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Porn actors takeover Kenyan movie industry

Updated Wed, March 31st 2010 at 00:00 GMT +3

By Amos Kareithi

The restaurant is a market place of ideas, dreams and quick deals as thick clouds of cigarette smoke swirl around the dimly lit room.

Sodas are slowly sipped while alcohol flows freely and tongues loosen, amidst the thundering music.

In this city joint where the old easily fuse with the new as plasma screens display soccer matches live from Europe, romance is measured in liquids and minted currency.

An advert on a city street for pornographic DVDs acted by Kenyans. Photos/Martin Mukangu /Standard

There is odour of illicit intimacy, stale beer, sweat and great expectations in the air as the gigantic speakers belch out heart throbbing cacophony.

Our search has brought us here to make contact with an amateur pornography actress, who does not need any dress rehearsals.

Anne, for that is the actress’ name, does not even need a script and she should not expect any royalties from her agent or recording company.

School dropout

1n 1998, when she was only16, Anne had just strayed out of a secondary school in Nairobi into the hands of a German, Herbert, who showered her with cash and romantic promises. "At that time, I was very naive. I had just started off as a commercial sex worker. I thought it was fun moving out with a white man," Anne recalls.

In a calculated move, Herbert invited Anne into his hotel room in Westlands in Nairobi on a number of occasions before he asked her to bring three men and three girls.

"At first he told me he just wanted group sex and promised to pay very well. Each of the girls was to receive Sh20,000," the actress explains.

After more than six hours of hard sex where Hebert slept with both men and girls in turns, as his camera rolled, Anne graduated into a pornography actress.

The men were paid Sh50,000 each as their roles were described as difficult. After each ‘movie’ was made, Herbert quickly uploaded it on the Internet.

More than a decade after premiering on the screen, Anne says she is now wiser and homegrown pornography filmmakers have emerged.

With the snap of a finger, Anne summons a voluminously built woman, who is skimpily dressed and who has been staring at an empty soda bottle, unsuccessfully trying to attract a male client.

The woman comes and after downing several drinks demands to know whether there is anybody interested in her body.

"We are recruiting some girls who will not be shy when photographed naked. Do you think you can do it?" we pose.

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