Alison Ngibuini, the brains behind the successful Kenyan soap opera, Mali, appeared on this week's African Dream on BBC. The 37 year old filmmaker spoke about how she got into the film industry, which eventually led her to TV.
She spoke about her frustration seeing the local stations flooding their schedules with Spanish, Mexican and Nigerian soap operas. She saw a gap and decided to make one of our own. The situation prompted her to launch Kenya's first daily soap show, Mali.
She started off in adverstising and later left, with nothing but a computer and a mobile phone, to start her own production house, Al Is On Productions. She later became involved in such big projects as The Zain Africa Challenge and Shuga. She still shoots ads to ensure the company keeps running.
African Dream is a BBC series that airs on BBC Network Africa on Mondays. It is also broadcast on BBC World News on Fridays. The show interviews successful African personalities about how they made it. You can check out the whole interview here.