In partnership with NBCUniversal Formats, MultiChoice’s streaming services, Showmax has announced that it is bringing The Real Housewives to Nairobi.
Set to premiere in 2023 as a Showmax Original, The Real Housewives of Nairobi is the 22nd international version of The Real Housewives format and the sixth to be adapted in Africa.
The Real Housewives of Nairobi follows the success of other African franchises, including, The Real Housewives of Johannesburg, which was one of the ten most streamed domestic series on Showmax in 2019, as well as Durban (RHOD) and Lagos (RHOLagos), which both broke records on Showmax.
According to Denise Mwende, Showmax Content Specialist in East Africa, the new reality series will showcase Nairobi’s elite.
“As an African streaming platform, Showmax is dedicated to telling diverse African stories, and celebrity reality TV remains a genre that excites our viewers across Africa. We love to watch other people’s lives, and The Real Housewives of Nairobi is a chance to get a closer look at Nairobi’s elite,” Mwende said.
Showmax announced that the series is being produced by Eugene Mbugua’s D&R Studios (formerly Young Rich Television), the production company behind Kenya’s biggest docu-reality shows and Showmax favourites like the 2021 Kalasha nominee Sol Family; the 2021 Kalasha nominee and 2022 Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice (AMVCA) nominee This Love.
“The team is very excited about the opportunity to produce The Real Housewives of Nairobi. We’ve had a long and good relationship with Showmax and are very keen to now be working together on an international format. We’ve gone through a very rigorous process of being shortlisted and are now geared up and ready to start production,” Mbugua said.
“There’s quite a bit of pressure from the audience to deliver a stellar show. Fans can expect surprises in everything, from the choice of the cast to the storylines. The Real Housewives of Nairobi is going to be the show to watch,” he added.