Fans of PETE, a show which airs on Maisha Magic East had an opportunity to visit Funzi Island this past weekend. Funzi is located in the Indian Ocean and carries rich traditional Swahili heritage that lends PETE its authenticity.
The winners had an all-expense paid trip to the world of PETE where they interacted with the cast and crew and watched the live making of the show. Winners also got the full island experience which included a boat cruise followed by sundowners as well as an authentic island meal.
(TOP: Boat ride to Funzi island with the winners).
Channel Head Margaret Mathore said: “Maisha Magic is happy to offer its loyal DStv and GOtv viewers this exciting and rare opportunity to interact with the TV stars they love. These experiences give us a great opportunity to showcase the rich and authentic Kenyan culture to viewers of Maisha Magic East, as part of our commitment to remain rooted in this country. We are proud of the contribution we have made to grow the small local community in Funzi through this production. We continually aim to produce content that matters to our customers and being here today is a testament that we are serving up the right mix of content that people love into their hands and into their homes.”
Viewers of Pete got the opportunity to enter a competition that was run on the channel’s social media platform from August 20 to September 11, 2019. Part of the mechanics required viewers to answer questions based on the episodes that were being run on air.
PETE is a drama series in its second season that follows the fight by two brothers, Mbura (older brother) and Jasiri (younger brother), to attain the right to rule Funzi Island after the demise of their father Dalu. At the centre of this fight is the leadership tool, the ring (PETE). Also keen on getting their hands on the ring are the mermaids, who send their beautiful daughter, Safira, to fetch the ring that threatens to end the mermaid generation if they don’t claim it from the human race.
Jasiri finds himself entangled in a love triangle when he has both Safira and the village beauty Nuru brawling for his love. Safira forgets her objective of taking the ring in the first season and returning it to her family underwater. Jasiri has also lost the leadership and is now working to stabilize the economy of Funzi by reviving the quarry. Mbura conceded the quarry’s prime land in exchange for favours from an investor leaving Jasiri feeling the betrayal of the ruler and he seeks revenge for all the bad deeds by his elder brother. Mbura, though the ruler has no heir. He lost his first child with his maid Karembo, but she miscarred. Now married to Nimimi, Mbura manages to get her pregnant but things get thick when she is kidnapped. Mbura is now faced with a new fight to save his pregnant. The storm in the island also continues to brew… PETE!
PETE is a Swahili word meaning a ring. In the series, it denotes a circular or endless situation. This ring plays out metaphorically as a beacon of ultimate leadership competition, love, hatred and co-existence. PETE airs on weekdays Monday to Friday at 7.30pm daily on Maisha Magic East on DStv channel 158 and GOtv channel 4.
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