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Kenya: TV Producer ‘Humbled’ By Lupita’s Big Up

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Yesterday, award-winning actress Lupita Ny’ong’o gave a big thumbs up to a Kenyan sitcom on her Instagram account.

The Oscar winner wrote, “Day off from#EclipsedPlay. Catching up on my guilty pleasure, The Real Househelps of Kawangware. #cantgetenough #swahilihilarity #sheng #ifonlyicouldtranslate #GodblessNjuguna #TRHK.”

The show that is on its eighth season is produced by comedian Abel Mutua, who commented on the post saying, “@lupitanyongo you have no idea how humbled we are as the #TRHK family. Keep up the support. God knows we need it.”

Speaking to Word Is, Abel said, “It hasn’t been easy making people laugh for eight seasons. Most people (TV producers) have been running away from sitcoms because it is not easy maintaining the momentum. Every year we work hard and every time there is an announcement of the Kalasha Award nominees, we miss it. We get disheartened.”

He added, “So, when someone like Lupita watches us and endorses the show and calls it hilarious, she gives us a reason not to quit but rather to soldier on.”

Abel said he found out about Lupita’s post when a member of the cast posted the screen-shot in one of the Whatsapp groups he is in. “At first I thought it was a parody account, but I went to the account and found it is her verified account. We are all so humbled by her big up.”

At the time of going to press, the post had more than 13,000 likes and over 400 comments.

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