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Kona is an East African Telenovela where glitz and glamour meets grit and sweat; love and family confront betrayal and solitude; success and triumph are pitted against failure and desperation.

In a world where only the strong survive, where you’re only as good as your next move, where love and betrayal are interchangeable… we follow the world of the Oyanges, a family battling for survival after Richard Oyange, business tycoon, dies in a tragic car crash leaving behind a wife, Ayira (Muthoni Gathecha), two daughters; Pamela (Brenda Wairimu), Julia (Nini Wacera) and a son Wanjala (Lwanda Jawar).
When daughter, Julia Oyange (Nini Wacera) inherits her late dad’s pet project, a boxing gym, she decides to make it work for the benefit of the family. But Julia is trying to play in a man’s world and the men are not going to let her in that easily.

Julia turns to her adopted brother, Wanjala for help.
Wanjala (Lwanda Jawar) was once a boxing star who was accused of throwing a fight and lost all his fame and fortune in a scandal. Richard Oyange, believing the scandal, kicked Wanjala out of the family home. Wanjala gave up boxing and his life took a turn for the worse. Now Julia wants him back in the boxing world. But Wanjala is battling problems of his own, a sick daughter and a wife who wants nothing to do with him. He is also haunted by what happened in the last fight which he lost… the fight everyone accused him of throwing.

Can he successfully fight his demons and return to his hero status, lovingly dubbed Knock-Out Otieno? Can Julia manage to pull the gym back to its former glory despite the chauvinism that surrounds her? Against this backdrop lies the suspicious circumstances surrounding Richard’s death. His arch nemesis Abasi (Arabron O. Nnyneque) wants the gym and will do almost anything to get it. Was Richard really bankrupt? If not… where is the money?

MNet Africa Managing Director Biola Alabi said, “Kona is about dreams and goals. Despite the struggles we go through in our daily lives. Kona is a story that declares that everyone deserves a fighting chance. AfricaMagic is very committed to fulfilling its objective of promoting relevant local talent and at the same time, developing skills and creating jobs. Kona is evidence of this commitment."

From Monday 26th August 2013, catch the thrilling drama that is Kona that will keep you captivated with the twists and turns that will make Kona undoubtedly one of the most epic seasons of AfricaMagic to date.

Kona will air every Monday – Friday at 19:30 (EAT) on AfricaMagic Entertainment and Africa Magic. Exclusive to DStv and GOtv Plus.

News

How Lucy became Kona’s Sophia

Acting is special to me. You experience everything, you represent a subject and are a conduit of people’s dreams, claims Kona actress, Lucy Njaga.
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Kona catch up: Love and war

Someone has it in for Abasi. He has instructed his bodyguards to be extra vigilant at all times.
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Kona's Nini Wacera on Mashariki Mix

Tonight Mashariki Mix speaks to renowned actress Nini Wacera; she also plays the role of Julia on super-hot Telenovela Kona. Tune in at 21:00 to AfricaMagic Entertainment.
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Kona catch-up: Week 7

Things are moving swiftly in the Kona world. As mothers and daughters face off, unexpected friendships and alliances are formed.
Read More

Kona Catch-Up: Week 6

The Kona family expanded this week with the introduction of new characters. Will the newbies alter the lives of our old favourites? Only time will tell.
Read More

Interview: in the Kona ring with Simon

He's been in the performing arts and media industry for the last 14 years, Abubakar Mwenda is no stranger to acting. He talks to us about his acting career.
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Cleopatra Koheirwe on Mashariki Mix

Cleopatra Koheirwe will be on Mashariki Mix talking about her latest TV role on Kona as well as being an expectant mom.
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Kona Catch Up: Week 5

It was a week of changing fortunes and unexpected guests on Kona, but the idea of family remains at the heart of the drama and important lessons are being learnt all-round.
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Brenda on gravitating towards Kona role

Pamela is a young and feisty character played by Brenda Wairimu. She laughs and says she is slowly becoming the character she portrays.
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Fans share ideas on Kona Corner

Kona super fans shared thier opinions on the telenovela's most talked about pair, Wanjala and Wangui using the #KonaCorner.
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Lwanda Jawar

Actor turned model turned actor Lwanda Jawar is the main man on Kona – taking up the role of troubled boxer Wanjala. The former Mr Kenya is thriving in his renewed ambition as an actor.

His acting career started back in 2000 when he was cast in a theatre group and up until 2007; Lwanda found himself involved in several TV productions including Siri and Mnazi lane and a few musicals like Malaika and Phantom of the opera.

One of his big breaks came in a role on The First Grader, an initiative by the BBC and South African government. But it was his performance on local movie The Rugged Priest that had tongues wagging.

Lwanda also had a four year stint as a model between 2008 and 2011, appearing in several fashion magazines including coming second in Africa in his quest to become Mr World in 2010.

Here’s what this AMAA award nominee had to say about his role in Kona.

Lenny Juma

Lenny Juma, born 63 years ago, has had a colorful life in the entertainment industry, both in Africa and abroad. Turned professional actor in 1971, his first theatre project was with the “Inter African Theatre group”, where he was able to ply his trade as far as Japan and Europe.


Having featured in movies like The Tomb Raider II (Turkana elder), Indiana Jones Chronicles (witch doctor), National Geographic’s Banged Up Abroad (Colonel Bao) and the BBC’s Search for the Nile Lenny Juma also known as the 'guru', continues to demonstrate proficiency on and off screen with his good humored nature.

He is currently a Casting Director at Lenny J Casting Stable, Jimmy a boxing trainer at the gym.

Lenny Juma continues to do what he loves best and that is acting.



24 Apr: Episode 174

Wanjala walks into the gym and is caught off guard when he finds the gym set up for an interview.

Julia is becoming less and less of herself and embracing a new image and lifestyle.

Pamela is worried but Ayira is on a high, happy about the growing relationship between Koross and Julia. Julia enters surprising them with her outfit, a dress that that she formerly considered too ‘girly’ for herself.

When Julia goes on and on about the egg-basket, she inadvertently has a memory about her time in England. Ayira refuses to give her any more details about Julia’s stay in England but Pamela lets it slip out.
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23 Apr: Episode 173

Wanjala is surprised to find Julia cooking.

She seems to enjoy it because it relaxes her and is thrown when Wanjala reveals that this is very unlike her.

Wanjala has other plans for Julia and suggests accompanying for her first visit to the gym since the shooting.

Julia is clearly not up for such a visit.

Wanjala knows that he has pushed things too far too soon when he sees her reaction.
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22 Apr: Episode 172

A tensed up Julia enters the Oyange residence.

Ayira is fussing over Julia trying to give her a quick tour of the house.

The others notice that this tactic is doing nothing to calm Julia.

Ayira is hoping that being home will help Julia regain her memory.

Julia can’t handle the scrutiny and flees.

Wanjala offers a shoulder to her and helps to bring her some comfort. All Julia wants is to be herself again.
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21 Apr: Episode 171

Julia is going home despite her memory loss.

She is anxious about leaving her safe zone. Going home means she has to confront a life she can’t even remember.

Wanjala tries to reassure her that they will all be there for her but her fear is that they will try and go out of their way to make her remember.

Julia wonders what it is she doesn’t want to remember and asks about the shooting.
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18 Apr: Episode 170

Wangui is still a big part of Ayira’s life despite the impending divorce.

Ayira has had no time for the Charity and Wangui tries to brief her about what is going on but Ayira is distracted with worry about Julia.

Wangui steps in as a daughter and extends some comfort to Ayira.

Wangui is surprised to find that Ayira admires how she has been able to hold everything together despite her marriage coming to an end.
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17 Apr: Episode 169

Pamela and Wanjala discuss Ayira and her desperation to help Julia regain her memory.

Jimmy’s wives have all arrived for the meeting and there is speculation that he is taking on yet another wife.

They hardly wait for Binti to get a word in as they rant on and on about the kind of wife Jimmy has picked this time. Binti is relieved when Jimmy walks in.

They pester Jimmy about the reason their meeting and Jimmy reveals that he and Binti are back together.

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16 Apr: Episode 168

Binti is anxious about the meeting with the other wives and tries to get everything right for their visit.

Everyone is adjusting differently to Julia’s memory loss. Koross decides this is the opportunity to manipulate matters to his advantage. He charms his way with Julia and Julia can’t help but relax in his presence.

He communicates clearly that he is interested in her and has her laughing with his funny remarks despite her delicate condition.

Though he is genuinely worried about her, Koross doesn’t show it, helping Julia to relax which she has not been able to do with anyone else.
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15 Apr: Episode 167

Julia is finally awake.

Julia is finally awake but still doesn’t know who she is and looks at Wanjala as though he is a complete stranger.

Wanjala tries to get her to remember who he is but to no avail.

Julia grows more distressed and starts to panic. Wanjala tries to reassure her that all will be fine and he is forced to introduce himself to her.
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14 Apr: Episode 166

Wanjala keeps his vigil at Julia’s bedside.

An excited Wanjala fusses over Julia trying to anticipate what she might need.

It takes him a few moments to realize that Julia has no idea who she is and what happened.

He is completely thrown by it.
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11 Apr: Episode 165

Ayira keeps her vigil over Julia and is grateful for Binti’s support.

Thinking about the gym and all that has happened there, Ayira can’t help but think the gym is cursed and declares that it is time they got rid of it entirely.

It has brought nothing but sorrow to her family.

Wanjala is still battling with guilt about not saving Julia. He shares his guilt with Pamela and she tries to point out that he saved his wife and he couldn’t save them both.

Pamela tries to convince Wanjala that Julia will understand that he had to save Wangui.
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Kona 16 Apr: Wanjala's Worried About Julia

Wanjala is concerned about his upcoming fights and Julia not being there makes it difficult. Julia tells Wangui how special Wanjala is.

Kona 15 Apr: Julia's Finally Awake

Julia is finally awake but still doesn’t know who she is and looks at Wanjala as though he is a complete stranger. Wanjala tries to get her to remember who he is but to no avail.

Kona 10 Apr: It's All Too Much For Pamela

Pamela is struggling under the weight of everything her and the family is facing. Wanjala enters the gym for the first time after the shooting. He can’t help thinking of Frankie. He gets into the ring and starts to train.

Kona 07 Apr: Pamela Visits Richards Grave

Pamela makes her first trip to her father’s grave site. Wangui is now faced with the reality that Julia will always stand between her and Wanjala when she walks in to find Wanjala intimately caring for Julia.

Kona 01 Apr: Wanjala's Living Conditions Not Impressive

Uncle Kuria and Lewis pay Wanjala a visit at his shack. They are surprised at his living conditions and taunt him for not being worthy of Wangui.

Kona 27 Mar: Daddy Issues For Wanjala

Wanjala asks his mother for the truth concerning his biological father. Wanjala asks Julia what Abasi have over her.

Star Gist: Siyabonga Hadebe Interview

South African actor/comedian Siyabonga Hadebe talks about his acting career and how he chooses the roles.

Kona 25 Mar: Pamela & Simon Get Cozy

Mutisu gives Koross advice on mending things with Wanjala. Pamela and Simon have a lovely day but Pamela wonders what keeps holding Simon back.

Kona 20 Mar: Wanjala Rejects Wangui

Pamela walks in on Koross and Julia asleep on Julia’s bed. Wangui does her best to seduce Wanjala but he rejects her advances and leaves.

Kona 18 Mar: Wanjala Threatens Doctor

The doctor who drugged Wanjala is distressed and informs Abasi about Wanjala’s threats. A disappointed Julia is angry with Koross for trying to save her and the gym.

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Gallery: Kona launch in Nairobi

Kona is a proudly Kenyan daily drama where glitz and glamour meets grit and sweat; love and family confront betrayal and solitude; success and triumph are pitted again failure and degeneration.

Get to know your Kona characters

Kona is about dreams and goals. Despite the struggle of the journey, Kona is a story that declares that everyone deserves a fighting chance.

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How Lucy became Kona’s Sophia

Acting is special to me. You experience everything, you represent a subject and are a conduit of people’s dreams, claims Kona actress, Lucy Njaga.
Read More

Kona catch up: Love and war

Someone has it in for Abasi. He has instructed his bodyguards to be extra vigilant at all times.
Read More

Kona's Nini Wacera on Mashariki Mix

Tonight Mashariki Mix speaks to renowned actress Nini Wacera; she also plays the role of Julia on super-hot Telenovela Kona. Tune in at 21:00 to AfricaMagic Entertainment.
Read More

Kona catch-up: Week 7

Things are moving swiftly in the Kona world. As mothers and daughters face off, unexpected friendships and alliances are formed.
Read More

Kona Catch-Up: Week 6

The Kona family expanded this week with the introduction of new characters. Will the newbies alter the lives of our old favourites? Only time will tell.
Read More

Interview: in the Kona ring with Simon

He's been in the performing arts and media industry for the last 14 years, Abubakar Mwenda is no stranger to acting. He talks to us about his acting career.
Read More

Cleopatra Koheirwe on Mashariki Mix

Cleopatra Koheirwe will be on Mashariki Mix talking about her latest TV role on Kona as well as being an expectant mom.
Read More

Kona Catch Up: Week 5

It was a week of changing fortunes and unexpected guests on Kona, but the idea of family remains at the heart of the drama and important lessons are being learnt all-round.
Read More

Brenda on gravitating towards Kona role

Pamela is a young and feisty character played by Brenda Wairimu. She laughs and says she is slowly becoming the character she portrays.
Read More

Fans share ideas on Kona Corner

Kona super fans shared thier opinions on the telenovela's most talked about pair, Wanjala and Wangui using the #KonaCorner.
Read More

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