It’s quite apparent that we are living in the age of reality television, where people from all walks of life invite the public into the their private lives by allowing camera crews to follow and document their every move. While these types of shows are generally frowned upon due to the negativity that they are commonly associated with, every once in a while, a positive show comes along, debunking the stereotype that all reality shows are bad. The latest show that offers the hope of reinforcing positive images of Black women in the media is Being Mandela, a reality show that will document the lives of Nelson and Winnie Mandela’s granddaughters, Zaziwe Dlamini-Manaway and Swati Dlamini. The Grio‘s Chris Withrerspoon recently sat down with the sisters to discuss their upcoming show. Check out some of what they had to say.
On why they chose to do reality TV:
“When we were initially approached, we took a lot of time to think about whether or not going down this avenue was the right thing for us to do in terms of reality TV. But, then, when we actually made the decision we thought this would be a great showcase for our country. We didn’t only produce Nelson Mandela. You know, there are also other things that are awesome about the country,” said Swati
On what we can expect to see on the show:
“…ourselves, our lives, our families are going to be on the show. My grandmother, she’ll be on the show, our mom, our siblings, some of our cousins… Through the show you actually get to see us as women, as mothers, as businesswomen. So it’s kind of just insight into how we live our lives, ” expressed Swati
On getting permission from their grandparents to do the show:
“I mean we didn’t have to ask them. You know, my grandfather is 95, so we don’t actually go and ask him things like this. But, the Mandela name is our name as well, so he entrusts us to do well by the name, respect the name, to treat it with integrity, to produce something he can be proud of. So, we just know he supports us in everything that we do and we take pride in our name so we would never do anything to tarnish the name in anyway,” said Zaziwe.
On their grandfather’s health:
“His health is very good. He’s surrounded by family. We go to the house all the time. He’s really happiest the most when he spends time with his great grandchildren. So before we came on the trip we literally went to go see him to say bye. So he’s in really really good spirits. We’re very happy,” said Zaziwe.
Being Mandela premieres on Cozi TV February 10th at 9:00 pm ET.
Check out footage of the interview on the next page. What do you think of the Mandela heiresses getting their own reality show?