Real Housewives of Lagos

Mzansi is loving the ‘Real Housewives of Lagos’! Image: Supplied

What to stream this Africa Month on Showmax

From ‘Real Housewives of Lagos’ to ‘Blind Ambition’ and ‘Single Kiasi’: Here’s what you can binge watch on Showmax this Africa Month.

Real Housewives of Lagos

Mzansi is loving the ‘Real Housewives of Lagos’! Image: Supplied

May is Africa month, a time when the continent commemorates the founding of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) in 1963. This pioneering moment made Africa the first continent to focus on continental unity through an organisation of this kind. 

Culturally, as South Africans, we’ve been historically fed more TV from Hollywood and Britain than the rest of Africa, but pan-African streamers like Showmax are changing this, making it easier than ever to explore our continent from the couch.

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Here’s a taste of what the rest of the continent is watching:


The Real Housewives of Lagos was the only title to crack the Showmax Most-Streamed of 2022 lists in Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria and South Africa, where it even topped the Twitter charts. 

The first Nigerian edition of the hit NBCUniversal Formats reality TV show franchise follows the opulent lives of six of the most glamorous women in Africa’s largest megacity: businesswoman Carolyna Hutchings, lawyer and luxury hair brand owner Chioma Ikokwu, Nollywood actress Iyabo Ojo, influencer Laura Ikeji-Kanu, PR expert Mariam Timmer, and celebrity stylist Toyin Lawani-Adebayo. In true Lagos style, they served up all the high fashion, luxury, drama, and power-moves that the franchise is known and loved for globally.

The Showmax Original is up for Best Television Series at the 2023 Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards, as well as Best Cinematographer, Lighting Designer and Costume Designer.

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Nominated for Best Television Series at this weekend’s AMVCAs, Single Kiasi follows three women in Nairobi – Sintamei, Mariah and Rebecca – as they go through the ups and downs of marriage, relationships, and their careers. Even when their worlds crumble, they will always have each other.

A Showmax number one in Kenya, which also charted in South Africa, Single Kiasi is one of the two Kenyan nominees for Best Series at the 2023 AMVCAs, alongside political thriller County 49.

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The inspiring story of four Zimbabwean refugees who conquered the odds to become top South African sommeliers, the heartwarming documentary film Blind Ambition won the Audience Award at the Tribeca and Sydney film festivals, among others. 

Forming Zimbabwe’s first-ever wine tasting team, the four set their sights on the coveted title of World Wine Tasting Champions and, from the moment they arrive in France to compete, this team of mavericks turns an establishment of privilege and tradition on its head.

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Other African hits on Showmax nominated at this weekend’s AMVCAs include Zambia’s Uncle Limbani, up for Best Comedy, and Mpali, up for Best Telenovela, as well as Tanzania’s Huba, up for Best Telenovela, and Pazia, up for Best Drama, not to mention Uganda’s Prestige, up for Best Telenovela.