Nelson Mandela’s granddaughters are set to star in their very own reality show next year.
Don’t get them mixed up with the Kardashians!
Sisters Swati Dlamini-Manaway, 34, and Zeziew Dlamini-Manaway, 32, along with cousin Dorothy Amuah, 27, are set to drop a new reality show in 2012 as grandchildren of activist Nelson Mandela.
According to the Guardian Online, the ladies announced they would be making their mark on reality TV as young businesswomen.
"The show will be about our lives as young, Black women … We’re not wearing ‘I’m a Mandela’ T-shirts," Swati Dlamini, granddaughter of Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, told reporters in Johannesburg.
The Dlamini-Manaway sisters and Amuah insist that the story will genuinely be about their lives’ journeys. They don’t want to be confused with other reality TV stars, especially not the well-known Kardashian sisters.
"We’re definitely not the African Kardashians," Amuah said.
Instead, the girls said that they want to show people what they have known they’re whole lives: Africa is full of women who handle their business! The show is going to focus on their lives as mothers and career women. Swati, Zeziew, and Dorothy want to add to the legacy of their grandfather.
"They clearly have a great love [for each other]. This may be part storytelling, part reality, except the story we are telling is real," Producer Rick Leed told the Guardian. "It’s not going to detract from the dignity of Nelson Mandela."
Swati has a 10-year-old son and a 2-year-old daughter, and she is expecting a child in January. She works for the family business, Mandela Dlamini Associates, she has an interest in fashion, and she wants to launch a clothing line.
Zeziew is a single mother, who is starting a medical, education, and housing foundation. Dorothy has a law degree and MBA from Monoco and works with luxury branding.
Dorothy explained how it will differ from other reality shows with the positive message they want to bring to T.V. "We are exposing Africa for what it is … with a new middle class of intellectuals … contributing to the economy,” she expressed.