The granddaughters of Nelson and Winnie Mandela are now starring in their own reality series called Being Mandela, reports The Hollywood Reporter.
Sisters Zaziwe Dlamini-Manaway and Swati Dlamini are the daughters of Zenani Mandela Dlamini and Prince Thumbumuzi Dlamini of Swaziland, where they are full-fledged African princesses. They were born in South Africa but spent majority of their youth in America while their famous grandfather was imprisoned.
Today, the sisters are mothers and owners of their own clothing line, Long Walk to Freedom. The show will feature the duo juggling life with their close-knit family, traveling to Swaziland and visiting Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela was incarcerated for 18 years, for the first time.
“This show is about us and our lives — both as individuals and as members of the Mandela family,” the sisters said in a 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.”
The reality series is coming to Cozi TV, a newly launched network from the NBC Owned Stations group. The programming is currently a mix of classic TV shows and hit movies, and Being Mandela will be the network’s first original show.
“We are so excited to welcome Zaziwe and Swati to the Cozi TV lineup,” said Meredith McGinn, vice president of multi-station local programming at NBC Owned Television Stations. “Along with our iconic TV series and hit movies, we know that our original programming like Being Mandela will inspire viewers to try out Cozi TV and keep them coming back for more.”
The first episode airs Feb. 10 at 9p.m. EST. Will you be tuning in?