The first Netflix’s African original Series “Queen Sono” dropped on February 28th and Kenya is proud to be part of this great history as Kenyan veteran actor Raymond Ofula appears in episode 3 (The Devil's Toys) of the series.
Meet the only Veteran Kenyan actor featured in Netflix’s first African original Queen Sono
Sauti Sol produced the official soundtrack to the Series
The ever charismatic Ofula plays the former President of Tanzania - President Magoro, an ally of Mandela during the struggle for liberation of Africa. In an attempt to uncover the truth about the death of her mother – the freedom fighter Safiya Sono, Thusi’s Queen Sono (while on an undercover mission as a journalist at the Nairobi Security Summit) enquires about President Magoro’s involvement in the transition period in South Africa after apartheid.
It’s a brief scene, not longer than five minutes but it gives us a glimpse of who Ofula’s character is – certainly molded from Mwalimu Julius Nyerere who speaks with wisdom and conviction only reserved for Africa’s founding fathers:
Official soundtrack by Sauti Sol
“We fought so that our children could have a better life. The struggle and our children were mutually linked. Now that the whole thing is spoilt, we have to find a way to make it right again for the people of this continent." Says Ofula in the series.
Other than the delightful appearance by Ofula, Queen Sono also features Kenya’s band Sauti Sol in collaboration with South Africa’s Sho Madjozi and Black Motion on its official soundtrack.
Watching Queen Sono you will also notice some brief shots of Uhuru Park and the beautiful Nairobi skyline when Queen’s espionage takes her to Kenya which also happens to be the residence of Russian oligarch and Queen Sono’s ass-kicking villain Ekaterina Gromov (South Africa’s Kate Liquorish).
In 2019, Ofula made an appearance in Netflix’s The Boy Who Harnessed The Wind alongside British actor Chiwetel Ejiofor, Kenyan actors Maxwell Simba, Robert Agengo (Kona), Melvin Alusa (Monica), Martin Githinji (Sue na Jonnie) and Eddie Mbugua (Socialites). He also featured the second instalment of the Angelina Jolie-led Lara Croft: Tomb Raider in 2003.
Queen Sono’s reception
Queen Sono; a South African crime drama web television series created by Kagiso Lediga has received generally positive reviews and is currently certified fresh with a 100% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
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