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Nafsi, a new romantic drama starring Mumbi Maina, Catherine Kamau, Alex Mwakideu and Alfred Munyua, is set to premiere. Nafsi is Reuben Odanga’s directorial debut feature, a major shift from the Swahili telenovelas that he’s popularly known for such as Nira, Nuru, Saida and Selina, the last two which have won four three Kalasha Awards in the past. Odanga also wrote the film, which is a production of his company, Multan Production Limited.

Sharing his excitement about the film, Odanga described it as a “real and simple story” while also praising both Mumbi and Kate whom he directs for the first time for their performance. “Working with Mumbi was phenomenal; she bought into the vision and carried the story in a very personal way. Kate was just magical; after she auditioned, I knew she could do more than comedy, and she delivered.”

Speaking about her role, Mumbi, who makes a major comeback with this role, said that working with Odanga has been an adventure.  “He has a great vision and I appreciate that he is doing something different with this film.” Mumbi also revealed that Nafsi is a deeply moving story that touches on a sensitive topic that is rarely spoken about, not only in film but in African culture. “I’m honoured to be part of a project that will hopefully de-stigmatize and spark important conversations,” she said.

Her co-star Kate, who takes a major leap from comedy to drama with this role, described the project as a “a thought-provoking film” that she couldn’t pass on. “I was in pursuit of growth as an actor, and this was different for me. It’s what I needed.” Nafsi, which has already wrapped up production, also stars Raymond Ofula, Alex Khayo and first-timers: radio presenters Alex Mwakideu and Monique Bett, and singer Silaiyo.

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