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From Kenya To Nigeria; MTV Shuga Is Now Down South!

BY STELLA WAAFRIKA




Popular MTV drama series, MTV Shuga is back for the fifth season! Yes!!! After four captivating not to mention powerful series under their belt, set across East and West Africa; this time around, the hit show features a predominantly South African cast including Thuso MbeduMohau Mokoatle CeleJezriel Skei, KwestaGiven StuurmanAyanda MakayiStephanie SandowsWinnie Ntshaba, Samkelisiwe Makhoba, Lerato Walaza and Phila Mazibuko along side Kenyan heartthrob Nick Mutuma (who has appeared in all series thus farand Nigerian Emmanuel Ifeanyi.  The television drama will also feature Tanzanian artist/presenter, Vanessa Mdee as well Seyi Shay and Adesua Etomi from Nigeria.

Titled MTV Shuga: Down South, the drama series is funded by South Africa’s Ministry of Basic Education, PEPFAR (The US President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief), Marie Stopes International and Positive Action.

During the launch announcement last year in New York, executive director and founder of MTV Staying Alive, Georgia Arnold, said that "MTV Shuga is moving to South Africa at a time when HIV prevalence is up to 8 times higher among adolescent girls than among adolescent males (15-19 years old) in South Africa. (UNAIDS 2015)."



"While the total number of AIDS-related deaths in all age groups fell by 35% between 2005 and 2013, AIDS-related deaths in adolescents increased by 50%. (Lancet Commission 2015)."
Don't miss the premiers on 8th March 2017 on MTV Base, Channel 322 on Dstv and BET channel 129 on Dstv.

I'm a big Shuga fan. It is so good to see this production around, current and still relevant because we can never have enough educational content pertaining to HIV/AIDS. That said, having watched all four seasons, I have to admit, the first two seasons set in Kenya still reign supreme. They had that thing! I'm looking forward to season five. I can't wait to see Thuso Mbedu doing what she dos best. She's something else. It is also refreshing to see Nick Mutuma still part of this great initiative. He's undoubtedly the breakaway star.

For the latest updates on the upcoming season refer to mtvshuga.com

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