When reports claimed that media personality Somizi Mhlongo’s daughter Bahumi Madisakwane will be playing a young Lebo Mathosa in a six-part BET Africa bio-series, some social media users were quick to question her ability to do the role justice.
While some expressed their disapproval of Bahumi playing the role, some suspected that Somizi might have had something to do with her getting the role.
Even though nothing has been confirmed by the channel or the actors about who will play Lebo, Somizi let the cat of the bag when he posted WhatsApp messages he sent to his daughter following the backlash.
In the text to Bahumi, Somizi lovingly gave her words of encouragement to soldier on and pay no attention to haters.
In a slideshow that is captioned, “Dear daughter of me” he tells Bahumi to rise above all the social media trolls and concentrate on being the best she can be.
“Listen. Never ever question why u get certain opportunities in life. U deserve everything and u must take anything and everything they said u wud never have. F**k the haters. It’s not your fault that U are my daughter. U are a daughter if the best that’s been. Embrace it. that’s a blessing, it’s not my will but Gods. Ur the chosen one. Ur gifted. Loving. Good hearted. Talented. Smart. Let no troll make you believe otherwise. Never pay attention to them. they will always want u bring u to their level. LOW. Until someone above u troll u? Pay no mind. I’m here. Daddy loves u and will always protect u. u deserve a woooo shemmmm [sic],” he posted.
See the post here:
Bahumi is not the only person to portray the late Lebo. Singer and actress Kelly Khumalo is reportedly going to play an older Lebo, according to City Press.
Everyone, including the channel have been tight-lipped about who will play Lebo Mathosa. However, the BET Africa has confirmed that the Lebo Mathosa Story is coming soon on their social media platforms.
This is what Twitter users had to say.
“It doesnt matter how #Bahumi got that role,whether the parents did the things to the pots or she just killed her auditions asingene lapho...nawe you would've taken it if you were given that chance... congrats Bahumi [sic]...”
“You used to get more meat at events just because yo'mom is part of cooking scheme. Now you complain about Bahumi getting gigs because Somizi. Hypocrites”
“Even if Bahumi got that part of playing Lebo Mathosa via daddy so what! The only person you should be mad at its your own dad for not having connections and not being able to put you on!!! Ai leyaLapisa manh!!!!!!!”
“So Bahumi will be playing Lebo Mathosa. Never seen her act anywhere, but we all know daddy pulled some strings...How I wish my dad was famous, maybe I'd be playing Schwarzenegger role too”
“Can this Bahumi girl even act or sing? Or she got the role because of daddy”
“During the auditions fever, Someone did mention that,people are busy auditioning but Bahumi will secure the gig #LeboMathosa”