Playtime is over
Chief Azwindini gets broody when he visits his new wife.
If there’s one thing that Thathe’s Chief Azwindini (Gabriel Temudzani) loves, it’s power. And since the leader can’t stay in power and control of the region forever, it’s his “royal duty” to give his people an heir who will take his place and keep his family at the top of the pecking order. He has sons but there’s a catch when it comes to Mulondo and Muvhango (Ndamulelo Mbuwe and Owen Mmbobo): they were kidnapped and circumcised in 2016 and circumcised men cannot be chief. So that means Azwindini needs a new son to take his place one day. His new young wife Mpho (Azwimmbavhi Rammbuda) has other ideas, as Azwi finds out on Wednesday 9 August: she has no interest in being domesticated or having children. “And that’s a problem,” jokes Gabriel.
Mpho tells her hubby on Thursday 10 August that kids will have to wait “as she wants to concentrate on her career,” says Gabriel. “Mpho is big into her modelling and doesn’t want to be tied down at home running around after children. She wants to get her career off the ground and make money first.” While Azwindini has heard her, he isn’t listening to what she’s saying and doesn’t understand Mpho’s need to have a career. His traditional outlook clashes with Mpho’s modern beliefs and Gabriel adds, “Azwindini wants more children because that’s the norm as a chief and he is being a typical African leader trying to secure his chieftancy and legacy. When Mpho turns down his wishes, she is turning down his legacy and almost insulting him”.
IN THE NAUGHTY CORNER
Siding with Azwindini are the other royal wives and elders, who agree that newcomer Mpho is being difficult and missing the point of her marriage. As an elder, Vho-Masindi (Regina Nesengani) has a chat with Mpho on Friday 11 August, hoping to change her mind. “There is pressure on Mpho from the family, but it’s a question if the headstrong Mpho will buckle,” explains Gabriel. Unfortunately, Vho-Masindi’s plan backfires and Mpho is even more adamant about her dreams being her priority and family coming second on Monday 14 August. “There are a number of arguments and disagreements at this time,” hints Gabriel.
One of the arguments on Tuesday 15 August brings to light the traditionalversus-modern challenges that Thathe’s society faces. “There are deliberations about modern people living in a modern society and how some traditional customs no longer apply to them,” says Gabriel, adding that “the royal house is in turmoil because Mpho is taking a stand against something that is very important to the customs of Thathe. It’s unfortunate and a number of these things are also being questioned in real life in real African royal houses!”
Azwindini and Mpho clash over kids.
The chief’s other son Muvhango.
Azwindini’s son Mulondo.