“Chaguo” Can Love Conquer all?
A cursory look at traditional and social media reveals how election year brings out the worst in Kenyans. From tribalism, to sexism, colorism and classism. All these negative isms are fuelled by self-seeking politicians who have mastered the divide and conquer tactic.
Historically, elections in Kenya have been marred by violence and destruction of social ties. I’ve personally witnessed long term friendships and relationships end because of political differences and it’s disheartening to say the least.
Art imitates life in Chaguo, a timely film that’s reflective of the season we’re in.
Set in an unnamed African country, Chaguo follows Wendo Juma and Mugeni Magero, a young engaged couple. They come from two different tribes and are a modern day African Romeo and Juliet. The two major tribes of our unnamed African country have been switching power between them since independence.
Mugeni comes from a wealthy family with a ruthless political legacy. Due to past political misdeeds by his family, Mugeni has tried to distance himself from politics as much as he can. Wendo is an apolitical PR manager who works for Mathew Kowa, a young political activist from a minority tribe who believes in a change in the political status quo. When Wendo joins Kowa’s campaign, it’s an ordinary job for her but then she starts to believe in the cause.
Trouble erupts as Kowa’s opponent in the fast approaching election is Njama Magero, Mugenis’s uncle. This inevitably leads to a rift between the couple and the two end up on opposite sides of the political divide.
As the battle becomes hard fought and dirty, Wendo struggles with the strain that working with Kowa has put on her family and Mugeni is haunted by his family’s political legacy and jealousy.
Will love conquer all? Find out: Chaguo premiers today, 9th June, at Prestige Cinema and will be available for public viewing soon.