Nelson Mandela's granddaughters score reality show
'Being Mandela' to focus on their personal and professional lives in South Africa
The granddaughters of anti-apartheid activist and former President of South Africa Nelson Mandela have signed on to star in a new reality show called "Being Mandela," which will follow their personal and professional lives in South Africa. Zaziwe Dlamini-Manaway and Swati Dlamini are heading to reality TV, thanks to their series on the new NBC-owned network Cozi TV. Zaziwe and Swati are the daughters of Nelson and Winnie Mandela's daughter Zenani Mandela Dlamini and Prince Thumbumuzi Dlamini, who is a prince of Swaziland.
The sisters were born in South Africa, but spent most of their childhood in exile in the U.S. while their grandfather was imprisoned in their home country. They returned to South Africa after Mandela was released from prison in 1991 and currently run their own clothing line called Long Walk to Freedom. The series will focus on Zaziwe and Swati's lives as members of the Mandela family.
The women will visit Robben Island, where their grandfather was imprisoned for 18 years, and make their return to Swaziland, where they are regarded as African princesses. This is the first original series on the newly launched channel, which currently airs classic TV shows such as "Charlie's Angels" and "Magnum, P.I.," as well as former "Bachelorette" Ali Fedotowsky's travel show, "1st Look." "Being Mandela" premieres Feb. 10.