“Being Mandela” heading to USA Networks in 2012
In September, we alerted you to a new upcoming reality show for South African television, that will chronicle the lives of Nelson Mandela’s three adult granddaughters (Dorothy Adjoa Amuah, Zaziwe Dlamini-Manaway, and Swati Dlamini).
The show was (and still is) being billed as the anti-Kardashian reality TV show, highlighting the lives of these 3 young women as they break away from their grandfather’s legacy to start building theirs, each independent and ambitious; Dorothy, 27, with a law degree, as well as an MBA and is in the luxury brands business; Zaziwe, 34, mother of a 10-year-old son, a two-year-old daughter, and a third child due in January. She is involved in a family business, Mandela Dlamini Associates, and plans to launch a clothing line; and Swati, 32, single mother getting back into the career world with plans to set up a foundation focused on the housing, education and medical sectors.
The reality TV show is set to debut air in early 2012, in South Africa, and in our first post on this, Sergio (who posted it) wondered if a show like it would ever be made here in the USA!
Well, wonder no more Serge, because, according to Deadline, the above reality show, which will be titled Being Mandela by the way, will not only air in South Africa, but, Rick Leed, the American producing partner on the series, is pitching it to USA networks, and, as he says, the show is drawing “significant interest from ‘all of the top-tier cable players’ including TLC, USA, A&E, Lifetime, Oxygen, E!, TNT, TBS and Bravo… We’ll be in L.A. taking a very intense round of meetings with broadcasters next week… It’s a very competitive situation and a very hot show.”
It’s apparently already sold throughout Africa.
Being Mandela could very be debuting on one of those cable TV networks sometime next year.
Shadow and Act contributed to this article