Secrets and lies, crossed wires and broken dreams are at the heart of Season 3 of Shuga, set in Nigeria for the first time, after two seasons based in Nairobi.
The truth is: in Shuga, nearly everyone's keeping something hidden from those they love – from their family, their girlfriend, their boyfriend, their lover, their best friend, their husband, but perhaps most of all: themselves...
But what exactly are they hiding? Their hopes and dreams? A secret passion for an old friend? A reckless encounter with a clandestine lover? An unwanted pregnancy? Their HIV status? A private sorrow? A broken heart? The real source of those expensive gifts? Or what really happens between husband and wife behind closed doors?
Set against the clubs, bars and student hangouts of Lagos, Shuga relates a bitter-sweet tale of love, betrayal, relationships and miscommunication among the youth of contemporary Lagos.
Along the way we follow the interlinking stories of DJ wannabe Foye, her music promoter boyfriend Ekene, their old friend Femi (Emmanuel Ikubese reprising his role from Shuga: Love, Sex, Money), club owner Sade and her rebellious son Weki, mercenary student Sophie and her precocious young sister, Princess, medical student David and his room-mate Tobi, young marrieds Nii and Malaika, and ruthless businessman Solomon and his sleazy associate, Osaro, as they navigate the alluring yet hazard-strewn landscape of love, passion, sex, temptation, relationships, growing up, and learning to be a responsible adult in contemporary Africa.
Fusing sexual health messaging with gripping storylines, Shuga aims to raise awareness among young people about HIV prevention and reproductive health in Nigeria, as well as other public health issues affecting them including living with HIV; disclosing your status; getting tested; condom use; gender based violence; gender equality; women's empowerment; family planning; pregnancy; transactional sex; multiple concurrent partners; stigma and discrimination of people living with HIV; and parent/child communication.
Written by Kemi Adesoye, Tunde Aladese, Omotunde Akiode, Ayoade Adeyanju, Victor Sanchez and Biyi Bandele, and directed by Biyi Bandele, Shuga stars Maria Okanrende, Tiwa Savage, Okezie Morro, Chris Attoh, Ikubese Emmanuel Ifeanyi, Nick Mutuma, Dorcas Shola Fapson, Leonora Okine, Sharon Ezeamaka, Timini Egbuson, Kachi Nnochiri, Olumide Oworu, Owumi Ugbeye, Sani Mu'azu, Bikiya Graham-Douglas, KC Ejelonu, Efa Iwara, Silo Emem Bankole and Charles Ukpong.
Ice Prince, Iyanya and MTV VJ Ehis Okoeguale make cameo appearances in the series. The title track for the series, "Sweet Like Shuga", was written and produced by Del B in collaboration with Nigerian artists Flavour, Sound Sultan, Chidinma, Kcee and South African kwaito star Professor.
The series is produced by Bomb.
Season 3 Cast
Tiwa Savage ... Sade
Ikubese Emmanuel Ifeanyi... Femi (as Emmanuel Ikubese)
Okezie Morro ... Ekene
Maria Okanrende ... Foye
Dorcas Shola Fapson ... Sophie
Timini Egbuson ... Tobi
Efa Iwara ... David
Sharon Ezeamaka ... Princess
Kachi Nnochiri ... Osaro
Sani Mu'azu ... Solomon
Recurring / Guests
Shaffy Bello-Akinrimisi ... Foye's Mother
Enitan Akanni ... Girl Driver
Cynthia Chika Okeke ... Girl passenger
Amos Olutokun ... Femi's Houseboy
Charles Ukpong ... Lecturer
Iyanya ... Iyanya (Iyanya Mbuk)
Dolapo Gregory Azeez ... Party Girl
Okoeguale Ehizojie B ... M.C.
Peter Amos ... Badoo Bouncer
Nature Obi ... Badoo Bouncer
Emmanuel Usip ... Pharmacist
Leonora Okine ... Malaika
Chris Attoh ... Nii
Chinonso Young ... Receptionist
KC Ejelonu ... HIV Counselor 1
Bikiya Graham Douglas ... HIV Counselor 2
Treasures Uchegbu ... HIV Test Nurse
Olumide Oworu ... Weki (as Olumide "Lumi-D" Oworu)
Blossom Chukwujekwu ... Coach
Owumi Ugbeye ... Bikiya
Efa Iwara ... David
Nwabuzor Nkechi ... Girl Clubber
Tosan Edremoda-Ugbeye ... Female Lecturer
Nick Mutuma ... Leo
Ice Prince ... Ice Prince (real name Panshak Zamani)
Izien Aigbodion ... Star Guy Yellow Yellow
Chidi Christopher Ossai ... Sophie's Clubber
Femi Durojaiye ... Malaika's Doctor
Chidi Obi Lawrence ... Photographer
Paul Utomi ... Football Trials Coach
Evaezi Ogoro ... Chibuzo's Mother
Shedrack Omohinmin ... Footballer
Francis Anibiec ... Footballer
Grace Ama ... Footballer Parent
Joshua Alabi Ademula ... Waiter
Nnenna Udeh ... Princess's Counselor