The show’s first and second season was shot in Kenya before it headed to Nigeria. The success of the series saw it expand it’s characters to encompass Nigerian and South African stars for it’s third and fourth season.
Now on it’s fifth season, the show is said to head to South Africa.
“MTV Shuga is moving to South Africa at a time when HIV prevalence is up to 8 times higher among adolescent girls than among adolescent males (15-19 years old) in South Africa. (UNAIDS 2015). While the total number of AIDS-related deaths in all age groups fell by 35% between 2005 and 2013, AIDS-related deaths in adolescents increased by 50%. (Lancet Commission 2015).” commented MTV Shuga boss, Georgia Arnold, during it’s launch.
The next installment of MTV Shuga, starring South African actress Mohau Mokoatle (aka Bongi), is due to begin pre-production in September 2016.
The exciting return of MTV Shuga follows a newly released study that shows “MTV viewers are twice as likely to get tested for HIV”.