Nafsi, a new romantic drama starring Mumbi Maina (Sense8, The Matrix Resurrections), Catherine Kamau aka Kate Actress (Plan B, Sue na Jonnie) and Alfred Munyua (Crime and Justice, and Sense8), is coming soon.
When Aisha (Mumbi) is unable to conceive after a traumatic childhood experience, her best friend Shiko (Kate) offers to be her surrogate to help save her marriage, leading to a series of events that threaten their close bond and those around them.
Nafsi is Reuben Odanga’s directorial debut feature, a major shift from the Swahili telenovelas that he’s popularly known for such as Nira, Nuru, Saida and Selina, the last two which have won four Kalasha Awards in the past. Odanga also wrote the film, which is a production of his company, Multan Production.
Sharing his excitement about the film, Odanga described it as a “real and simple story” while also praising both Mumbi and Kate (whom he directs for the first time) for their performance. “Working with Mumbi was phenomenal; she bought into the vision and carried the story in a very personal way. Kate was just magical; after she auditioned, I knew she could do more than comedy, and she delivered.”
Speaking about her role, Mumbi, who makes a major comeback with this role, said that working with Odanga has been an adventure. “He has a great vision and I appreciate that he is doing something different with this film.”
Mumbi also revealed that Nafsi is a deeply moving story that touches on a sensitive topic that is rarely spoken about, not only in film but in African culture. “I’m honoured to be part of a project that will hopefully de-stigmatize and spark important conversations,” she said.
Her co-star Kate, who takes a major leap from comedy to drama with this role, described the project as a “a thought-provoking film” that she couldn’t pass on. “I was in pursuit of growth as an actor, and this was different for me. It’s what I needed.”
Nafsi, which has already wrapped up production, also stars Raymond Ofula (Monica, The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind); BET’s Top Actor Africa runner-up Alex Khayo (Watu Wote, Selina); and first-timers: radio presenter Alex Mwakideu, radio presenter and singer Monique Bett, and singer and former Kora Awards winner Silaiyo.
Multan Production is a film production company founded in 2009 and based in Nairobi, Kenya. The company has produced award-winning TV series and Swahili telenovelas such as Saida (Citizen TV), a Kalasha winner for the Best TV Drama 2014; Nira (Maisha Magic East); and are currently producing the hit Swahili telenovela Selina (Maisha Magic East & Showmax), a two-time Kalasha Awards winner for Best TV Drama in 2018 and 2019 and with more than 800 episodes. The firm thrives in telling stories through the camera while anchoring on quality, uniqueness and creativity.