Nelson Mandela’s three grandchildren will join the reality show bandwagon, the family announced Sept. 29. The show, which will air in 2012, will show Africa’s “new middle class of intellectuals,” according to one granddaughter.
“The show will be about our lives as young, Black women … We’re not wearing, `I’m a Mandela’ T-shirts,” said Swati Dlamini, granddaughter of Winnie Madikizela-Mandela. The show is supposed to expose the role of the new generation as career women and mothers, Mail and Guardian reports.
Dlamini, Dorothy Adjoa Amuah and Zaziwe Dlamini-Manaway said they grew up in the United States, but returned to South Africa for personal and business matters.
“We’re definitely not the African Kardashians,” Amuah said.
In case people are wondering whether the reality show may expose the family in a negative light or disrespect the legacy of South Africa’s former president, producer Rick Leed promised good things.
“They clearly have a great love . This may be part storytelling, part reality, except the story we are telling is real … it’s not going to detract from the dignity of Nelson Mandela,” he told reporters in Johannesburg.
The grandchildren said they would not feature their parents or grandparents.
Dlamini, 32, is a single mother who would like to set up a foundation.
Amuah, 27, is into the luxury brands market and received a law degree and MBA from Monaco.
Dlamini-Manaway, 34, is a mother with a two kids and one on the way. She plans to launch a clothing line and is involved with Mandela Dlamini Associates.