The cast of Sue na Jonnie

2017 has been a triumphant year for Maisha Magic East (Channel 158), not only for providing a platform where local talent can be harnessed but also for taking a chance on young filmmakers by investing in local TV shows and films. The channel continued to reap the fruits of its labour at the 2017 Kalasha International Film and TV Awards held on Saturday, 9 December at the Crowne Plaza in Nairobi.

The gala event attended by the industry’s top talent including actors, directors, and producers among other esteemed guests saw Maisha Magic East’s Sue na Jonnie bag all the three awards it was nominated for, making it the second most awarded title of the night, after Mbithi Masya’s Kati Kati which scooped a total of six awards.

For all DStv Premium subscribers, Kati Kati is currently available for streaming on Showmax at no additional cost.

Winners like Sue na Jonnie’s Martin Githinji and Catherine Kamau, Hullabaloo Estate’s Peter Sankale and even the event host Maqbul Mohammed (Donovan in Varshita and Auntie Boss) lauded Maisha Magic East for its continued commitment to supporting the local industry.

Abel Mutua, the man behind hit shows The Real Househelps of Kawangware, Hullabaloo Estate and Sue na Jonnie expressed his gratitude saying: “We cannot talk about East Africa without mentioning Maisha Magic East. You have put us on the map, now a small production house in Kawangware and Kawaha Sukari has a fan base in Kampala and Dar es Salaam. I don’t know what you saw in us but keep seeing it.”

Speaking on the sidelines of the ceremony, Maisha Magic East Channel Head Margaret Mathore commended the Maisha Magic East team for setting the standards in both the production of high quality content and investment in local talent. “Maisha Magic East is the only channel in Kenya that airs 100 percent local content of original shows with unrivalled picture quality in the region. These awards clearly demonstrated that this year our Sh500million investment in promoting local content productions in Kenya is paying off.”

She further added, “MultiChoice is keen to growing Africa’s creative industries into vibrant, economic powerhouses and making great entertainment accessible to all. We also understand that entertainment is a powerful way to tell stories that open our minds by bringing people together around shared passions, and connect us to new realities. That’s why we will continue looking for the best entertainment to enrich the lives of our viewers.”

Others shows aired on the channel include The Ultimate Comic hosted by Churchill NdambukiMaza and Stori Yangu among others.

You can stream Maisha Magic East’s shows and movies on the go, anywhere, anytime on the DStv Now app on your smartphone or tablet or on your PC here.

And the winning titles on Maisha Magic East are:

1. Best Performance in a Comedy - Bilal Wanjau, Jela 5-Star

A prison like no other, Jela 5-Star airs every Monday at 17:00 EAT, which you can also stream on DStv Now.

2. Best Comedy - Hullabaloo Estate

Featuring some of Kenya’s top comedians like Makhoha, Olexander and Ondieki, tune in to Hullabaloo Estate S2 every Monday to Wednesday at 19:00 EAT. Also stream it on DStv Now.

3. Best TV drama – Sue na Jonnie

In a highly-contested category that included Maza, another show currently airing on Maisha Magic East, Sue na Jonnie emerged as the favourite among viewers.

Tune in to the new season of Sue na Jonnie from Monday to Wednesday at 14:30 EAT, which you can also stream on DStv Now.

4. Best Actress in a TV drama – Catherine Kamau

Catherine Kamau plays the titular Sue in Sue na Jonnie, a woman you should think twice about messing with.

5. Best Actor in a TV drama – Martin Githinji

How to Find a Husband alumnus Martin Githinji plays Jonnie, a hustler who takes on the identity of someone else then hires Sue (Catherine Kamau) to play his girlfriend.

Other winners of the night included Aisha, a Maisha Magic East original film featuring Joyce Maina. Aisha won Best Production Designer and Best Lighting Technician.