I have been eagerly waiting, and it is finally here. Pepeta is streaming on Showmax.
Its plot is loosely based on the real-life story of Harun ‘Rio’ Wathari. The series captures the dreams and realities of the youth in Kibera, known for churning out top football players in the country.
This Showmax original follows three intertwining stories. Junior is a 17-year-old talented footballer torn between the thrills of crime and the promises of soccer. Kepha is an unforgiving cop with a personal vendetta, determined to rid the streets of criminals. Biki is an ambitious football coach determined to get Junior and his friends scouted before the barrel of the gun cuts short their dreams.
Pepeta Premieres on Showmax
Featuring a predominantly young cast Pepeta stars Brahim Ouma (Famous) in his first-ever lead role as Junior. The cast also includes Malik Lemuel (Machachari), Dedan J. Onyango (The Real Househelps of Kawangware), Lwanda Jawar (Sense8), Avril Nyambura (MTV Shuga), Marrianne Nungo (Supa Modo).
Pepeta is produced by CJ3 Entertainment and directed by Vincent Mbaya (Country Queen, Chaguo). Damaris Irungu (Crime and Justice), Charles Ouda (Waiting Room, Makutano Junction) and Abigail Arunga (How to Find a Husband) wrote it.
“The first thing that attracted me to this story is that it’s based on real-life events. I was sold the moment I heard about it. Shoutout to Rio because it’s not easy to tell your life story and allow people to come in and show it to the world. It’s a very brave thing, and it’s an important story and I think what we’ve done on this show is going to shake the industry.” Director Vincent Mbaya.
Pepeta is the sixth Showmax Original in Kenya, building on the success of other Showmax Originals.
· Political thriller series County 49,
· Thriller series Igiza,
· Police procedural and legal drama Crime and Justice
· Drama series Single Kiasi
· Coming-of-age film Baba Twins.
Watch the teaser trailer here