Minne Kariuki on almost giving up on acting before Single Kiasi

Minne Kariuki on almost giving up on acting before Single Kiasi and embracing stardom with The Real Housewives of Nairobi.

2023 was both a big and a tragic year for Minne Kariuki. Other than her return in Single Kiasi S2, which, like its first season, was among the most-watched shows on Showmax for the year, she also appeared in The Real Housewives of Nairobi, which broke streaming records for most first-day views on Showmax in Kenya.

In this same year, she lost her child through a miscarriage, an unfortunate experience that she revealed on The Real Housewives of Nairobi.

In the interview below, we chat with Minne about what it means to be pregnant again, her character Mariah on Single Kiasi S3, being on The Real Housewives of Nairobi, and more.

Minne Kariuki on almost giving up on acting before Single Kiasi
Single Kiasi S3 is now streaming on Showmax, with new episodes releasing every Tuesday.

First of all, congratulations on your pregnancy. How did you feel about finding this out, especially with everything that happened to you last year?
I was elated, but I was very nervous because, you know, the first three months are the most crucial ones. And I lost my child last year, when the baby was nine weeks old. So I would say it was just mixed feelings. I was happy, but still very nervous. 

As far as I've gotten, I'm just practicing gratitude every day because it's something that should not be taken lightly. Carrying a child until the last term. And we have really waited for this blessing, and just being able to expand our family makes me very happy.
Looking at Mariah's journey, how do you think that your character has evolved from S1?
Mariah wants to face her issues, but she's unsure about them because of the abuse she went through as a child. All these emotions are trapped in her, and she just ends up finding solace in men and material things because she refuses to process and deal with her issues.

Has she evolved, really? I think she's a better friend. And she's also more focused on getting the bag, so she's also evolved in that aspect. But at the end of the day, she still doesn't choose herself. I've always wanted Mariah to choose herself. I feel like she's creative and that she's always finding solutions for her friends. But can she find a solution to her life?

Some fans have compared your character on Single Kiasi with Minne Kariuki on The Real Housewives of Nairobi. What would you like to tell these fans?

Oh my God, The Real Housewives' Mariah and Minne Kariuki are entirely different individuals. What do you mean? As Minne, I'm focused on my family and business, and Mariah isn't. 

But probably character-wise, in terms of confidence, they could be similar in the sense that we both speak out for ourselves and are very expressive. But I think that's where the similarities end, because they are on opposite sides of the spectrum.

What do you think Mariah would think of The Real Housewives of Nairobi, and would she be in it?

Mariah would definitely be on The Real Housewives of Nairobi, period.com. Mariah is a star; she's a wannabe. She loves fashion, and she loves the camera. She wants to show it all. So with a reality show, of course she'll jump on it very fast.


Last year was a big year for you, appearing in two of the biggest shows in Kenya running concurrently. What was that like?

It was a blessing. I auditioned for Single Kiasi when I was about to give up on acting, and that was the best decision I ever made. Look at me three years later. Take a look at the success of Single Kiasi; it's one of the most-watched shows on Showmax. For The Real Housewives of Nairobi, being a reality show, stardom comes from knowing your worth, who you are, and being real.

So I feel blessed to be in these two big shows. It really reassures me that if you listen to God, if you listen to that inner voice, and if you take that bold move and do not give up on yourself, it will turn out great. Look at God. That's all I can say.

How has it been acting alongside Gathoni Mutua and Faith Kibathi for three seasons? Have you formed a sisterhood bond or friendship outside of the show?

When you're on set with someone and have been consistently together for three years, like with Single Kiasi, of course you create a bond. And outside of the set, we're really good friends, even though Faith and I are much closer. We call up to check up on each other, and we go for lunch dates.

And I think this bond is important because when we are on set, the chemistry and the energy are real. That's why our scenes come out so authentic because we are friends outside the show.

I'm curious: what does your husband Lugz think about Mariah?

Minne Kariuki on almost giving up on acting before Single Kiasi

My husband hates Mariah, that's for sure. I asked him why, and he said, Because Mariah is not Minne. Mariah is all about men—different men at that. So why would he like a chick like that?


We do watch the show together. He understands that some of the things my character does on the screen are just acting. And he respects my craft. He has supported me from day one.

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