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In February 2014, Wananchi-owned East African pay TV operator Zuku TV has commissioned an original, locally produced political drama series, State House.
A co-production between Wananchi Programming and Kenyan production company Awali Entertainment for the Zuku Entertainment channel – formerly Zuku Afrika, State House is a modern day political drama set in Nairobi’s presidential residence. The 12 x 30 minute series was made in the capital and features well-known East-African actors. Full story here:
Oscars: Directed by Steve McQueen, 12 Years a Slave also took home statuettes for best supporting actress (Lupita Nyong'o) and best adapted screenplay (John Ridley). 12 Years a Slave, set years before the Civil War, follows the story of Solomon Northup (Chiwetel Ejiofor), a free black man from upstate New York who is kidnapped and sold into slavery in the South. Subjected to the cruelty of one owner (Michael Fassbender), he finds kindness from another, as he struggles to survive and maintain his dignity. In the 12th year of the disheartening ordeal, a chance meeting with an abolitionist from Canada changes Solomon's life.
Since its Nov. 8 release in the U.S., the critically acclaimed film also has been a commercial success, generating more than $50 million at the domestic box office and $140 million worldwide. More here: