Nelson Mandela's Grand-Daughters To Star In A Reality Show

It seems Zuma's daughters are not the only politian's daughters to fall prey to the lure of fame. International media reports that South African and American producers say three Nelson Mandela granddaughters will star in a reality TV show.

In a statement, South Africa's New Vision Pictures and Out of Africa Entertainment and U.S. producer Rick Leed say:
" The reality show would not be trash television, but would have dignity. They clearly have a great love (for each other). This may be part storytelling, part reality, except the story we are telling is real... it's not going to detract from the dignity of Nelson Mandela."
The show will "highlight the next generation of this unique South African family", give a glimpse into their daily lives and conflicts and take an unscripted look at the role of the new generation of women as mothers and career women.

"The show will be about our lives as young, black women... We're not wearing 'I'm a Mandela' T-shirts," Swati Dlamini, granddaughter of Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, told reporters in Johannesburg on Thursday.
Dorothy Adjoa Amuah, granddaughter of the late Evelyn Mandela said: 
"We are exposing Africa for what it is... with a new middle class of intellectuals... contributing to the economy."
Dlamini, Amuah and Swati's older sister Zaziwe Dlamini-Manaway, grew up in the United States, but returned to South Africa for business and family reasons.

"We're definitely not the African Kardashians (three US reality stars)," Amuah said.

The trio said the show may feature their cousins, but would not feature their parents and grandparents.

  • Zaziwe Dlamini-Manaway - 34, is the mother figure of the show with a 10-year-old son, a two-year-old daughter and a third child due in January is involved in a family business, Mandela Dlamini Associates, and plans to launch a clothing line.
  • Swati Dlamini - 32, is a single mother getting back into the career world with plans to set up a foundation focused on the housing, education and medical sectors.
  • Dorothy Adjoa Amuah - 27, is a socialite with a law degree and an MBA from Monaco. She is in the luxury brands market.

The as yet unnamed show is expected to be aired early in 2012. We will just have to wait how the Mandelas manage to take the "trash" out of reality tv. Let's be honest, words like dignity are not synonymous with this tv genre. So, watchout Hlelo and Ntando, the Mandelas are about to usurp your current title as SA reality tv queens.

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