One in a Million is the name of Kenya’s first ever locally produced sitcom. The debut of this new series was 8pm this past Wednesday June 3rd, 2015.
The MNET commissioned show is an intelligent comedy that has been well thought out and written cleverly to keep the viewers desire nothing but watching. The series premiers on Maisha Magic on Wednesday, 3rd June 2015 at 8 pm.
The new TV series revolves around the Bolos, a humble family of four consisting of Jacinta (Virginia Mando), Gidraff (Jim Were) and their two kids Riqo (Brian Ngaira) and Kabi (Valentine Kariuki). One lucky day, this family hits the jackpot and moves from their old, ran down hood Mchanganiwa, to their new four bed-roomed apartment in the suburbs. They however lose their furniture because of Mr. Bolo’s unpaid debts and are met by the unwelcoming care-taker/owner
Mr. Quentin. Will they fit in to their neighborhood? Tune in to find out….
Speaking at the launch event today, the producers of the show, Joyce Musoke of Cheese Pictures and Ken Oloo of Zindua said, “Through this show we have further explored our niche in producing comedies. After our first TV series, Briefcase Inc was received well by the market, we were inspired to create content with similar themes, but raise the bar by doing a sitcom.”
They added, “We’re excited about the opportunity this show has provided us to work with MNET and our own homegrown talent, right from the writers to the extremely talented cast and crew at Filamujuani.”
The launch was graced by Mr. Chris Foot, Chairman of the Kenya Film Commission. In his remarks, Mr. Foot congratulated the team announced that the Government was in the process of signing an MOU with Communications Authority of Kenya to agitate broadcasters run between 40% – 60% of local content. This is good news for producers because it will ensure a balance between creativity and commerce.”
Ken Oloo founder of Filamujuani and Zindua appreciated MNET for believing in the local artists and relaunching Maisha Magic East. “You have definitely shown your support to boost local productions. These local productions have created jobs and opportunities for many people. Some of these local productions employ over 50 people; that is a small sized enterprise.”
The One in a Million show was novel in numerous ways; in addition to being the first ever sitcom in Kenya, it also included a unique production crew which was mostly sourced from Filamujuani Foundation. Filamujuani invests in youth from disadvantaged backgrounds so that they can break into careers in film and television.
The show was written by Yafesi Musoke, a master at creating rib cracking – memorable characters like Ben of Briefcase Inc and now the Bolos of the One In a Million show. The cast selected is not only proficient but also brings to the show natural chemistry that makes it a must watch.
About the Producers
Cheese Pictures likes to think of itself as the happy production company, which is reflected by the nature of their productions such as Briefcase Inc. Run by Joyce & Yafesi Musoke, the firm has over 10 years experience and an award winning TV show – Briefcase Inc – that aired on KTN for almost a year before running on DSTV.
They draw inspiration from Victor Borge’s quote….
‘Laughter is the shortest distance between two people…’
Zindua is a social enterprise that was birthed by Filamujuani – an organization that trains young people from disadvantaged communities http://www.filamujuani.org) Founded 7 years ago with roots in California (USA) and Nairobi (Kenya), the team at Filamujuani saw the need to start a for-profit company that would tell compelling, rarely told stories and to tell those stories with newness.
The Key comprises of students of Filamujuani… an organization that trains young people from disadvantaged communities, in storytelling through film. We picked an efficient team of Sound directors, photography directors, operators, grips, production managers and editors from Filamujuani.
She is also an experienced drama teacher, director and producer. She plays Mrs Randall, a well meaning but slightly eccentric neighbor of the Bolos.
Curiously, the character Quentin is played by Quincy… That is because the writer hadn’t yet named the character when Quincy took on the role. He fit in to the role so well, it was difficult to imagine him named anything else. Quentin came closest, so Quentin it was.
When he isn’t terrorizing the Bolos on set, Quincy is a producer and director himself.
21 year old Brian plays Riqo. This being his first major screen role, he settles into his role with ease. He is also involved in professional theatre when not on the One in a Million set, and has his eye on an oscar before he turns 30.
You may remember her as a child actress from the hit series ‘Better Days’ back in 2006 where she played young ‘Shera’. She is passionate about her acting and has picked it up again, this time playing ‘Kabi Bolo’, a can’t-put-me-down daughter to the Bolos.
Jim has a wealth of experience in broadcast drama. His experience dates back to the early 80s where he acted, wrote and/or directed local productions such as Family Affairs, Play of the Week and Radio theatre. He also had roles in the films ‘Mississipi Masala’, ‘Eye of a Witness’ and ‘Indiana Jones’.
His more recent TV roles have been in Makutano Junction, Briefcase inc, and Siri. He now plays ‘Gidraff Bolo’ with comical finesse that can be attributed to his natural sense of humor and backed by years of experience. Jim loves Muhogo.
Virginia Mando is a natural comic. Her background and training is as a languages and religion teacher, but in recent years she has opted to rediscover her other passion – acting. She has played key roles in local productions and films such as ‘Beba Beba’, ‘Groove Theory’ and ‘Briefcase inc’.
When not on set, she mentors young women and is a great ambassador of healthy eating and nutrition. She plays ‘Jacinta Bolo’ in One in a Million.