The first episode of the second season of Ms President has today aired on KTN Home. The show which is the first of its kind aims at increasing women’s political representation and participation in Kenya.
After successfully going through the Ms President Leadership Academy that ran from 16th May to 26th May, the women will now compete for the title of Ms President. Media Focus on Africa created the Academy to expose the women to knowledge about how the country is run. This will allow them to contribute to the pool of competent women leaders in Kenya.
The topics, field visits and high profile networking events covered in the Academy should also help the contestants tackle the assignments given to them during the duration of the competition. They will use the experience and knowledge they attained to go further in the competition.
Competing for the title of Ms President this season will be the 49 successful candidates who were shortlisted from a pool of 320 who auditioned to join the show. In total there were 750 applicants for Ms President Season 2.
The show, produced in partnership with Dream Catcher Productions will air at KTN Home every Thursday at 8.00 pm to 9:00 pm. This season of the show will also air on 8 radio stations; 7 vernacular stations and 1 international station.
Every week, the women will be assigned tasks which they will tackle in groups or as individuals. These tasks will be formulated to test the women’s ability to handle matters to do with running a country. They will also seek to challenge the women to nurture their leadership capabilities.
At the end of every episode, some of the women will be eliminated until one woman is crowned Ms President and gets the prize of USD 200,000. The 1st runners up will receive USD 15,000 while the 2nd runners up will receive USD 10,000.
The second season of Ms President comes after a successful first season. Several Season 1 contestants have gone on to take up public service roles. They have also used their Ms President status to rally communities and take on local, national and even international leadership roles. The aim is to provide the same opportunity to another talented and passionate pool of women to continue to push for more women’s representation in leadership and governance