Scandal star Tony Goldwyn in Kenya to discuss shooting movie in the country

Tony Goldwyn in Kenya
Dr Ezekiel Mutua, CEO Kenya Film Classification Board with Scandal star Tony Goldwyn and Jamal Joseph. Photo: Twitter/EzekielMutua

Actor and director Tony Goldwyn, who starred in Ghost and more recently played the President of the United States alongside Kerry Washington in Scandal is in Kenya to discuss the possibility of shooting a film with film director and scriptwriter Jamal Joseph.

The planned film is an adaptation of New York TimesBestseller, Find Me Unafraid which follows Kennedy Odede, a man from Kibera who marries an American student called Jessica Posner.

Find Me Unafraid

“The story of Kennedy and Jessica Odede is captivating one. I was connected to Kennedy through a friend who gave me the book and after reading it, I decided I wanted to do the job myself (producing the movie). I am committed in seeing that it’s done to not only entertain, but to also speak something important of social impact,” Goldwyn explained during a press conference at the Kenya Film Classification Board (KFCB) Offices at Uchumi House, Nairobi, where the pair were hosted by KFCB CEO, Ezekiel Mutua.

“I am delighted to host these two Hollywood stars and to support their decision to make the film on Kennedy and Jessica’s love story here in Kenya.

“We are in discussions with the two American filmmakers, the Odedes and the team around this production to see how the government can support their efforts to shoot Find Me Unafraid here in Kenya by creating a conducive environment that will enable the project to make business sense and bring glory to the film industry in Kenya.”

– Kenya Film Classification Board CEO, Ezekiel Mutua

The filmmakers are planning to chart the Odede’s love story showing how they met, fell in love and started one of the biggest charity organizations in the country, Shining Hope For Communities (SHOFCO).

Tony Goldwyn in Kenya
Tony Goldwyn and Jamal Joseph discuss the planned adaptation of Find Me Unafraid. Photo: Twitter/infokcfb

SHOFCO is a community-based organisation that catalyses large-scale transformation in urban slums by providing critical services, community advocacy platforms and education. It has had a huge impact in Kenya and currently serves in excess of 250,000 Kenyans living in various slums across the country.