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Showmax unveils ‘The Real Housewives of Nairobi’ cast

Showmax has revealed the cast of The Real Housewives of Nairobi the latest chapter in the Universal International Studios reality format.

The series debuts on Showmax in Africa on February 23, with new episodes every Thursday. First announced in September 2022, The Real Housewives of Nairobi will follow five influential and successful women as they navigate their lavish lifestyles, relationships and careers in Nairobi.

Here is a brief bio of the cast:

Susan Kaittany – A serial entrepreneur and owner of Posh Palace Hair Studio and Spa and Polished, with the latter being a luxury fragrance and skincare shop. The mother of two left her law profession to pursue tours and travel, modelling before venturing into lifestyle and beauty entrepreneurship.

Vera Sidika – A media personality and entrepreneur. Married to singer Brown Mauzo, she is one of Kenya’s most talked about celebrities and alongside her entrepreneurial ventures into the Spa and Herbal Tea industries. Vera has recently ventured into music. She has one daughter, with one more child on the way.

Sonal Maherali – A luxury influencer, fashion collector and entrepreneur. She established her niche through luxury vlogging in 2010 and the mother of four has since founded Simba Maharani, a luxury clothing and shoe line. Maherali is also an advocate for mental health awareness.

Minne Kariuki – The actress and entrepreneur is married to Jaguar’s former manager and businessman Charles Muigai with whom they have two daughters. The youngest of the five housewives, Kariuki is sassy, bold and unapologetic about who she is. Currently, she is also starring in the Showmax Original drama series Single Kiasi.

Lisa Christoffersen – An interior designer, author, business owner, rally driver and luxury safari curator. Christoffersen is the founder of Lioness Rally, the first women-only rally team in Kenya, and Lifestyle Nairobi, an artisanal space in Nairobi’s diplomatic hub of Gigiri, featuring an art gallery, restaurants, a spa, organic shops and fashion houses.

“Each of the ladies has a strong personality and sure identity of themselves. They are hardworking, affluent, influential and unapologetic women who are not ashamed to live large and live well because they have earned it. They’re also a representation of the diverse communities we have in Kenya,” said Denise Mwende, Showmax Content Specialist in East Africa.

The series is produced by Eugene Mbugua’s D&R Studios (formerly Young Rich Television). It’s based on the Real Housewives franchise NBCUniversal Formats, which is part of Universal International Studios.

The Nairobi version joins other African adaptations such as Real Housewives of Johannesburg, Real Housewives of Pretoria, Real Housewives of Durban and Real Housewives of Lagos.

The latter was among the top 10 most-watched shows of 2022 on Showmax in Kenya, Ghana, Nigeria and South Africa. Another version, set in Abuja, Nigeria, debuts on Showmax on 17 February 2023.

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