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.
18 Apr: Episode 170
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.
17 Apr: Episode 169
Jimmyâ€™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.
16 Apr: Episode 168
Everyone is adjusting differently to Juliaâ€™s memory loss. Koross decides this is the opportunity to manipulate matters to his advantage. He charms his way with Julia and Julia canâ€™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 doesnâ€™t show it, helping Julia to relax which she has not been able to do with anyone else.
15 Apr: Episode 167
Julia is finally awake but still doesnâ€™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.
14 Apr: Episode 166
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.
11 Apr: Episode 165
Thinking about the gym and all that has happened there, Ayira canâ€™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 couldnâ€™t save them both.
Pamela tries to convince Wanjala that Julia will understand that he had to save Wangui.
10 Apr: Episode 164
Wanjala enters the gym for the first time after the shooting. He canâ€™t help thinking of Frankie.
He gets into the ring and starts to train.
Jimmy finds him and joins him in the ring taking over as coach and walks him through the training.
Both struggle through their emotions as they do so.
09 Apr: Episode 163
Koross confesses that he thought only of self-preservation and the police taunt him, trying to rile him up, but it doesnâ€™t work.
08 Apr: Episode 162
Wanjala has been thinking about the shootout and trying to work out who could have planned such an attack. Talking to Ayira he is sure that Abasi was behind it all.
It must have been Abasiâ€™s revenge on them all for cutting him out of the fights.
07 Apr: Episode 161
The aftermath of the attack leaves Julia in a coma. A haunted Wanjala has not left her bedside since the attack.
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.
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