The Cast

The Main Cast

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Eddy Kimani (Louis Njoroge)

Mercy M. Mutisya (Jacinda)

Lorella Jowi (Counsellor Rose)

Martina Ayoro (Diana)

Tana Kioko (Sarah Obama)

Additional Cast Members

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Melvin Alusa (Policeman / CID)

Mercy Nyambura (Esther & housekeeper)

Isaac Kahiri (Heckler & Banana Hawker)

Lucy Njeri (Gladys & Naomi)

Margaret Waithera (Nina)

The Soundtrack

As a portrait of Nairobi, Tales of the Accidental City weaves in music by contemporary Kenyan musicians.

Juliani

Udulele John

Ngalah Oreyo

Akoth Jumadi

Mbogi Konnection

Kevin Munyi

Illustrations

Chief Nyamweya

Acknowledgments

I am immensely grateful to everyone who helped make
Tales of the Accidental City a reality.

The play would not have been possible without the original stories. I am eternally thankful to Sitawa Namwalie, Margaret Muthee and Kevin Mwachiro for allowing me to play with their characters and stories and to put them together in a newly imagined setting.

To the fantastic cast, thank you for your enthusiasm. You made it even better than I had imagined it!

To Sarah Mallia, our production coordinator. I couldn’t have done it without you. You are one in a million!

To Jacqueline Rance, our sound editor extraordinaire. She not only brought her years of experience to the table but also immense patience. And to Benjamin Kiplaglat our tech producer in Nairobi, thank you for holding my hand in the studio.

To Faith Musembi, for turning the play into a film. Coronavirus will not stop us!

To Matthew Swallow, a.k.a DJ Lasta, thanks for your passion for urban Kenyan music and for all the coordination work that you did. And to the fantastic musicians who allowed us to use their music to enrich the work – Juliani, Mbogi Konnection, Shaman Laika, Ngalah Oreyo, Akoth Jumadi and Kevin Munyi, asante sana.

To Chief Nyamweya, your illustrations always blow my mind, thank you!

A very special thanks to those, near and far, who read the play script during the various stages of development and offered invaluable advice: Aroji Otieno, Wakanyi Hoffman, Mumbi Kaigwa, Margaretta Wa Gacheru, Faith Oneya, Brian Ogola, Neema Bagamuhunda, Sitawa Namwalie and Margaret Muthee.

And last but not least, to Bodour al Qasimi and Dr. Robert Nantchouang and to your teams at the African Publishers Innovation Fund and African Culture Fund. You provided not only the money to make this possible but more importantly, you supported our vision to bring African literature to wider audiences through audio and performance. Shukran!

With love and gratitude,

Maïmouna

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Eddy Kimani
(Louis Njoroge)

Eddy wears several hats - a mental health campaigner, a professional TV/Film/Stage actor, TV/Radio broadcaster, businessman, a Master of Ceremonies, voice actor. He is a seasoned professional actor and his recent outing as an actor was on Broadway in New York together with the cast of Tinga Tinga the Musical. He has featured in numerous Stage/Film/Tv productions ranging from commercials, feature films, and TV series. He is a trained actor, both for stage and screen, with his most recent performance including Dream Child (Feature film), Lusala (Feature Film), Monica (TV series). Eddy also doubles as a voice actor for TV/Radio commercials/features/documentaries. When not acting, Eddy dedicates part of his time to advancing the conversation on mental health as a campaigner, focusing on life lessons and empowerment, especially for men and the youth.

Mercy M. Mutisy
(Jacinda)

Mercy lives in art. She is passionate about film, sound and words. Her exploits have seen her win an award in filmmaking, launch one of the funniest podcasts in Kenya and write for major Television series and Theatre shows. Mercy was part of the research and writing team in the Tom Mboya Show, courtesy of the Too Early for Birds team. She was also part of the stellar cast who put up an outstanding performance that left the audience thrilled and critics enthralled. Her writing skills have opened doors to different media houses in Kenya, where she has taken part in developing various TV shows such as Maempress and Andakava. Other than film and theatre, Mercy is curving a niche for herself in the music scene. Her vocals and song writing skills are beyond tip top as heard in her punny podcast, N.Y.O News. We can't wait to see what more she has in store for the world!

Lorella Jowi
(Counsellor Rose)

Lorella is the founder & producer of Filmic Media, a film & content production company as well as Film Link Africa; a network for the Film, TV & Theatre entertainment industry covering East Africa and beyond. She is also a voice over artist and casting director based in Nairobi. She speaks fluent English, Swahili and Luo.

As a voice over actor, she has worked on projects with FilmAid, Good News Productions International, StoryMoja among others. Her work in film has enabled her travel locally and internationally and earned recognition. LoJ’s documentary she produced, ‘The Sea Turtles of Lamu’ (2015), sent her to New York City to be awarded at the ‘Wildlife Conservation Film Festival’.

She worked as Casting Director on Oscar Nominated (2018), ‘WATU WOTE ‘, a short film by HMS-Hamburg Media School, which is based on the “Mandera Bus attack” which took place in Kenya in December of 2015. She was also involved, as a Production Manager, in the making of '18 Hours' film (2017), a story that advocates for change in the emergency medicare services and healthcare system in Kenya. Recently, her short film that she directed and produced, ‘Isolophobia’ was nominated for the ‘My Kenya My Story’ mobile film competition.

Martina Ayoro
(Diana)

Martina is a performing artist in theatre arts and film and a lover of art. She professionally began acting in 2016 with Jukwaa Arts Production where she has acted in over six stage plays, one of them which was performed at the Bagamoyo Festival in Tanzania, 2018. She has also worked with The Theatre Company of Kenya as an actress in a number of plays, including Tracking the scent of my mother by Muthoni Garland, which was performed at Kenya International Theatre Festival (KITFEST) 2018 in Nairobi. As a film student, she acted and was a production manager in her final year school project, Intoxicated. She is working on monologues that she personally writes as well as exploring the art of storytelling which she sometimes performs on Art Cocktail @jukwaaartproduction on Instagram as well as post them on her social media handles.

Tana Kioko
(Sarah Obama)

Tana is an International Baccalaureate graduate of St. Mary’s School, Nairobi with a diploma in Theatre arts. She is currently studying Film Production and Directing in United States University Africa. In 2020 Tana collaborated with V Open Mics studios for an online reading of Shakespeare’s work to celebrate his 200th year anniversary. Later on she partnered to create Bold Theatre Ke, an online platform that allows creatives to share their works through their participation in a live streamed festival and online theatre workshops in collaboration with theatre practitioners from Paraguay. Tana is the founder of Art Amaretto and Jikiji Folana Festival, live events that host actors, musicians, poets and visual artists. This fuels her passion of changing the perception that Kenyan’s have of the local creative industry, further contributing to the formation of a culture that is supportive of all those who wish to make a living from the subject. She is currently working as an administrative assistant for the regionally and internationally acclaimed artist Kioko Mwitiki at his art gallery based in Nairobi.

Melvin Alusa
(Policeman / CID)

Melvin is a professional Stage, Screen and Voice actor with over 15 years’ experience. He is based in Nairobi, although has been exposed to international performances in over 10 countries. His work onstage has been diverse, from straight plays, theatre musicals and dramatized poetry. Some of his work in these Genres include, Githaa by The Theatre Company, Silence is a Woman by renowned playwright Sitawa Namwalie , Alpha Beta – a two hander play among others. On film he’s been in several international movies including, The First Grader where he performed alongside Hollywood star Naomi Harris, and most recently Netflix hit The  Boy Who Harnessed the Wind. His work as a voice actor and director on radio drama Jongo love  has seen him land an Emmy nomination at the Cannes film festival. He speaks fluent English, Swahili, and Luhya

Mercy Nyambura
(Esther & housekeeper)

Mercy is a mother, an MC and actor. She started her acting career in 2013, at the Kenya Broadcasting Corporation (KBC), as a minor supporting character in Vioja Mahakamani. She has also been featured in Micii Ni Ndogo on Kameme TV and recently played a major supporting role in KBC’s Kenda Imani program which has been on air since 2016. She has also acted at the Nakuru Players Theatre and has done poetry performances.

Mercy was a member of an acting group known as 9-Finite Arts Society, directing and acting in stage plays at the Railways Hall. In 2017, she started her journey in the events field as an MC, working for major brands, including Tuskys Supermarket, Vision 2030, NIC Bank (now NCBA Bank), NG-CDF, SAFARICOM and Multichoice.

Isaac Kahiri
(Heckler & Banana Hawker)

Isaac  writes, sings and wrote his first novel, Duka in 2020. Tales of the Accidental City is his first experience acting. He is currently working as a screenwriter for the upcoming production company Tea With Wolves. He is an undergraduate student in Information Technology at Kenyatta University Digital School, and is a freelance technical and Cyber security engineer.

Lucy Njeri
(Gladys & Naomi)

Lucy is an actor and voice actor. She has with Heartstrings Kenya, and USIU Michezo Afrika. She is also the also co-founder of Talanta Yetu Kenya, a newly formed theatre group. She is an entrepreneur, with a background in Business Administration and is currently studying theatre arts & film at Kenyatta University.

Margaret Waithera
(Nina)

A recent high-school graduate, Margaret is a drama student at the Kenya National Theatre and has participated in the Helen O Grady theatre workshops. Tales of the Accidental City is her first acting experience.

Juliani

Juliani is an award-winning hip-hop artist, entrepreneur, ambassador, speaker and activist. He has over 16 years under his belt in the Kenyan and African hip-hop industry and is considered a pioneer within the industry. He has performed all over Kenya, Africa, Europe and the USA. His albums include Mtaa Mentality (2008); Pulpit Kwa Street (2011); Exponential Potential (2015); and Masterpiece (2020). In 2009 and 2010 he won the Groove Awards for Hip Hop Song of the Year and Album of the Year, and the Songwriter of the Year respectively. In 2011 he was awarded the Insyder CHAT award for Best Live Performer and in 2016 the Red Cross Kenya Community Service Award. He has previously been signed to Kijiji Records and Gatwitch Records. www.juliani.co.ke

Udulele John

Udulele John is a singer/songwriter and co-founder of Bengatronics, a music collective that blends traditional Benga and electronic music, a style that is currently sweeping across festivals in East Africa. Udu as most people call him, has also performed extensively as a solo acoustic performer around East Africa, including Uganda, Tanzania and Zanzibar. He is one of five composers currently scoring for Azymandios, a video game currently being developed by Secret Game Company (UK), which will be launched in 2021. He is a bassist and percussionist and has worked with a number of groups, including Mutinda, AbakiSimba Troupe and the Kaya Collective ensemble. https://soundcloud.com/udulele

Ngalah Oreyo

Ngalah Oreyo is a Kenyan Musician, producer and owner of production company Boxhouse Media. Born in Siaya County in Western Kenya, his family moved to Nairobi when he was a child. As a teenager, he teamed up with four of his friends in the slums of Mathare to start the award-winning group Yunasi. The group toured across the globe, performing at the Byron Bay Blues Fest in Australia; Indigo O2 Arena in the Uk: Ancien Belgique in Belgium, Sauti za Burasa festival in Zanzibar, amongst others. The group also won the BBC’s Next Big Thing awards in 2007. After many years of working with Yunasi, Ngalah Oreyo decided to go on a new adventure, experimenting with traditional and electronic music. Some of his releases include Gala Gala, Kwasa Kwasa, Abakoro ft King Koko Bee and Aye.
https://ngalahoreyo.bandcamp.com/album/aye

Akoth Jumadi

Akoth Jumadi is a Kenyan singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. Her music is eclectic, fusing different world genres with her African culture and experience, drawing out elements of taarab, jazz, soul, and folk music.
She has featured on multiple Kenyan platforms, including The Revolution Art hub, Poetry Slam Africa and Pawa 254. She has also headlined festivals around East Africa, including the Voices of the Lake festival in Kisumu; Nirvana Festival in Lutembe Beach-Uganda and played Kilifi New Year in Kenya. In 2019 she was nominated for the prestigious Cafe Ngoma Awards in the ‘Best New Artist’ category. Her highly anticipated debut EP ‘ERE Yo’ is set to be released 2020. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SG3glwA7b0I

Mbogi Konnection

Mbogi Konnection is a collective of six distinctive artists each representing a different region and richness of Nairobi City, Kenya. Their style of music can be defined as a flavorful fusion of urban sounds and traditional African rhythms, instruments and chants. The band was conceived at the Pawa 254 Art Hub in September 2018 and has been fine tuning their craft as artists’ ever since. The term Mbogi originates from a Kiswahili/ Sheng term meaning a group or a squad of people with uniform thought. Interestingly, in the traditional perspective, the term mbogi also means a series of interlinked train coaches. Therefore, as artists, Mbogi Konnection belive it is their role to use their music to awaken the consciousness of the youth and to instil a sense of social responsibility in them. Their music preaches love for self and love for our environment and other people. The band has hosted several events, including the #Yetu Concerts (1st & 2nd Edition) and Unganisha Festival (2 day festival). The band has been performed live at the Kilifi NYE Festival, Form Ni Gani and Mashujaa Festival among others. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h16aUghqxns&feature=youtu.be

Kevin Munyi

Kevin Munyi is a composer, performing artist, recording artist and instructor with over 15 years experience. In 2019 he featured in the New York Times as well as E.F.E (The Worlds Leading News Agency In Spanish). He has performed in both local and international platforms and has a distinction in Practical Performance from the London body ABRSM. As a self taught classical guitarist, he composes both classical and flamenco music as well as contemporary african music. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hj3ijxmrFiA

Chief Nyamweya

Chief Nyamweya is a self-educated artist whose work fuses storytelling, Illustration and animation to explore history, technology and creativity. He is currently the creative director and co-founder of Freehand Movement, an African visual arts and education studio that creates socially impactful content and experiences. In 2018, Chief graduated from the University of Nairobi with an LLB(Hons) degree and fully qualified as a chartered accountant before taking the unlikely decision to pursue a career as an artist. In 2016, he was awarded a scholarship by Google to attend Singularity University in San Francisco and in 2019, was listed on Business Daily Africa’s top 40 under 40 Men. The 35 year old father of one has since published the celebrated graphic novel Art of Unlearning (2019), subtitled how to discover your passion and share it. He is currently developing a trans media story Trust (2021) set in a near future fictional African nation known as Wahengaland, which finds a way to thrive without centralized authority.