An exciting new telenovela, Lingashoni premiered on our screens on Monday evening and the first episode was filled with enough drama to have viewers begging for more.
The show, which has a star-studded cast including Patrick Mofokeng, Thuli Thabethe, Liteboho Molise and Thato Molamu amongst others, tells the story 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 (played by Luzuko Nkqeto), monied ‘tenderpreneur’ Mandla Cele (played by 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.
Mandla’s life then goes full circle as he now has to return to his old life in Bassonia. He finds himself having 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) – who has since started a new life with the family driver, Papi Zulu (Thato Molamu).
“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,” Nomsa Philiso, Director of Local Entertainment Channels at M-Net said.
“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.
TRUELOVE visited the set of the production to get to know some of the characters on the show and to have a first look at the set of Lingashoni.