Nigerian Music Stars join Cast of Shuga: Love, Sex, Money on Location in Nairobi

Nairobi/Lagos, 27 September 2011: Nigerian musicians Banky W and Wiz Kid are jetting off to Kenya this week to appear in Shuga: Love, Sex, Money, the critically acclaimed sex-and- relationships TV series brought to you by MTV Base, The Staying Alive Foundation, the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and The Partnership for an HIV-Free Generation.

Banky W and Wiz Kid will both play themselves in the series, performing during emotionally hard-hitting club scenes shot at luxury Nairobi hangout, Skylux Lounge.   Nigerian viewers will get the chance to see Wiz Kid and Banky W in action from 14 February 2012 when Shuga: Love; Sex; Money premieres on MTV channels around the world.

Joining Banky W and Wiz Kid in the series will be Kenyan singer Avril (Miss B’have) and cast members Sharon Olago (Violet), David Omwange (Skola), Nick Mutuma (Leo), Antony Mwangi (Kennedy) and Valerie Kimani (Sindi), Nick Ndeda (Angelo), Nancy Wanjiku (Baby), Brenda Wairimu (Dala), Edward Nyanaro (Rayban), Ikubese Emmanuel – a.k.a. 9Con – (Femi),
Christopher Otieno (Slim) and Wairugi Mutero (Njoki).

Shuga: Love; Sex; Money is directed by South African veteran director Teboho Mahlatsi and Lupita Nyong’o, who played the pivotal character of Ayira in the first series of Shuga. Nyong’o, an award-winning documentary maker and actress, returns on the other side of the camera as co-director and will also be making a brief cameo appearance in the series.

The first series of Shuga was filmed in Kenya in August-September 2009.  Starring a young cast of upcoming Kenyan actors and actresses, Shuga told a bitter-sweet tale of love, loss, sex, heartbreak and relationships, set in the clubs, bars, campuses and hangouts of contemporary Nairobi. With a raw and uncut view on the lives of sexually active young Kenyans, Shuga spot lit the risks associated with unprotected sex and the party-hard lifestyles of urban Kenyan youth, told through the interlinked characters and storylines.

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