Inno Matijane is not returning for the third season of The Way Ngingakhona, the popular show on Moja Love TV. Matijane revealed this on Tuesday, at the two-hour finale of season two.
For two successful seasons, the social media sensation welcomed viewers into his life and exposed intimate details of life as a proud gay man, friendships in the LGBTi community and family dynamics.
Matijane said he informed the show’s producers a few weeks ago that it was time for new challenges.
“This was not a resignation based on the drama or anything from the production and management side. I just felt like because of the experience that I had, I looked hard at what growth it brought me. And will it still give me growth in the future?”
Matijane and fellow cast members Tholang Mitsumi and MJ Maponya stole the hearts of many when the show debuted last year, the first to cast the spotlight on the LGBTQ+ community in South Africa.
Characterised by relationship drama, friendship squabbles, family rejections and failed romances, the show trended on social media platforms every week.
Mitsumi is a proud transgender woman who opened up about dating as a transgender. Maponya, a personal trainer by profession, shared his life as an openly bisexual man coming out to his family.
Today’s episode is my last as I won’t be retuning for another season. I leave in pride knowing I told my story, shared parts of my life and inspired people. Please tune in tonight ?? #TheWayNgingakhona— Inno Matijane (@innomatijane) July 27, 2021
Make up: @anna_thamae
Photographer: @lenzokayy_visuals (on insta) pic.twitter.com/5Z5hY7rjfl
Matijane said he came to the show to share his life as gay man and his relationships with friends and has completed that journey.
“I just feel like as people, we do things when we figure [out] that those things are no longer serving us in a way that we want them to. I think it’s time we start separating ourselves from them without feeling guilty and maybe working towards things that will help us deliver ourselves better and help us inspire others better in a way that we can control,” he said.
Matijane, who is easily the most popular cast member due to his catchy videos on social media, said he hoped the producers would bring new members who would outdo him.
“I really would love them to get other cast members who will bring them even better viewership, better inspiring stories more than I did because it’s about the queer, it is not about myself.”
The two-hour finale aired was hosted by Metro FM Lerato Kganyago.
It was an emotional event for Matijane after highlights of his relationship with Maponya and Mitsumi left him teary.
Matijane said in the future he wanted his own show.
“I want a show centred on me. I just feel like I gave a little of my life on the show, obviously because there were a lot of cast members. So everyone’s 2c was a bit limited and I always felt like I was getting violent and that sought of dimmed what I was trying to give to the people, which is just taking me backwards,” he said.