Hlomu the Wife coming to Showmax this November

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Dudu Busani-Dube with the Zulu brothers from The Wife, coming to Showmax. Front (L/R) Mqhele (Bonko Khoza) and Nqoba (Abdul Khoza). Back left to right: Nkosana (Mondli Makhoba), Qhawe (Kwenzo Ngcobo) and Sambulo (Sipho Ndlovu). Photo: ShowmaxPHOTO: SHOWMAX
Dudu Busani-Dube with the Zulu brothers from The Wife, coming to Showmax. Front (L/R) Mqhele (Bonko Khoza) and Nqoba (Abdul Khoza). Back left to right: Nkosana (Mondli Makhoba), Qhawe (Kwenzo Ngcobo) and Sambulo (Sipho Ndlovu). Photo: ShowmaxPHOTO: SHOWMAX

Readers of the famous Hlomu The Wife book series are excited by the news that their fantasies on the Zulu brothers will come to life on Showmax this November.

The highly anticipated telenovela, The Wife, is based on the best-selling novel written by Dudu Busani-Dube. The series is expected to appear on Showmax on November 11.

When Showmax announced it was making a telenovela inspired by the novel, readers were excited and started suggesting names for the cast that they mostly fantasised about when reading the books.

The book series began with Hlomu The Wife, which started as a blog in 2014 and was later published. It was followed by Zandile The Resolute, Naledi His Love, Iqunga and Mess. Currently readers are waiting in anticipation for the last book in the series, Hlomu the End which is expected to be published in November.

In a statement, Showmax revealed the cast for the eight Zulu brothers.

The most loved character in the book series, Mqhele will be played by Bonko Khoza. He burst onto the acting scene as Jabz in the multi-award-winning film Necktie Youth and has since appeared in the likes of Professionals and the Emmy-nominated Roots.

Bonko said he read the book a couple of years ago and was a fan from the moment he put it down. “Fast forward to 2021 when I got sent an audition for the series. I’m really excited to bring to life this incredible piece of writing. Dudu created a compelling work of art and now we get to breathe life into it, put faces to names and show it to the world,” he said in a statement.

The other brothers will be Kwenzo Ngcobo (Imbewu) as Qhawe, Sipho Ndlovu (Isibaya, The Queen) as Sambulo, SAFTA winner Abdul Khoza (Isibaya, Kings of Joburg) as Nqoba, Mondli Makhoba (Umkhokha, Generations, Imbewu) as Nkosana, SAFTA nominee Thulane Nkululeko Shange (Is’thunzi, iNumber Number) as Mqoqi, Ishmauel Songo (Rhythm City, Tsotsi) as Mpande and Swelihle Luthuli (eHostela) as Ntsika.

The Wife series is being produced by Stained Glass known for SAFTA-winning shows like eHostela and Ifalakhe as well as Uzalo.

“Showmax has commissioned three seasons of 40 episodes each, inspired by Dudu’s books Hlomu the Wife, Zandile the Resolute, and Naledi His Love respectively. The books follow the lives of the eight Zulu brothers, a formidable crime family, through the eyes of the wives they marry,” read the statement.

Busani-Dube also said the Showmax series expands on the world created in the novel. “For fans of Hlomu the Wife, who know all the scenes and the lines, be prepared for new experiences and surprises on screen,” she said.

The first three episodes of The Wife will be available on November 11 and three new episodes will be added every Thursday. The Wife is exclusive to Showmax.

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