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'Real Housewives of Nairobi' begins production this month

 The cast of 'The Real Housewives of Lagos'.(Courtesy)

African streaming service, Showmax, in partnership with NBC Universal Formats, is bringing The Real Housewives to Nairobi.

The Real Housewives of Nairobi, which will debut in 2023, is the 22nd international version of The Real Housewives format and the sixth to be adapted in Africa.

"As an African streaming platform, we are 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 much closer look at Nairobi's elite," says Denise Mwende, Showmax content specialist in East Africa.

The show 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 other favourites.

"The team at D & R Studios is very excited about the opportunity to produce The Real Housewives of Nairobi," said Mbugua.

On what the audience can expect with Nairobi, following the success of other African franchises, he says: "There is quite a bit of pressure from the audience to deliver a stellar show but if what we have seen in the casting process is anything to go by, Nairobi promises to hold its own. Fans can expect surprises in everything, from the choice of the cast to the storylines."

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