Sixth MTV Shuga series coming

2018-11-22 06:01
The cast of MTV Shuga Down South season 5 PHOTO: Twitter

The cast of MTV Shuga Down South season 5 PHOTO: Twitter

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South Africa’s much-loved television series, MTV Shuga Down South is coming back to our screens for a sixth season in February next year.

Set in the backdrop of club scenes, MTV Shuga first aired in Kenya for two seasons in 2009, before moving to Nigeria for the third and fourth season.

From its inception, the show aimed to educate young people about the dangers of HIV/Aids and Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs).

Georgia Arnold, the executive producer, said that when the show started, there was a number of HIV infected young people, and the show aimed at educating them about the advantages of a healthy lifestyle.

“Today we tackle a variety of issues with regards to this issue(of HIV and Aids),” she said.

With about 2 000 young girls being infected with STIs every week, Arnold said that creating new messages was more important, so that they (the young) can know how to better take care of themselves.

MTV Shuga is the brainchild of the Staying Alive Foundation, a campaign that has delivered award-winning HIV/AIDS awareness programmes, concerts, events and public service messages, involving high profile individuals such as the late Nelson Mandela, former US president Bill Clinton, entertainers Beyoncé and Alicia Keys, among others.

“The foundation continues to do its work in ensuring that young people are able to make their choices, because there is a need for it,” Arnold said.

To ensure that the message of the show is taken more seriously, another show, MTV Shuga: In Real Life, was established.

A show that follows the lives of real people who are affected by the topics covered in the series, was created.

“This is to ensure that people realise that this is not just a series, that it is reality of our lives. Many people are affected by these social ills.”

Familiar faces from the previous seasons will be making a return in the new season.

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