Shanah Manjeru, 4 Kenyan Teens to Host Show Sponsored by Disney

  • Shanah Manjeru at the AFRIMA Awards in Lagos, Nigeria on November 22, 2021.
    Shanah Manjeru at the AFRIMA Awards in Lagos, Nigeria on November 22, 2021.
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  • Kenyan teen sensation Shanah Manjeru has been tapped to host an upcoming show sponsored by the Walt Disney Company alongside four other teens.

    In a statement, the producers of the show titled Team Sayari noted that it is slated to hit African screens beginning Saturday, September 24.

    The show is aimed at inspiring meaningful, impactful behavioural change in young viewers across the continent and create the next generation of environmental conservation leaders.

    Manjeru will co-host the show with Mysha Hodson (13), Marita Lucas (12), Railey Mwai (10) and Adarsh Nagda (12) who are all based in Nairobi.

    Shanah Serena Manjeru, Railey Mugo Mwai, Mysha Hodson, Adarsh Nagda, Marita Nyambura Lucas filming for Disney's new show.
    Shanah Serena Manjeru, Railey Mugo Mwai, Mysha Hodson, Adarsh Nagda, Marita Nyambura Lucas filming for Disney's new show.
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    The hosts will then be linked to field presenters that travel to East, West and South Africa to explore intriguing facets of the environment, interview experts on the ground and learn what is needed to protect and conserve our natural world.

    "Each episode begins with a DNA-inspired computer named Funzi giving our young presenters missions to complete. This sets the scene for adventurous journeys, in which the wonders of the natural world, and the need to live more lightly on the planet, are revealed.

    "On their travels, Team Sayari will meet National Geographic Explorers and trailblazers in the fields of conservation, science, nature, wildlife and the environment, learning valuable lessons regarding how to reduce their impact, protect and restore nature in a fun way," read the statement in part.

    The project is a collaboration by Disney, National Geographic, USAID, the U.S. State Department and WildlifeDirect.

    Christine Service, General Manager of The Walt Disney Company Africa, noted that the team was driven by the angst to educate the world and in turn make the masses care deeply about the environment.

    “At National Geographic, we believe that when people understand the world better, they care more deeply for it. National Geographic has been igniting the explorer in all of us for 133 years, and Team Sayari is a bright example of this mission and purpose.

    "We cannot wait for viewers across the continent to share in this engaging and entertaining local series, with a hope that it will help develop them into a passionate community of young explorers, inspired to learn about the world in which they live and strive to protect it," she explained.

    The series is produced by Kenyan production company White Rhino Films with the aim to celebrate the environment and raise awareness of conservation.

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