Love, Sex & Relationships: Shuga, Africa’s Risqué Drama, Has Finally Hit Asia!

1 December 2017

Shuga 101: Everything you need to know about Africa’s hit drama, now in Asia

An irresponsible teen mom, a predatory teacher, an ambitious hostess, a conflicted adolescent struggling to understand his identity, a neglected trophy wife, a pregnant schoolgirl, a possessive boyfriend, a ruthless entrepreneur – these are some of the faces of MTV Shuga, a ground-breaking series from Africa that you can now stream in full right here in Asia, for the first time.

This hard-hitting youth drama puts the spotlight on the ups and downs of love, sex, relationships, pregnancy and difficult choices that teens have to make.

Pioneered in Nairobi, Kenya in 2009, MTV Shuga follows the lives of young people on the African continent. Over five seasons, the drama has travelled from Kenya to Nigeria to South Africa and touched on numerous plotlines relating to HIV and safe sex, including HIV testing, stigma, living with HIV, mother to child transmission, gender-based violence and condom use.

The fifth season, called "Down South", is set in the homes, cafés, schools, parks and hangouts of Johannesburg, South Africa. With powerful storylines, relatable characters and a cast of talented actors and musicians, MTV Shuga: Down South makes its Asia debut on

The new season includes a focus on issues affecting young women, with a particular emphasis on their vulnerability to unintended pregnancy and HIV infection. Never one to shy away from difficult subjects, MTV Shuga features interweaving stories of heartbreak, love, betrayal and difficult life decisions. Other key plot points include transactional sex, cheating and issues affecting LGBT teens.

The characters and settings are African, but the issues are global and totally relatable. Bingewatch it out now, only at – all episodes are streaming for free!


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