Netflix will launch its first African reality show, “Young, Famous, & African”, on Friday March 18.
The unscripted show is expected to provide viewers with the best in entertainment created around some of Africa’s finest artists.
The seven-episode glamorous reality series, stars Khanyi Mbau (South Africa), Diamond Platnumz (Tanzania), Annie Macaulay-Idibia (Nigeria), 2Baba (Nigeria), Zari the Boss Lady (Uganda), Naked DJ (South Africa), Nadia Nakai, Swanky Jerry (Nigeria), Andile Ncube (South Africa) and Kayleigh Schwark (South Africa).
“Here we are!!!! A first of its kind!!…World’s 1st reality TV show!!!” casting,” said Andile Ncube.
Why these names
“We have selected a group of high profile connected friends who are pan-African and who are building their brands in South Africa. Our castings come from West Africa, East Africa and South Africa .”
“Each cast member is relevant because of their profile and the work they have done in the media. Our selection criteria were mainly focused on the industry occupied by our actors and also on their interrelationships with each other. Peace Hyde, the show’s co-creator and executive producer, told Africanews.
In this series, fans get an exclusive glimpse into the luxurious lifestyles of these African stars in Johannesburg, South Africa. You’ll learn about their rivalries, new friendships, romantic relationships, and delicious spilled teas.
“It was a labor of love that eventually became a reality. Growing up in the UK, there were no glitzy, sexy images of Africa; all we saw were the stereotypical images conveyed in the media for years.
Young, Famous & African presents a vibrant, beautiful, shiny and sexy Africa to the world. said Peace Hyde.
As Cast Member, Zari the Boss Lady (Uganda) said, “I am so excited for people to see how invested we have been in this show, showcasing our true and authentic trials and tribulations. Young, Famous & African will give our fans a glimpse into our very entertaining and very busy lives.”
The love story of Nigerian artists Annie and Idibia dates back to the age of 15. However, social media almost destroyed what many had described as a perfect relationship. It’s been one issue or another since the middle or end of last year. Annie’s claims about Idibia’s infidelity led to a heated online exchange with Idibia’s younger brother Charles.
Innocent Idibia (2baba or 2Face)
The Nigerian musician, singer, songwriter, entrepreneur, philanthropist, humanitarian and activist. started his career under the name 2Face before adopting the name 2baba.
He has two children with his wife, Annie Macaulay. On the other hand, Sumnbo Adeoye has two children with Idibia and two others with her spouse. She is married to a pastor and has a good relationship with Annie. Meanwhile, musician Pero Adeniyi and Idibia’s relationship of around 20 years has resulted in three children. However, Idibia and his wife reconciled in September 2021, and he promised to be a better version of himself for her.
The king of East African music is known for his poetic and romantic songs, excellent dance moves, luxurious lifestyle and complicated love life. Diamond has two children with Zari, one with Hamisa Mobetto and one with Tanasha Donna.
Tanasha is a Kenyan model, singer, entrepreneur and internet influencer. Meanwhile, Hamisa is a Tanzanian model, businesswoman, and socialite. On the other hand, Zari Hassan is a Ugandan socialite, musician and entrepreneur based in South Africa.
Zari the boss
The Ugandan socialite will never fail to follow the trends on East African blogs. The tabloids always have something to say about her, especially her fashion sense, the men she’s dated, and her wealth. Tanasha and Hamisa get along, but Zari is not close to them. It is alleged that Diamond cheated on her with Hamisa. Meanwhile, Zari never argued with Tanasha because she dated Diamond after breaking up with Hamisa.
Diamond fans are torn between the three baby mamas. Each has huge supporters for her to be the singer’s wife. Meanwhile, the star kept her romance a secret after splitting from Tanasha. As a result, Zari’s fans want to see how she interacts with him on this show.
Mbau has a daughter with entrepreneur Mandla Mthembu. The star was 19 when they first met at the Divine Lounge. Khanyi called rumors that her teenage daughter was pregnant as cyberbullying. Either way, the public believed 15-year-old Khanukani was pregnant after YouTuber Lasizwe Dambuza posted a photo of her wearing an oversized shirt on Twitter.
Metro FM DJ Quinton Masina, aka Naked DJ, and Real Housewives of Johannesburg star Naledi Willers split in 2019 after two years of marriage. Naledi is from Botswana but lives in South Africa. Mzansi assumed that Lerato Kganyago (a South African actress, model and media personality) was Masina’s wife after announcing her marriage on Twitter in 2020.
However, it turned out that the DJ had a gorgeous lady by his side as he attended Lerato and Thami Ndlela’s traditional wedding.
A few months after going public with their relationship at Lerato Kganyago’s traditional wedding, Kayleigh Schwark and Naked DJ had a customary wedding ceremony
Jeremiah Ogbodo aka Swankyjerry is a Nigerian fashion designer and is happily married. Fashion designer, Yvonne Nwosu, posted photos of him proposing to his girlfriend in London four years ago.
He has a daughter named Gabriella with actress/model Rosette Mogomotsi. The duo have a good co-parenting relationship. Rosette later married entrepreneur Lunga Ncwana but divorced after six years. Meanwhile, Andile and his girlfriend Sebabatso Mothibi had their first child in 2021. Sebabatso also has a daughter named Ara.
“Young, Famous & African” will be available to 214 million people in more than 190 countries at the same time on the day of the premiere.
This series will join the likes of “Real Housewives of Atlanta” and “too hot to handle” currently running on Netflix.