MTV Shuga: Down South hits silver screen

BULAWAYO socialite, Gilmore Tee, has partnered African cinema giant Ster Kinekor for the screening of his drama series titled MTV Shuga: Down South in Bulawayo and Harare respectively.

BY SHARON SIBINDI

The first episode of the fifth season of the drama series that focuses on HIV and Aids was screened for free at Bulawayo’s Ster Kinekor on Saturday.

The MTV Shuga licensee-cum-Ster Kinekor brand ambassador, Gilmore Tee said the drama series will be screened for free on the big screen once every week for about three months.

“This is such a stirring partnership we have created with Ster Kinekor in spreading the HIV/AIDS message that MTV Shuga carries. Viewers in their numbers must be part of this edutainment drama series,” he said.

“One episode of MTV Shuga: Down South will be shown on a weekly basis at the Ster Kinekor 105 in Harare and Bulawayo branch. In with MTV Shuga’s free-to-air television distribution mandate, each episode will be screened free of charge for the audience.”

The MTV Staying Alive Foundation executive director and executive producer of the drama series, Georgia Arnold said they are happy that their production is being used in different media across the country and they are optimistic it will save its purpose to the audience.

“We know that MTV Shuga: Down South will make further strides in changing attitudes towards HIV and Aids prevention, use of contraception and other health and emotional issues relating to Zimbabwean youth,” he said.

“The much anticipated sixth season of MTV Shuga is currently under production in Nigeria and will feature performances from high-profile acting talent in the form of Rahama Sadau, Shawn Faqua, Yakubu Mohammed and Bolanle Olukanni,” he said.

“The MTV Shuga Naija will focus primarily on family planning, contraception, HIV prevention and sexual health education.”

Gilmore Tee said MTV Shuga: Down South was aired on 180 channels in 61 countries across the world with a combined household reach of over 720 million people.


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