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 youâ€™re only as good as your next move, where love and betrayal are interchangeableâ€¦ 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 dadâ€™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 manâ€™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 lostâ€¦ 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 Richardâ€™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 notâ€¦ where is the money?
MNet Africa Managing Director Biola Alabi said, â€śKona 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 â€“ 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.
Hereâ€™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 â€śInter African Theatre groupâ€ť, 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 Geographicâ€™s Banged Up Abroad (Colonel Bao) and the BBCâ€™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.
11 Mar: Episode 142
Wangui is an emotional mess and Binti tries to offer her some support.
As they talk Wangui notices that Binti is aware of the feelings between Wanjala and Julia.
Wangui is angry and rants on about Wanjala and Julia engaging their feelings with no one the wiser.
Binti listens and assures Wangui that she is not alone but warns that she canâ€™t take to drinking again or she will be forced to involve Wanjala.
10 Mar: Episode 141
Wangui is cool and collected and wants to know how they will work out the separation.
They are both unable to keep the conversation civil and hit beneath the belt with their comments, trying hard to hurt each other. There is a cold war brewing between the two.
He is adamant that he is not the one who has been trying to kill Abasi.
He points out that he would have nothing to benefit by doing so. Abasi is not easily convinced. Walter wants them to go back to making money and getting rich rather than gunning for each other.
07 Mar: Episode 140
Julia and Ayira wake up to a surprise.
Ayira is worried that Pamela sold the apartment to get the car but Pamela assures them that she didnâ€™t. Julia is gob smacked and wants to know how she raised the money.
She surprises them by revealing that she has been putting some money aside and she was able to take a car loan to cover the deficit.
Julia is not entirely pleased with this.
06 Mar: Episode 139
Wangui and Wanjala try to act normal for Amaniâ€™s sake as they attempt to mask the tension between them. Wanjala brings up divorce, surprising Wangui.
Wanjala explains that there is no turning back from where they are now.
Abasi is frantic after the attempt on his life. He asks his bodyguards to be extra vigilant and to keep guard missing nothing.
He appoints Simon to be in charge of his security, guaranteeing him the right hand man position if he executes his duties properly.
05 Mar: Episode 138
Wangui arrives at Bintiâ€™s early in the morning in search of some milk.
Binti is acting a bit suspicious trying to get rid of Wangui only making Wangui more curious. Jimmy walks out and Wangui puts two and two together.
Binti is horrified that now everyone will know about her and Jimmy. Jimmy is unfazed and is in a happy place.
04 Mar: Episode 137
Walter points out that Abasi is messing with their business contract.
Abasi is unfazed and the two face off, each trying to overpower the other.
They are left at a standoff.
After Pamelaâ€™s confrontation with Ayira she is less interested in chasing after the safety deposit box and finding the key.
03 Mar: Episode 136
Wanjala is off his game after the confrontation between Wangui and Julia and his talk with Julia the night before.
Wanjala, frustrated, blows up and accuses her of focusing on his life rather than her own. He seems to hit closer to home than he is aware of.
Lucky is excited at the progress he is making with his training but he is discouraged by Jimmy who is not really into it.
28 Feb: Episode 135
Wanjala thinks she should take up Koross on his offer and not reject it on his behalf. Wanjala feels that Julia should do what is best for the gym. She is very surprised at his stand.
Mutisu wants to know if Jimmyâ€™s talk of going to the USA is a ploy to get Binti to realise her feelings for him and points out that it worked.
27 Feb: Episode 134
Wangui uses Julia to air her frustrations and their short lived truce comes to an end. Wangui is adamant that they can never be friends. Julia thinks Wangui should recognize that Wanjala loves her and points out that she can choose to work at her marriage.
Walter finally gets to meet up with Abasi and canâ€™t help revealing that Ayira is the one who sent him to check up on him.
Abasi is almost certain that it is Walter who tried to kill him but Walter reveals nothing, feigning innocence. Abasi is hell bent on proving that Walter was behind the attempt on his life.
26 Feb: Episode 133
Wanjala brings it up with Frankie and he is surprised that she supports the idea. She believes that the visit will do him good seeing that Amani inspires him.
She brushes aside his concerns about the tension between Wangui and him and points out that Amaniâ€™s interests come first.
Ayira pays Abasi a visit in the guise of checking up on Abasi but what she is really after is what he knows about the NGO.
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