Housewives format and the sixth to be adapted in Africa.

• Mbugua has been tasked to produce #RHONairobi, a show the will debut on Showmax in 2023.  

to Produce The Real Housewives of Nairobi.
Eugene Mbugua to Produce The Real Housewives of Nairobi.
Image: Eugene Mbugua

Kenya’s renowned creative powerhouse, Eugene Mbugua has landed yet another major deal as the producer of the much anticipated The Real Housewives to Nairobi.

Mbugua has been tasked to produce #RHONairobi, a show the will debut on Showmax in 2023.  

“The team at D&R Studios is very stoked about the opportunity to produce The Real Housewives of Nairobi,” said Mbugua.

Adding that; “We’ve had a long and good relationship with Showmax, and are very excited to now be working together on an international format. We’ve gone through a very rigorous process of being shortlisted and are now geared up and ready to start production.”

On what the audience can expect with Nairobi, following the success of other African franchises, Mbugua said;

“There’s quite a bit of pressure from the audience to deliver a stellar show but if what we’ve seen in the casting process is anything to go by, Nairobi promises to hold its own. Fans can expect surprises in everything, from the choice of the cast to the storylines. The Real Housewives of Nairobi is going to be the show to watch.”

The Streaming platform has partnered with NBCUniversal Formats to make Reality Series available in Kenya and the entire East Africa Market.  

The reality series is the 22nd international version of The Real Housewives format and the sixth to be adapted in Africa.

The Real Housewives of Nairobi builds on the success of other African franchises like The Real Housewives of Johannesburg, which was one of the 10 most streamed domestic series on Showmax in 2019, as well as Durban (RHOD) and Lagos (RHOLagos), which both broke records on the platform and were trending #1 on Twitter in their respective countries.

Denise Mwende, Showmax Content Specialist in East Africa, said:

“As an African streaming platform, Showmax is dedicated to telling diverse African stories, and celebrity reality TV remains a genre that excites our viewers across Africa. We love to watch other people’s lives, and The Real Housewives of Nairobi is a chance to get a much closer look at Nairobi’s elite.”

In the past, Eugene Mbugua’s D&R Studios (formerly Young Rich Television), has produced docu-reality shows like Sol Family,  This Love, Kyallo Kulture, Stori Yangu and Our Perfect Wedding.

“D&R Studios already has a portfolio of celebrity reality content like Sol Family, This Love and Kyallo Kulture under their belt. They understand the structure, and are willing to work hand in hand with our local teams and NBCUniversal to bring the Nairobi franchise to life,” added Denise Mwende.

As you wait for The Real Housewives of Nairobi, you can binge-watch these African franchises on Showmax: The Real Housewives of Lagos, The Real Housewives of Durban S1-2 and The Real Housewives of Johannesburg S1-2.

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