Dou­ble trou­ble in ‘iKhaya’ proves a hit

The Star Early Edition - - NEWS - TOBY NGO­MANE

FOL­LOW­ING the release of Mzansi Magic’s iKhaya, South Africans have taken to Twit­ter not only to com­mend the show for its good pro­duc­tion qual­ity and act­ing but also to poke fun at the truth of dou­ble lives that many South Africans live.

The show, which first aired on Mon­day, re­placed the hit prison drama Lock­down, which screened on Mon­day at 8pm.

Two wives, two lives, too many se­crets – not so pic­ture-per­fect is how Mzansi Magic has de­scribed the lat­est drama to hit South African screens.

iKhaya, which trans­lates to “home”, fol­lows the life of Ed­die, who is played by Saint Se­seli, a fam­ily man lead­ing a dou­ble life, caught be­tween his wives Rais­ibe, played by Molobane Maja-Mbatha, and Ce­bile, who is played by Nqo­bile Si­pamla, and the two fam­i­lies he has cre­ated.

While jug­gling his fam­i­lies based Davey­ton and the Lim­popo vil­lage of Ga-Mod­jadji, Ed­die is forced to cre­ate dif­fer­ent per­sonas, quickly trans­form­ing from Joburg busi­ness­man to Lim­popo truck driver.

This te­len­ov­ela prom­ises to be as ex­cit­ing as Ed­die’s se­crets. Many view­ers hope it will an­swer the many ques­tions they have been ask­ing: How does he man­age to keep his dou­ble life se­cret so well, and will his liv­ing on the edge back­fire?

M-Net direc­tor of lo­cal en­ter­tain­ment chan­nels Reneilwe Sema said: “As Mzansi Magic, we want to tell sto­ries that are au­then­tic and chal­lenge our view­ers while cre­at­ing mean­ing­ful con­ver­sa­tions. iKhaya is a com­pelling and cap­ti­vat­ing story that the au­di­ences will ap­pre­ci­ate.”

With a topic so pop­u­lar in South Africa, there is lit­tle doubt that this show will be a nail-biter, and per­haps it will bring a se­ri­ous kind of hu­mour to an un­com­fort­able topic.

The pro­duc­tion of the show has been ap­plauded by peo­ple on Twit­ter, with @mrh­longwa say­ing: “The qual­ity looks ab­so­lutely amaz­ing. I’m very im­pressed. #iKhaya #iKhayaMzansi #MrH­long­waRe­views.”

Other Twit­ter users were not ex­pect­ing the show to be so rel­e­vant to their own lives.

@sego­pedi1 tweeted: “My un­cle’s life ex­actly, he was a truck driver with 2 fam­i­lies who didn’t know #IkhayaMzansi.”

@Penelop39690473 said: “Be­lieve me this hap­pens in real life #iKhayaMzansi.”

The lo­gis­tic night­mare of liv­ing a dou­ble life was what @ Nobun­tu_Daba was most con­cerned about, tweet­ing: “So much ad­min, Ed­die, driv­ing far, switch­ing cars, switch­ing clothes, switch­ing rings, switch­ing lan­guages, even switch­ing life­styles kun­z­ima guys!! #ikhaya”

Based on the ex­cite­ment from the first episode, many view­ers will be anx­iously wait­ing for the drama to ex­plode.

New drama has au­di­ence cap­ti­vated

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