Sunday, 6 December 2009


A BBC Films was shot on location in Kenya two weekends ago and it predominately features the crème of Kenyan actors.
The movie, The First Grader follows the life of the late 84-year-old Kimani Nganga Maruge who attempted to take advantage of a government initiative to give free elementary school education for all. Initially denied access to go the school with his fellow first graders, Maruge eventually took the government on in court.
The heart-warming drama was shot on location at Matasya and our source says, “Initially Maruge’s role was to be played by Morgan Freeman, but due to logistics he was replaced by Oliver Litondo. And that’s not it, RnB crooner Neyo will also make an appearance, but that is yet to be confirmed.”

Pirates of the Caribbean, Dead Man’s Chest and Tomb Raider actress Naomie Harris is cast as Jane Obinchu she will act alongside Kenyan casts members like John Sibi-Okumu who plays the Chairman on board, Melvin Alusa plays Mr Njeri's Aide, poet and reality show contestant Cindy Ogana cast as the Rasta girl and Makutano Junction’s Ainea Ojiambo who plays the Educational Officer.

Another surprise actor, comedian Churchill plays the role of Masha, a matatu tout and DJ who has a string of relationships with some of the teachers in a local school. Speaking to Word is Churchill said, “The movie is basically trying to portray what happens in this country. I like the story line. It’s international. This movie is going to change cinematography in this country. I decided to take the role because in this industry, you need to build a healthy resume. I have to venture into these things and I’m seeing myself doing more movies in future.”