All about Jub Jub’s new show, Uyajola 9/9
A shocking paternity revelation rocked viewers in Uyajola 9/9’s first episode. DRUM finds out more about this gripping new reality show
TEARS, beat-downs, accusations of rampant cheating and even an illegitimate child thrown into the mix. No, it’s not an episode of American talk show Cheaters but our very own version – and it’s reeling in viewers hook, line and sinker.
When South Africans watched the first episode of Moja Love’s new show Uyajola 9/9 they were expecting the drama and the cheating, but even the most hardcore viewers were shocked by the revelations.
A concerned Sebokeng husband wrote to the show claiming his wife of 21 years was having an affair.
After an in-depth investigation by host Jub Jub and his crew, it was revealed the wife wasn’t only cheating, her grown firstborn son, Themba, was the result of a long-term affair she’d been having with a neighbour down the street.
This not only shocked the husband but left the son, who looks exactly like the neighbour, with a lot of questions. Themba refused to accept the man who’d raised him wasn’t his father and viewers were enraged at how the woman’s dark secrets had turned so many lives upside down.
“Themba and his dad on #Uyajola are carbon copies y’all,” one tweep wrote,
while another added that they “get it when men say when a woman cheats it cuts them deep”.
The hour-long premiere of the show was so popular it trended for two whole days. One of the producers, Tshidi Maphatsoe, says the uniquely South African take on Cheaters has been in the works for a year.
“We’ve put in a lot of hard work and endless hours to produce such a show so we’re excited for people to see what we’ve done,” she tells DRUM.
It wasn’t an easy show to produce as it centres on exposing people’s biggest secrets. “There are a lot of legalities we have to deal with so we must be cautious.”
This includes making sure everyone who appears on the show gives their permission to take part and there’s also a need to protect people on the show from danger.
“We had to sit down after every episode and send it to our lawyers as well as DStv so we could get the go-ahead to put it on air,” she explains. “If anything isn’t within the law, we won’t put it on air.”
JUB Jub, real name Molemo Maarohanye, has been lauded for his calm demeanour and sympathetic nature on the show. “I’m telling you, it’s not for the faint-hearted,” he says. “As you can imagine, doing a show like this takes a lot of courage as you’re dealing with people’s lives and their pain on a daily basis.”
He co-produces the show with Tshidi, who’s full of praise for the hip-hop artist.
“He relates well with everyone on the show and it helps that he’s a people person.”
Fans will see Jub Jub grow in the role as he learns how to calm frantic participants down and help them deal with the reality of their partners’ cheating, she
adds. “He really brings something special to this show.”
Steps have been taken to ensure the safety of everyone on the programme, Tshidi adds. “We always have security available on the premises because these are people’s lives.”
In the first episode, bodyguards had to intervene a number of times as the husband and son tried to attack the man who was having an affair with the wife.
The show’s management doesn’t only protect participants from physical harm though – help is also provided to deal with the aftermath.
“If there’s some emotional damage we make sure to get them help, whether it be marriage counselling or whatever they need.”
She says this is done to ensure “we don’t go in there trying to exploit their lives – we always give back”. But not everyone accepts the help. “To those who want it, we offer it,” Tshidi says. “If you see the episodes you realise how emotional this show is and there are some who say afterwards, ‘I’m not there yet and I don’t need it’. But we tell them they can come back to us at Moja Love for help anytime.
“We always extended our hand because we don’t ever want to leave their lives in shambles.”
FANS might be lapping up the drama on Uyajola 9/ 9 but there are consequences to such public exposure, life coach and relationship expert Amanda Ndiki says. “By going on such a show, you know something is going on but you haven’t been willing to accept it,” she says.
Appearing on the show isn’t a solution, Ndiki says – in fact, in some cases the cheating partner might want revenge or cheat even more.
And for the other partner, exposing the cheater on TV in no way deals with your problems. You have chosen to stay in a relationship that’s emotionally abusive and degrading, and instead of confronting your partner head-on, you air all your dirty laundry on national television.
She adds that when it comes to discussing infidelity in relationships, both parties must be prepared for it and not be “ambushed”.
“They also need to be ready to go for counselling – you can’t force it on them just because one person has been exposed. People need time.”
After the couple has been on the show their relationship dynamics will never be the same, Ndiki says, and they’ll have to find ways to move forward.
They each must find a way to heal and that healing will probably take place alone. “You can’t force healing together. Both parties must, on their own, decide what they want as individuals and only then can they think about what’s next for their relationship.”
The show is opening a can of worms people might not be ready to confront, Ndiki believes.
“And the wounds will go deep. There’s no quick-fix solution.”
ABOVE: Jub Jub is well-liked as the anchor of the Moja Love show that exposes cheaters.
RIGHT: Jub Jub also co-produces the local reality show.
FAR LEFT to LEFT: Uyajola 9/9’s pilot made for dramatic viewing: A man (MIDDLE) found out his wife has been cheating on him for years with a neighbour (LEFT).