Iconic Kenyan TV show, Vioja Mahakamani could be on it’s death bed if a recent interview with one of it’s legendary cast members is to be believed.
In an interview with Daily Nation, veteran actress Lucy Wangui hinted of a dispute between her colleagues in “one local production and a local television station” despite a long association between the two parties.
Lucy whose face is synonymous with the TV show Vioja Mahakamani – where she plays the no-nonsense judge – did not mention names or give away the station.Lucy also went ham on the Kenyan government saying they are not doing enough to support the arts.
“You know in Kenya nowadays, if the President doesn’t speak, nobody else follows up. There is very little the government does to ensure we have the right environment to discharge our talents. Some of us have been entertaining Kenyans since the era’s of Mzee Jomo Kenyatta, Daniel arap Moi, Mwai Kibaki and Uhuru Kenyatta, but when you die as was the case with Mzee Ojwang’ (real name Benson Wanjau) people notice you are poor and have nothing,” Lucy said.
Lucy added that corporates are also not doing much to foster growth in the industry. She compares the Kenyan industry to the Nigerian one.
“And then there are the corporate; In Nigeria, the banks have done a great deal to promote the movies, and you can see how it has grown to become an international brand. Here in Kenya, no bank wants to invest in the industry, they don’t take as serious,” she said.
On the brighter side, the veteran actress said she plans to help nurture talents especially from the less privileged in the society.
“I have been visiting prisons and trying to do auditions to help see whom we can work with in future,” said Lucy.