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COUNTRY QUEEN is a family drama series set in contemporary Kenya that centres on Akisa, a Nairobi IT girl estranged from her family and village, Tsilanga. When her father falls ill, Akisa returns to a community divided after a mining company discovers gold on their land.
This is a David vs Goliath story that pits ordinary Kenyans against a large power that threatens to destroy their homes. The issues of land grabbing and exploitation form the tapestry against which the fractured personal lives and relationships of our main characters play out. The fight for land becomes a fight for redemption, truth and facing the consequences of one’s own choices.
I initially joined the COUNTRY QUEEN project as one of the creators and screenwriters. After developing the pilot, the Country Queen team suggested that we, the creators, take up more active roles on set. I chose to be a 3rd Assistant Director as I enjoy coordinating sets and making sure the many pieces fall in place. I also got a chance to edit the official 'Behind The Scenes' Video which will be released later this year. These were all very rewarding jobs that I was grateful to have taken part in.
COUNTRY QUEEN was created in 2017 by a writers’ room comprising 10 Kenyan creatives under the guidance of Good Karma Fiction GmbH, Germany. I was one of 10 writers that underwent a series of workshops run by Brazilian Telenovela specialists James McSill & Carla Böhler.
The project was funded by the Federal German Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, Deutsche Welle Akademie and GLS Future Foundation for Development.
The COUNTRY QUEEN pilot episode is yet to premiere. The series is currently being shopped to different broadcast companies for a first season to be ordered.
To learn more about the COUNTRY QUEEN TV series, visit the website: www.countryqueen.tv