News

'Nairobi Half Life' Director Shares Trailer For Kenyan Crime Drama TV Series, 'The Nairobians'

Kenyan director David Tosh Gitonga ('Nairobi Half Life') shares the trailer for his Kenyan crime drama TV series, 'The Nairobians.'


The first official trailer for The Nairobians, a forthcoming television series from award-winning Kenyan director David "Tosh" Gitonga, has started making the rounds online. Gitonga's debut film, Nairobi Half Life, a crime drama about a young actor from the upcountry trying to make it big in the capital, was Kenya's first ever Oscar submission, and, according to its producers, the most successful theatrical release for a local film in Kenya. "We keep saying crime is wrong, but are we really looking at why there is crime?" Gitonga said in a 2012 interview with CNN. With his next project, Gitonga re-visits the theme of crime in Nairobi. Though there isn't much information available about the forthcoming crime drama's premise, its gritty and fast-paced trailer offers an enticing look at the 26-part series which delves into the seedy underbelly of Nairobi's organized crime syndicates and the world of illegal ivory trading. The Nairobians is set to feature an ensemble cast of Kenyan actors, including  Daniel Weke, Brenda Wairimu, Paul Ogolo, and Antony Ndung'u (who previously worked with Gitonga in Nairobi Half Life). No official date has been announced for the series. For now, check out the trailer below.

Interview

Interview: Wavy The Creator Is Ready to See You Now

The multidisciplinary Nigerian-American artist on tapping into all her creative outlets, creating interesting things, releasing a new single and life during quarantine.

A trip canceled, plans interrupted, projects stalled. It is six months now since Wavy the Creator has had to make a stop at an undisclosed location to go into quarantine and get away from the eye of the pandemic.

The professional recording artist, photographer, writer, fashion artist, designer, and evolving creative has been spending all of this time in a house occupied by other creatives. This situation is ideal. At least for an artist like Wavy who is always in a rapid motion of creating and bringing interesting things to life. The energy around the house is robust enough to tap from and infuse into any of her numerous creative outlets. Sometimes, they also inspire trips into new creative territories. Most recently, for Wavy, are self-taught lessons on a bass guitar.

Wavy's days in this house are not without a pattern, of course. But some of the rituals and personal rules she drew up for herself, like many of us did for internal direction, at the beginning of the pandemic have been rewritten, adjusted, and sometimes ditched altogether. Some days start early and end late. Some find her at her sewing machine fixing up thrift clothes to fit her taste, a skill she picked up to earn extra cash while in college, others find her hard at work in the studio, writing or recording music.

Keep reading... Show less

get okayafrica in your inbox

popular.

The 10 Songs You Need to Hear This Week

Featuring Wizkid, Alicia Keys x Diamond Platnumz, Manu WorldStar, Maya Amolo, La Dame Blanche and more.