Stars Behind Kenya's 7 Biggest TV Shows

  • From left, Jeff Koinange, Monica Kiragu and Terryanne Chebet strike a pose.
    From left, Jeff Koinange, Monica Kiragu and Terryanne Chebet strike a pose.
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  • For every Batman, there's a Robin, the Ying to the Yang if you prefer. This is the same when it comes to Kenya's biggest TV shows in terms of viewership.

    It's very easy to be in awe of the people that are on our screens every other day, strutting their stuff with such poise and character. Their slick suits and stylish outfits give them an aura of invincibility.

    As the audience, these are the faces we see and some idolise every day, without much to regard to their 'Robins', the wind beneath their sky-high sails, the extra-ordinary people behind the scenes that create the magic that is broadcasted to millions of loyal fans.

    Churchill Show Producer Lenny Kitili
    Churchill Show Producer Lenny Kitili.
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    Here's a list of the producers behind Kenya's 7 biggest TV shows

    Churchill Show - Produced by Lenny Kitili

    Mwalimu Churchill's record-breaking comedy show is put together by a soft-spoken Lenny.

    He is in charge of the entire team and determines what goes where and what time. His attention to detail and leadership abilities has seen the show scale heights most only dream of, with over 1.3 million subscribers on YouTube.

    "It takes dedication, teamwork, commitment and a lot of logistics," Lenny responded when quizzed on how he does it during a rare interview back in February.

    JKL Show - Producer Monica Kiragu

    Confident, hardworking, a go-getter, are just some of the many adjectives you could use to define the silent genius behind Jeff Koinange's larger than life persona.

    She is the real 'OG' when it comes to Kenya's media industry, having started out at the Kenya Broadcasting Corporation (KBC) back in 2002, before joining Citizen TV in 2012.

    Citizen TV's Victoria Rubadiri (Left) and Monica Kiragu strike a pose in studio on December 2, 2019.
    Citizen TV's Victoria Rubadiri (Left) and Monica Kiragu strike a pose in studio on December 2, 2019.
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    Her experience in the game shows in the quality of her production which pays a lot of attention to detail.

    "It is a balancing act with a lot of moving pieces and you have to always be on your toes," she once disclosed during a past interview.

    Wicked Edition & The Trend Show - Producer Kevin Gitau

    An electronics media guru, Gitau has been working his magic behind the scenes at NTV.

    Working in tandem with the hilarious Dr King'ori as well as Larry Madowo during his time as the lead host of The Trend show, the gifted producer has a wealth of knowledge in his arsenal.

    "Working with Dr Kingori on The Trend and on The Wicked Edition really helps because we understand each other’s working technics and therefore work better and faster together," he revealed during a past interview.

    NTV Producer Kevin Gitau.
    NTV Producer Kevin Gitau.
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    He also confessed to relishing the challenge that comes with crafting material that is supposed to be exciting, informative, controversial or basically just fun for the target audience.

    Maria - Producers Rashid Abdalla and Lulu Hassan

    The media power couple needs little introduction, neither does their TV drama series Maria, having captured the hearts and minds of a huge chunk of the country.

    You will struggle to find anyone across the country who hasn't heard of the show, whose popularity has grown so much that its theme song is now available as a ringtone.

    Rashid and his wife Lulu are the duo behind the magic.

    Lulu Hassan (Left) and her husband Rashid Abdalla share a light moment. December 14, 2019.
    Lulu Hassan (Left) and her husband Rashid Abdalla share a light moment. December 14, 2019.
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    "If you look at the response on our shows, what stands out is how different we are from other production companies. We heavily invest in our stories," Lulu Hassan exclusively informed Kenyans.co.ke on October 22, 2019.

    There exists a total of over 50 Facebook groups and a similar number of WhatsApp groups about Maria. 

    Upclose with Betty Kyalo - Sarah Mwangi

    The effervescent and bubbly presenter has Sarah to thank for her hit-show Upclose With Betty.

    Having worked with Betty for the last four years, the energetic and gifted producer has played a crucial role in the anchor's media career.

    Speaking to Kenyans.co.ke, Sarah revealed how their work relationship naturally morphed into friendship, which has played a key role in Betty's success in the media stage.

    From left: K24 TV news anchor Betty Kyallo, sports personality and journalist Carol Radull, and Sarah Mwangi pose for a photo at Radull's home on March 19, 2020.
    From left: K24 TV news anchor Betty Kyallo, sports personality and journalist Carol Radull, and Sarah Mwangi pose for a photo at Radull's home on March 19, 2020.
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    “It has been fun working together because we are friends and have a similar way of thinking. I know a good guest when I see one and she knows how to bring the best out of the guest,” Sarah intimated. 

    10 Over 10 - Producer Alex Murungi

    The genius behind Willis Raburu's show has managed to maintain as lowkey a status as is humanly possible in the modern age.

    He values his privacy above all and prefers to express his creative ingenuity without as much as a single digital footprint.

    His only presence online is actually a photo posted by Willis back in January 2019, in which the duo posed with Royal Media Services group Managing Director Wachira Waruru, as Jeff Koinange captured a selfie.

    The show has grown in leaps and bounds over the years, with show host Willis a household name. To dare is to do and these two have cracked the code when it comes to creating a show that pushes boundaries.

    From Left, Jeff Koinange, Royal Media Services Group Managing Director Wachira Waruru, Citizen TV Presenter Willis Raburu and Senior Creative Producer Alex Murungi. January 29, 2019.
    From Left, Jeff Koinange, Royal Media Services Group Managing Director Wachira Waruru, Citizen TV Presenter Willis Raburu and Senior Creative Producer Alex Murungi. January 29, 2019.
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