Who are the ‘Real Housewives of Nairobi?’
East Africa will finally have a taste of popular reality franchise The Real Housewives, after successful editions in Durban, Johannesburg, Cape Town, Lagos, and Abuja. Coming to Showmax on February 23 asThe Real Housewives of Nairobi,the streaming service may have struck reality TV gold, taking the show to different African countries and cementing continuity with more seasons.
With Real Housewives of Nairobi just around the corner, fans can count on the endless amounts of drama every Thursday. The reality TV show will follow the lavish lives of five women in Kenya drawn from media, entertainment, and entrepreneurship, orchestrating their own dynamic while observing the through-line and cues that have come to make the show an obsessive watch.
This East African iteration is produced by D&R Studios, and is part of The Real Housewives franchise licensed as a format by NBCUniversal Formats. Discover the cast members who will undoubtedly have our attention for weeks to come.
1. Susan Kaittany
An entrepreneur and owner of Posh Palace Hair Studio and Spa and Polished. The former beauty queen and world adventure lover whose business revolves around luxury lifestyle and beauty; fragrance and skin care is a lawyer and mother of two. In the show, she is the Posh Queen.
2. Minne Kariuki
She is the self-proclaimed Queen of Shade. Oozing an attitude bigger than life, the gorgeous actress and entrepreneur happen to be the youngest of the five housewives. She is sassy, bold and unapologetic about who she is. You must have spotted her in the TV drama series Single Kiasi.
3. Lisa Christoffersen
4. Sonal Maherali
You most probably have heard about Sonal Maherali, the luxury influencer, fashion collector and entrepreneur who established her niche through luxury vlogging in 2010.The mother of four has since founded Simba Maharani, a luxury clothing and shoe line. She is an advocate for mental health awareness.
5. Vera Sidika
The fifth housewife needs no introduction to Kenyan fans. Vera Sidika comes on the show with fans expecting her to exercise her ‘Queen Boss’ demeanour and dominate the drama, a factor she does not refute.
Sidika is married to singer Brown Mauzo. She is one of Kenya’s most talked about celebrities in Kenya. Alongside her entrepreneurial business, she has ventured into the Spa and Herbal Tea industries. She is also a musician.
“I received a phone call from the producer, Carol Ngunjiri, asking for a meeting. And of course, I was curious about what this meeting was about. When she told me it was about The Real Housewives of Nairobi, I laughed so hard at first because, first of all, I am nobody’s wife and I have never been a housewife. So I went for the meeting, and Carol convinced me that it was a reality show so it would also reflect who Lisa was, and the things that I am passionate about.
“And thinking about it, this is also like being an ambassador; I can show the world how beautiful Kenya is, and it is magical,” Lisa said when asked how she got an opportunity to join the show.
She added, “I have met incredible people, and I am very positively surprised about my fellow to cast members; we have developed a sisterhood. There is a beautiful camaraderie between us.
We live in a male-dominant society, and it is a beautiful opportunity for us strong women to reflect and show who we are, and be an inspiration to the youth.”
Indeed, the drama just got started. No scripting. No cutting.