Kenya is typically known for having some of the most beautiful sunsets in the world with majestic creatures like a proud herd of elephants gliding quietly through long grasses midday. The East African nation is an amazing place that offers ethnic diversity and a beautiful and active culture, but there are also numerous challenges that often keep its people struggling. Still, Kenya is strong, modern, and, for the most part, a nation that keeps forging ahead.
Because of its paradise-like backdrops, TV and film companies enjoy capturing Kenyan people and places. Recently, young Kenyans have become especially captivated by reality television.
Is it all about Kenya imitating American culture?
Thanks to the incredible global popularity of the Kardashian family and their hit reality series, “Keeping Up With The Kardashians” which appeared on the scene ten years ago, reality television has seen increasing prominence in a number of countries. Since that time, Kim Kardashian and her family have acquired millions and the show has given birth to numerous other American-based reality TV shows, and Kenya is merely keeping up with the times and “Keeping up with the Kardashians.”
Fans praise these shows on social media and become enamored by certain reality TV personalities. For example, the very popular “Nairobi Diaries” is a Kenyan reality television series following the lives of nine wealthy socialites. TV viewers get to see these ladies living the glamorous life, but also see their struggles and disappointments. The show has been compared to America’s “Basketball Wives” and has its own spin on the luxe lifestyle and drama.
Men are also enamored by reality TV happenings with sensational shows like “Get In The Kitchen” which focuses on men cooking food for their families and its become the second-most popular show on the K24 network. Another K24 winner is “Young Rich,” the reality TV show that centers around successful Kenyans making their mark in the world and earning millions doing it. The increasing numbers of Kenyans demanding more local content or homemade shows highlights the genres ever growing popularity.
For many Kenyans, reality TV is an escape into a life of opulence even if only through the screen.