So, it’s official. Reality television has taken over the entire world… and I’m kinda glad my mother isn’t here to see this, LOL. For the record, my parents took me to South Africa and Zimbabwe when I was eight because they were doing research. Both were professors in African and African-American history and I was raised to believe a lot of things– one being that Nelson Mandela is basically a deity. So when I learned that his granddaughter’s were getting a reality show, I couldn’t help but wonder what my Mom would think. But it’s happening. And I need to mentally prepare, so click inside for more!
Complex has the story:
The Hollywood Reporter has just broken the news that Cozi TV, a newly-launched network from NBC, has just given the green light to a reality series starring the granddaughters of Nelson Mandela, titled Being Mandela. Starring sisters Zaziwe Dlamini-Manaway and Swati Dlamini, the series will take a look at the daily lives of the South African duo as they deal with their family, their careers, and some personal drama along the way.
The girls are the daughters of Zenani Mandela Dlamini, Neslon and Winnie Mandela’s daughter, and Prince Thumbumuzi Dlamini, a prince of Swaziland. Though the girls were born in South Africa, they spent a lot of their time in the United States while Mandela was in exile during their younger days. They now own a clothing line called Long Walk to Freedom.
For longtime followers of Mandela, the show will feature interesting historical bits like the girls visiting Robben Island, where he was imprisoned for almost two decades, as well as showing them going shark cage diving, of course. Being Mandela will debut on February 10 on Cozi at 9 p.m. ET.
And here’s what the sisters said in a joint statement:
“This show is about us and our lives — both as individuals and as members of the Mandela family,” the sisters said in a joint statement. “It offers a window on how we far we have come to re-establish our lives. We are excited to share the story of our lives, and hopefully viewers will be able to appreciate how universal the human story is.”
Honestly? I really do want to watch this! I hope that there really are lots of ‘interesting historical bits.’ The truth is, there are a lot of trash reality shows (many that I, admittedly, watch), but there are also good, quality ones and I think I can be optimistic about this being one of them. The Mandelas have a powerful story and it could turn out to be a positive thing, for these young women to share their experience.
What do you guys think? Will any of you be tuning in to Being Mandela?
P.S. Zaziwe and Swati are pictured above with their two small children, and their mother, who’s standing directly behind Nelson Mandela.