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The Celebrated Kenyan Crime Series 'Tuko Macho' is Now Available to Stream Online

Watch the entire first season of the Nest Collective’s Kenyan crime series Tuko Macho.

Still haven’t watched the lauded Kenyan web series Tuko Macho? Well now you can watch the entire first season for free online.


The Nairobi-based Nest Collective's critically-acclaimed show is spoken entirely in Sheng, and depicts a Nairobi in which law enforcement is failing its citizens, hence the need for the people to bring back order.

In an interview with Okayafrica ahead of the Toronto International Film Festival, where the series screened as part of a special primetime program celebrating the best in international television, the filmmakers said they were interested in a story of somebody pushing back against inadequate and corrupt governmental structures and individual apathies, “as a mirror for the extra-judicial (if morally ambiguous) ways that people have found to try and solve their societal problems.”

That somebody is actor Tim King’oo, who plays the Nairobian vigilante Biko. His character is tasked with taking on the city’s crime and corruption, along with the anonymous online citizens known as “Tuko Macho.” They decide if the kidnapped criminals will live or die through an online exchange that ends with a vote.

The drama has got Kenyan viewers lauding the Nest Collective on Facebook, calling the series a “masterpiece” for its intrigue and believability. Questions of justice and reconciliation are explored in 12 gripping episodes that has the pace and realism of Nairobi life.

Watch the entire first season of Tuko Macho below or via the Nest Collective. The show is also available to purchase on DVD in Kenya.

Read: 'Tuko Macho’: The Slick Kenyan Crime Series You Need to Be Watching

Interview

A Candid Conversation With Olamide & Fireboy DML

We talk to the Nigerian stars about the hardest lessons they've learned, best advice they've ever been given and what Nigeria means to them.

Olamide and Fireboy DML have been working together for three years, but the first time they sit down to do an interview together is hours after they arrive in New York City on a promo tour.

It's Fireboy's first time in the Big Apple — and in the US — and the rain that's pouring outside his hotel doesn't hinder his gratitude. "It's such a relief to be here, it's long overdue," he tells OkayAfrica. "I was supposed to be here last year, but Covid stopped that. This is a time to reflect and refresh. It's a reset button for me."

Olamide looks on, smiling assuredly. Since signing Fireboy to his YBNL Nation label in 2018, he's watched the soulful young singer rise to become one of Nigeria's most talked-about artists — from his breakout single, "Jealous," to his debut album Laughter, Tears & Goosebumps, hit collabs with D.Smoke and Cuppy, and his sophomore release, Apollo, last year.

Even while he shares his own latest record, UY Scuti, with the world, Olamide nurtures Fireboy's career with as much care and attention as he does his own, oscillating between his two roles of artist and label exec seamlessly. His 2020 album Carpe Diem is the most streamed album ever by an African rap artist, according to Audiomack, hitting over 140 million streams. When Olamide signed a joint venture with US-based record label and distribution company, Empire, in February last year he did so through his label, bringing Fireboy and any other artist he decides to sign along for the ride, and establishing one of the most noteworthy deals on the continent.

Below, Olamide & Fireboy DML speak to OkayAfrica about their mutual admiration for each other, what makes them get up in the morning and how they switch off.

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