Netflix has officially announced its first Kenyan licensed Branded Series, Country Queen!
Country Queen is a family drama that highlights the story of ordinary Kenyans against a comparative power that menace to destroy their home and lives.
The series limelights in land grabbing and exploitation and how it impacts the lives and relationships of main characters.
Country Queen 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.
The series was filmed in Nairobi county, Machakos county and Murang’a county respectively.
Directed by Vincent Mbaya, Tosh Gitonga and Brian Munene.
It also stars Melvin Alusa, Blessing Lung’aho and Nini Wacera in a thrilling tale that shows what happens when the past and present collide.
There is a mix of English and Swahili language in the show.
Themes like rural-urban conflict, inter-family relationships, betrayal, love and commitment, as well as the intersection of tradition, leadership, culture and capitalism are also explored.
The one main theme of the show is the pursuit of ambition in the face of loyalty to tradition and cultural history.
“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.”
The show, Country Queen premieres exclusively on Netflix on Friday the 15th of July 2022.
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