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.
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, 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.
25 Jul: Episode 240
Wanjala wants to put everything on hold until Amani gets through the transplant.
Wangui thinks he can’t just take time out with the upcoming international fight.
Wanjala adamant feels like this is a final test for them as a family. Wangui is surprised that there is still an ‘us’.
24 Jul: Episode 239
Despite Jimmy’s confession, Masinde and Safari believe they need more to make a conclusive case.
Safari suggests they use Ayira to get a confession out of Abasi but Masinde is dead set against the idea.
His believes that they can get more if they offer Abasi a deal to turn on Walter. Safari is skeptical it will work.
23 Jul: Episode 238
Masinde asks Jimmy to confess and come clean about the past with Richard, Walter and Abasi so that they can bring Abasi and Walter down.
22 Jul: Episode 237
It’s the day for King’s funeral and Wangui concerned goes to Wanjala to offer her support.
21 Jul: Episode 236
Abasi is angry with Walter for arranging the death of King and accuses Walter for recklessness.
Walter is unperturbed and points out that Cobra is tied to Abasi and they will probably think that Abasi is behind the attack.
18 Jul: Episode 235
The cops struggle to keep the crowd back as Wanjala watches the doctor for hope that King is okay.
Ayira and the rest of the family watch both shocked and concerned.
Wanjala is aghast to learn that King is actually dead.
17 Jul: Episode 234
She still struggles to understand why Simon acted the way he did.
Abasi is careful not to reveal anything explaining that men do that sometimes. There is a bit of awkwardness between them as they navigate their new relationship.
Pamela gets to see a different side of Abasi when he states that all he wants is a chance to get to know her better.
16 Jul: Episode 233
Wanjala warns Julia about taking on Cobra, pointing out that he is not to be trusted.
Julia is confident that she can handle Cobra.
Wanjala is not too sure especially with Cobra’s past association with Abasi.
15 Jul: Episode 232
She is not entirely happy with the deal but sees the benefits it holds for Kona.
Julia proposes that there be an exhibition fight between Lucky and Cobra.
Patrick thinks Lucky will not like the idea since he is still pushing for a real fight.
Julia, thinking of the gym, stresses it is a sacrifice he has to make.
14 Jul: Episode 231
She thinks that is not a wise decision that he is forgoing the fight and urges him to take the fight.
Wanjala is angry and forced to share the land clause news to explain his actions.
He feels cornered by an impossible choice.
Julia stresses that they can go ahead with the fight as long as they make sure that Abasi does not find out about the clause.
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