Tahidi High Stars Plan Reunion

  • The former cast members of Tahidi High Patrick Gatundu, Abel Mutua, Shirleen Wangari, Sarah Hassan and Dennis Mugo
    The former cast members of Tahidi High Patrick Gatundu, Abel Mutua, Shirleen Wangari, Sarah Hassan and Dennis Mugo
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  • For a long time, Kenyan media houses were not showing a lot of local content until Citizen TV changed the game with the premier of Tahidi High in 2006.

    The show quickly grabbed the attention of many Kenyans, becoming the most-watched show due to how relatable it was, showcasing the life of high school students. 

    Speaking to Kenyans.co.ke, actor Ashley Murugi who played the role of Ashley, hinted that the group was planning to do a reunion.

    Actors Abel Mutua and Dennis Mugo on set shooting a YouTube episode
    Actors Abel Mutua and Dennis Mugo on set shooting a YouTube episode
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    The plans were triggered by a conversation between Ashley, Abel Mutua (Freddie) Philip Karanja (Melvin) and Dennis Mugo (OJ) during a recent shoot in Embu County.

    Former Tahidi High cast members Shirleen Wangari, Kamau Kinuthia, Angel Waruinge and Philip Karanja
    Former Tahidi High cast members Shirleen Wangari, Kamau Kinuthia, Angel Waruinge and Philip Karanja
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    "We are planning a reunion which will be like a round table where we'll catch up and exchange notes on what we have been up to," Ashley stated.

    The show was a stepping stone for other young actors like Sarah Hassan (Tanya), Shirleen Wangari (Shish) Kamau Kinuthia (Omosh), Miss Morgan (Angel Waruinge), Patrick 'Tsyder' Gatundu (Tony), Emmanuel Mugo (Moses) and many others. 

    Since leaving the show, the creatives have gone on to scale up their work in the film industry, creating employment and opportunities for budding actors.

    Sarah Hassan delved into the silver screens, bagging the Best Lead Actress Award at the 2019 Kalasha Awards.

    Her boyfriend in the show, OJ, ventured into advertising, before returning to the film industry to help run Embu County Government Talent Academy. He also plans to start a YouTube Channel called OJ Flix, produced by Ashley, which is scheduled to premiere on Saturday, August 22.

    Ashley is currently the Deputy Director of the Governor's Press in Embu County, where she uses her networks to provide opportunities to young actors through the talent academy.

    Recently, she produced a short film, Vivian, which won Ksh 250,000 in President Uhuru Kenyatta's Ksh100 million stimulus package for the film industry. OJ was the director of the short film.

    Deputy Director of Governor's Press Ashley Murugi in a meeting with Kenya Film Commission officials
    Deputy Director of Governor's Press Ashley Murugi in a meeting with Kenya Film Commission officials
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    The film industry in Embu is expected to roar back to life after Governor Martin Wambora paid a courtesy call to the Kenya Film Commission CEO Timothy Owase to discuss areas of mutual interest and promotion of film and the creative industry.

    KFC and the County Government of Embu will partner through its talent academy to create a resource centre for film producers.

    The county government is planning to shoot a film titled Weru.The film will showcase the beauty that lies within the county such as the game reserve, 7 Fork Hydroelectric Power Plant and many more.

    Ashley has also produced Unseen Boyfriend in which she roped ex-Tahidi High Star Emmanuel Mugo as an assistant producer and 

    He also featured as an actor in Kina, MaEmpress, This is Life, and Sense 8

    Tony, who was also an actor in Tahidi High currently works at Uvoro TV  which is based in Embu. He played the role of Ashley's boyfriend in Unseen Boyfriend.

    Actor Emmanuel Mugo on the set of Sense 8
    Actor Emmanuel Mugo on the set of Sense 8
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