The grandkids of arguably the most famous man in South Africa have thrown their hat in the ring.
Enter, Swait Dlamini, Dorothy Adjoa Amuah and Zaziwe Dlamini-Manaway (shown above), three grandkids of former president Nelson Mandela.
“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 (who will soon be featured in the biopic Winnie).
But don’t expect the show to focus on shopping, fighting, or the bad behavior that makes American reality shows a success.
“We are exposing Africa for what it is … with a new middle class of intellectuals … contributing to the economy,” said Dorothy Adjoa Amuah, granddaughter of the late Evelyn Mandela.
Although all three were raised in the US, they have since moved back to South Africa to make lives for themselves. “We’re definitely not the African Kardashians,” Dorothy said.
34-year-old Dlamini-Manaway plays the mother figure of the show with a 10-year-old son, a two-year-old daughter and a third child due in January. She runs the family business, Mandela Dlamini Associates while 32-year-old Dlamini is a single mother setting up a foundation focused on the housing, education and medical sectors. The youngest, 27-year-old Amuah is the socialite of the group with a law degree and an MBA from Monaco. She is in the luxury brands market.
The shows producer, Rick Leed said:
“They clearly have a great love [for each other]. 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.”
No word yet on which network will air the show. But it is set to air in early 2012, and will feature many of their cousins. But don’t expect to see Winnie or Nelson in the mix.