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Real Housewives of Nairobi casting completed

Real Housewives of Nairobi casting completed

Kenyans might be familiar with the glamour of Real Housewives Of Atlanta cast ladies in sparkling gowns stretching out their arms holding onto a bright peach. They also know the complex plots that follow, from disagreements between the ladies to emerging issues in their careers and families.

It is typically juicy and captivating reality television. In the United States, the franchise show hosts several successful series aired on the Bravo network, and runs multiple series including the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, Real Housewives of New York, Orange County among others.

Local Reality TV fans will be thrilled to learn that something more relatable is coming closer home. After years of reports of the show, casting for the Real Housewives of Nairobi has finally been completed.

“Director In Heels Productions would like to announce that the casting of Real Housewives of Nairobi is complete. We cannot wait to unveil who the amazing housewives are. If you are a fan of the acclaimed Bravo franchise, be ready to enjoy a star-studded roller-coaster season of the newest addition of the real housewives family,” wrote the show’s executive producer Claire Ash Meadow on her social media handles.

In 2019, the production company behind the series, Director In Heels Productions aired a promotional clip on its YouTube Channel.

The 4 minute video was a quick dive onto the Nairobi affluent scene, shots of familiar highways and a glimpse at some of the would-be stars at their presumed auditions.

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In a pleasant similarity, the potential cast carry themselves with the same air of elegant pride and aloof success that the ones in the rest of the Real Housewives franchise do. The same way Real Housewives of Atlanta’s Nene Leakes portrays herself as unapologetically rich, we see popular luxury vlogger and entrepreneur Sonal Maherali give us a glimpse of her high- end home as well as a look at part of her designer collection.

Former miss Kenya Juliet Ochieng talks animatedly about why she loves Kenyan designer clothing.

“Kenyan designers make it perfect for you. And I don’t have to walk down the street and see someone else wearing what I’m wearing- I hate that!” says Ochieng.

The clip then cuts to Catherine Kariuki, a vlogger and image consultant who is popularly known as Fashionable Stepmom, as she giddily debates on her monologue about how high maintenance she is.

“To be honest, I like the good things in life- but not too much,” laughs Kariuki.

After the release on the pilot clip, renowned blogger Lucia Musau wrote how excited she was for a version of the reality franchise coming to Nairobi.

“I love reality TV, the Georgia peaches are my fav, in the Bravo family, then I love the drama, from Love and hip hop and Black Ink Crew.  Which got me thinking a couple of years back, we need a reality show in Kenya.  Looks like my wishes came true,” reads Musau’s 2019 blogpost.

According to Musau, The reality TV show follows as the new installment after the 19 different versions under Bravo’s “Real Housewives Franchise done in the U.S and Europe.

“The show cast will feature, vlogger Sonal Maherali, Blogger and vlogger, Fashionable step Mom and Former Miss Kenya and Singer Juliet Ochieng. Other casts members to be included are Samantha Verwood owner of Hostess company Samantha’s Choice, Farah Esmail, and  Milicent Mugadi. Milicent is an MCA and ex-Big Brother cast member. Farah is a lawyer and Bikini Athlete,” reads the blogpost in part.

The Standard has reached out to Director In Heels Productions for comment, more information to follow.

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