Netflix has announced that the full MTV Shuga library now is available for streaming on their digital platform. The pan-African series initially launched in Kenya, and has since expanded into Nigeria, South Africa and Cote D’Ivoire. The show’s success includes 2 seasons in Kenya, 4 in Nigeria, 2 in South Africa and 2 in Cote D’Ivoire; all of which are now available on Netflix.
MTV Shuga is a multiplatform edutainment campaign initiative from the MTV Staying Alive Foundation that has integrated pop culture, trending music and youthful storytelling to positively impact and change behaviors of young people for over a decade. A 2017 study by the World Bank proved that viewers of the television drama were twice as likely to test for HIV - while the show’s storylines, touching on HIV prevention, gender-based violence, safe sex and more, have educated a growing fanbase across the world since the show debuted in Kenya in 2009.
“We’re thrilled that Netflix is taking the full MTV Shuga series. Not only does it give the Netflix audience the chance to see some of the biggest actors across the continent – including Lupita Nyong’o and Thuso Mbedu – starring in several MTV Shuga series; but it also allows us to reach a brand new and wide audience with our proven behavior changing content for the continent’s youth”, said Georgia Arnold, Executive Director at MTV Staying Alive Foundation and Senior Vice President of Social Responsibility, at ViacomCBS Networks International.
Fan favourites and star power across the series include familiar Pan African talent from Kenya: Lupita Nyong’o (Ayira), Nick Mutuma (Leo); South Africa: Thuso Mbedu (Ipeleng), Mamarumo Marokane (Dineo), Ayanda Makayi (Sol); Nigeria: Tomiwa Tegbe (Wasiu), Jemima Osunde (Leila), Timini Egbuson (Tobi); Côte D’Ivoire: Ange Eric N'Guessan (Daniel), Soukeïna Koné (Rubi) and several other notable characters.