Sunday, 21 August 2011


Upcoming production of Shuga: Love, Sex, Money has sent out a call to Kenyan youth to audition for two supporting roles. Auditions will be held on Saturday 27 August 2011 between 08:00 and 18:00 at Homeboyz Studios at Ambar House, Baricho Road in Nairobi. To be eligible to audition, you must be a Kenyan resident between the ages of 18 and 24 with good spoken English skills. No previous acting experience is necessary.

“We are looking for real and raw talent,” says Georgia Arnold, Executive Director, MTV Staying Alive Foundation, “Shuga: Love, Sex, Money is going to follow the pace set by Shuga. It’s going to be a hard-hitting drama about sex and relationships. With principle photography for Shuga just a few weeks away, and the TV show premiering across Africa in February 2012 – this could be a huge career boost for aspiring Kenyan thespians.”

“Among the judges will be MTV Creative Director, Tim Horwood, actress Lupita Nyong’o, who played the pivotal role of Ayira in Shuga, Alison Nguibini (Shuga series producer), and Jacqueline Achieng from HFG. Homeboyz’s DJ Hassan and Corine will keep the crowds entertained,” continues Arnold.
Audition places will be allocated on a first-come, first served basis. The judges will chose six finalists, whose fate will be decided by public voting at between 29 August and 4 September. The winners will be notified on 5 September.

The first series of Shuga was filmed in Kenya in August-September 2009 and 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 tales of characters Ayira (Lupita Nyong’o), Ty (Pepe Haze), Felix (Tumisho Masha), Violet (Sharon Olago), Skola (David Omwange), Sindi (Valerie Kimani), Leo (Nicholas Mutuma), Kennedy (Antony Mwangi) and Virginia (Eva Kanyang'onda).
Shuga: Love, Sex, Money starts filming in Kenya in September 2011 and will be broadcast around the world starting 14 February 2012.