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Monday, December 14, 2009

Shuga, An MTV Staying Alive Drama Set In Nairobi, Kenya



Written By: Staff Writer—If you haven’t heard about Shuga, the television drama that has Kenyans glued to their small screens, you can now watch the series online. While Shuga is part of a broader HIV prevention campaign, it is not your typical after school special. Following the lives of six college students living life on the fast lane, no topic is too taboo to explore on Shuga—love, sex, alcohol, and money are all a part of the students' risky behavior. Take a look for yourself by watching episode 1 of Shuga below:

Shuga Episode 1 from mtv staying alive on Vimeo.

Shuga is the brainchild of MTV’s award winning Staying Alive Campaign, which addresses sexual health within the context of national cultures and norms. Get more information at: igniteblog.staying-alive.org/category/kenya and watch the remaining episodes of Shuga at vimeo.com/tag:shuga.

MIMI Related Links: Healthy Sexual Lives For People Living With HIV, Better Sex Education Needed For African Adolescents

12 comments:

Anonymous said...

Thanks for sharing MIMI!!! LOVE YOU GUYS!!! Kudos to the campaign; really good work!!! I wish them the best.

honeybfly said...

To the Kenyans who read this post, I have a question. Is this an accurate depiction of modern day Nairobi or is it an American version of what Kenyan youth culture is about?

Anonymous said...

There are some hot men in this show. Good lawd!

cestmoi said...

LOL @ "Furahiday"

Anonymous said...

@honeybfly the series is as authentic as an equivalent American series about young adults. We are not all sleeping around and partying hard, that's all part of the dramatization that writers add to make the show interesting, but of course the issues that the show touches on are very real. It's time to be open about HIV so let's start talking instead of pretending that this isn't a problem that could affect anyone

Anonymous said...

hii series ni safi sana

mellie said...

Yes! I've been following the hype on FB and was wondering how those of us in the US would catch up. The message is spot on! I'm ready for more episodes.

mamiafrika said...

Their Swahili is so broken!!

Bumbo said...

If this is how folks are behaving, can we really be surprised at the rate of HIV/AIDS? I wish they explored the other methods of transmission, like sharing needles.

Anonymous said...

one episode and i'm hooked already! fab picture quality. how can i see this in the UK?

ngum

Shuga Fan said...

Take note, David Omwange is here to stay. Anyone know where I can get the soundtrack to Shuga?

Anonymous said...

@ mamiafrika, its more of street slang and colloquial swahili that the youth mainly speak in Nairobi.
I think the series is a snapshot of how the urban kenyan social scene may contribute to the spread of HIV. Kudos!