Veteran actor Patrick Mofokeng and Thuli Thabethe will lead a strong cast in 1Magic’s new telenovela Lingashoni, a show that will tell a tale of a poverty-stricken farm worker who returns to his former life as a high-flying businessman after a decade-long memory loss.
After witnessing a murder by a prominent politician - Joburg Mayor Robert Nondumo [Luzuko Nkqeto], monied ‘tenderpreneur’ Mandla Cele [Patrick Mofokeng] goes on the run before surviving a murder from a close family member, which led to his memory loss. After being discovered by Seipati Moeketsi [Liteboho Molise], a farmworker and her two children, along a riverbank, Mandla starts a new life with them as Themba. Mandla weds Seipati and lives a content life on the farm, until 10 years later when an incident leads to him getting flashbacks of who he really is - Mandla Cele.
“This story has the hallmarks of a hit telenovela series with twists and turns that will explore the concept of family, blended family drama, high stakes, the dark underworld of crime and suspense that will keep viewers engaged with every episode,” says Nomsa Philiso, the Director of Local Entertainment Channels at M-Net.
“We have observed that our valued 1Magic viewers have become accustomed to juicy storylines and exceptional talent. Therefore, we are excited that these two elements meet political power and crime in what looks set to be a thriller,” she concludes.
Produced by Stained Glass TV, which has delivered hit drama series such as eHostela and Ifalakhe, Lingashoni will take viewers on a journey that sees a man’s life go full circle as he now has to return to his old life in Bassonia. Mandla has to balance the dynamics of caring for his farm family with those of reconnecting with his children and now estranged first wife Puleng [Thuli Thabethe]. She has since started a new life with the family driver, Mandla’s ice boy Papi Zulu [Thato Molamu].
“Through this telenovela, we wanted to tell a story that reveals the lived experiences of most South Africans. The themes of this telenovela will include family drama, love, betrayal, scandalous affairs and crime,” says Stained Glass TV’s Zodwa Zuma.
She added, “The last thing that everybody wants is for Mandla to regain his memory. Will Mandla remember what happened to him on the day of his memory loss?”
Lingashoni will premiere on 1Magic DStv channel 103 on 22nd March 2021 at 19h30, Mondays to Thursdays.