RHONairobi: Introducing the queen of shade, Minne Kariuki

Article by The Editor
Posted: March 08, 2023  

Episode 3 of The Real Housewives of Nairobi that aired last Thursday was the funniest thus far. Housewife Minnie Kariuki stole the show with her one-liners. When she’s not breaking sponsors’ hearts and living that baby girl life as Mariah on Single Kiasi, Minne Kariuki gets busy with the construction business in Nairobi.

 Watch Minne Kariuki’s introduction video here:

 Minnie served everything, from fashion to shade. “I am serving shade; I’m the queen of shade!” she says.


We caught up with Minnie to try to find out what makes her tick:


Why did you want to be on The Real Housewives of Nairobi?

The opportunity just came knocking. I’m a very big fan of the franchise. I think a real housewife is not just the traditional housewife who stays at home. Housewives are women who are well empowered, very independent and very strong-headed. And I think I’m a good representation of that, so why not?


How does it feel to be part of the show and interact with the other housewives?

I’m very elated to be part of the show because I get to represent what Nairobi has to offer. Nairobi is diverse, and beautiful. The women of Nairobi are very strong, confident, bold, fashionable. And I think that is what you will see mostly on the show – our diversity as women and our personalities playing out on the show. I think it’s a fabulous opportunity for every woman who’s in it.


If you had to convince someone to watch The Real Housewives of Nairobi, what’s your elevator pitch?

The ladies have great personalities that are different and lovable. This franchise is all about personality and also lifestyle, and of course as The Real Housewives of Nairobi, we have the lifestyle, the fashion, we bring it all. This being the first franchise in East Africa, we also show what the region has to offer. Nairobi is such a beautiful and unique city to showcase – the only capital city in the world with a national park. And we are the lionesses.


Which housewife in other Real Housewives franchises do you think you’d be friends with?

Out of all the franchises in Africa, I think Nonku from The Real Housewives of Durban would be my very good friend, and Chioma from The Real Housewives of Lagos. I think these are women who just show exemplary strength, and say what they want to say. They don’t wear masks, they’re real, and that’s me. I just love Chioma for her fashion, and Nonku for her personality and realness. I think these two would be my besties. Oh, I also loved Ayanda (from The Real Housewives of Durban S1) too!


Are you going to be dishing drama or serving style on the show?

I am serving shade; I’m the queen of shade. I’m also serving drama and I bring all the fashion.


If you were to add one other Kenyan on the show, who would it be?

I would add my best friend Kanazie. She’s journeyed with me and she’s a very true friend. She’s met all the other girls, and they all love her. She’s my stylist on the show and I love her sense of style.


The Real Housewives of Nairobi airs every Thursday on Showmax



*Interview edited for clarity and brevity

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