13 seasons ● 193 episodes ● 10 million+ viewers
The XYZ Show is a satire puppet show that is designed to address socio-political issues through comedy and satire, and is aimed at encouraging better political awareness among Kenyans, promoting democracy, good governance and transparency, and stimulating dialogue over conflict, while activating citizen participation.
In 13 seasons, the show has tackled a wide variety of issues including corruption and impunity in government, business and society; tribalism; transparency in government; gender and sexuality; and two general elections in Kenya (2013 and 2017).
By presenting political players as regular people with a mandate to carry out certain duties, and who must be held accountable to their mandate, the show promotes a culture of transparency and social tolerance, and encourages citizen participation in developing and protecting these qualities.
The show has gained popularity locally, and has been accessed by over 10 million people through television broadcasts, on the web, on transit buses in Nairobi, on community radio stations, as caller ring-back tones, and as part of related community outreach programs.
The series has been noted to influence the way in which viewers approach governance, politics and social issues; in 2013, an independent study conducted by Infotrak Research & Consulting also highlighted The XYZ Show’s impact as a watchdog, fearlessly putting Kenyan leaders in check.
Through The XYZ Show, Buni Media has made debate, interrogation and commentary about governance and public accountability more accessible to citizens through the use of an easy, interesting and light media format.
The XYZ Show has been awarded both in Kenya and beyond: 2019 Kalasha Award, Best TV Animation. 2013 Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards Best TV Series.
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