SHUGA: A Story of Morning Afters and Sweet Departures (Season One and Two)


Shuga: Love, Sex, Money

“It’s the Story of bright lives, entwining and colliding. It’s the story of morning afters and sweet departures-and the indelible marks we leave on each other.


Shuga is a TV series that was first aired in November 2009 on MTV Base as part of an initiative duped MTV Staying Alive Ignite!. Set in Nairobi, Kenya, and back for a hotly anticipated second series, Shuga is a hard-hitting drama that follows the lives, loves and ambitions of a group of young people whose bright lives and fabulous futures are balanced on a knife edge due to their love of living dangerously. Season one comprised three episodes that followed the lives and love of a group of young students whose bright lives and fabulous future were balanced on a knife edge due to their love of risk and danger. This season told the story of a modern girl Ayira who knew what she wanted and how to get it. She developed passion with an older man at the expense of a longtime lover Ty. This season also highlighted the life of other two lovers Virginia and Leo who had various obstacles in their relationships but they were determined to make it work. This season also featured Cameo appearances of Madtraxx, P-Unit, Nonini, Nameless, Juliani, Jimmy Gate and Dj Adrian.

Also included in this post is  the entire season 2  of the series which follows up on the lessons learned in season one by returning cast members and new adventures and stories from new faces introduced in the series.  The experiences of the characters are real everyday occurrences which are relatable no matter where one comes from and as such, SHUGA makes for an exciting watch for national and international audiences. In honor of world  AIDS day, please share with a friend, a brother, a sister, a young person and help spread awareness  on the issue of HIV/AIDS.


Shuga Episode 1 from mtv staying alive on Vimeo.

Shuga Episode 2 from mtv staying alive on Vimeo.



Principal photography for the series took place in Kenya (Nairobi and Malindi) in August – September 2011. The title song for “Shuga: Love, Sex, Money” debuted on MTV Base (DStv Channel 322) on Tuesday 14 February 2012. Other artists that featured in the atmospheric soundtrack to Shuga: Love, Sex, Money included Camp Mulla, Flavour, P-Square, Wyre, STL, Madtraxx, J Martins, Sasha, Stella Mwangi and many others. Season two premiered on 10 February 2012 and it was an invite only affair at the Kenya National Museums which was attended by the Shuga Cast, MTV Executives, Kenya Government officials, MTV VJ Kule Ekirapa, MTV Rising Stars as well as a host of local and international media and music personalities. This season comprises six episodes which shall be followed by a one-hour synopsis episode. It is aired in Africa weekly on MTV Base (DStv Channel 322) from Tuesday 14 February 2012 at 21:30 CAT (20:30 WAT/22:30 EAT) and on a multiple other terrestrial broadcasters around the world. The storylines in this season are rape, transactional sex and homosexuality plus a bunch of other issues to be explored included HIV testing, stigma, condom use, gender inequity and the role of multiple concurrent partnerships in driving the HIV epidemic. This season also aired some gay scenes that were meant to tackle the HIV/AIDs spread among the gay people. According to Georgia Arnold the executive producer of the drama series, the actual plan had to be pulled back to avoid controversy since it was a delicate matter in Kenya.


Shuga: Love, Sex, Money – Episode 2

Shuga: Love, Sex, Money – Episode 3

Shuga: Love, Sex, Money – Episode 4

Shuga: Love, Sex, Money – Episode 5

Shuga: Love, Sex, Money – Episode 6