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Pepeta: Ex-Machachari actor Govi makes TV comeback in new crime series

Renowned actor Lemuel Malik alias Govi will be returning on TV after bagging a major role in an upcoming showmax show.

Govi, who became a star following his impressive acting skills at the citizen TV show called Machachari, will now be starring a new showmax show dubbed pepeta which is scheduled to premier on Thursday, November 24.

The new series has eight parts and generally tries to capture the dreams and realities of the youth in Kibera, known for churning out top football players in the country. The series is based on the real-life story of Harun ‘Rio’ Wathari.

Govi joins other heavyweights such as Brahim Ouma who is in the lead role playing the role of Junior, singer Avril Nyambura (popularly from TV show Shuga), Dedan J. Onyango (The Real Househelps of Kawangware), and Lwanda Jawar (Sense8).

Others are George Mo (Borderline), Wycliffe Eravuna (Selina), Marrianne Nungo (Supa Modo) and Brian Ngaira (Baba Twins) among others.

The upcoming show follows three intertwining stories.

Junior is a 17-year-old talented footballer torn between the thrills of crime and the promises of soccer.

“Kepha is an unforgiving cop with a personal vendetta, determined to rid the streets of criminals. And Biki is an ambitious football coach determined to get Junior and his friends scouted before the barrel of the gun cuts short their dreams,” showmax described the show in part.

Speaking during an interview the show director Vincent Mbaya said that he featured a predominantly young cast, including some who have never been seen on screen before.

“I had to dig deep into my experiences, especially working with young first time actors. I really had to go back to my acting days and put myself in their shoes, guiding them through the process, helping them tap into the small things that define their characters. It was a very fulfilling experience.

“I think that we are about to discover some amazing talent. Some of the more known faces also deliver on a level we haven’t seen them reach before,” Mbaya said.

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