by Muthoni Kimani
September 17, 2020
Teke', is a locally produced crime, drama and action series and it's the new hot film in town. Movie lovers are in for what promises to be one of the biggest movie productions of the year.
The series launched last Saturday at Signature Auditorium in Western Heights, Nairobi. It's set on the wealthy and the less privileged, 'Teke' explores a world of pain, love, jealousy, deceit, greed and betrayal.
It stars a street kid Brian Kabugi as Benjamin Kibonge, who is trying to survive the harsh street conditions and George Mo (Patrick Mambo), who is working so hard to control and keep Teke to himself. Teke happens to be a fictional self-autonomous place in Kenya where all the drama takes place. The movie series, which is still under production by Ovotox Production Ltd, will have three seasons that will have 39 episodes, with each episode running for 40 to 45 minutes.
Erick Mdagaya, the creator of the movie, had this to say;
"Teke comes from Kiswahili slang word 'teke-teke' (faster faster). The idea behind 'Teke' is because everything is moving very fast in this setting. The series is trying to achieve an African story that has not been told to the world. Seventy per cent of young people's lives have been ruined by drugs and 'Teke' is trying to explore that. Everything is original in the story,"
He went ahead and added;
"It's time for African stories to be told to the rest of the world. Teke is an original Kenyan story that I believe the world will love. Our target is the global market and everything that we are doing with the story is to attract a global audience and we hope that Netflix will like our idea and take it as one of their series."
Kenya Film Classification (KFC) Chief Executive Timothy Owase had this to say at the event;
"We want to ensure that everybody involved in production is able to benefit from his or her work. As a commission, we are championing that film production becomes a full-time job and not a side hustle as it has been for some time."