“Keeping Up With the Mandelas?”

“Keeping Up With the Mandelas?”

Nelson Mandela’s three granddaughters are considering taping a TV documentary focusing on the lives of young African professionals. But don’t compare them with the Kardashians.

Published September 29, 2011

In the age of reality TV, when anyone can rocket to fame in a matter of 30 minutes or less, it would be just to assume that taking the plunge can do nothing but bad things for one’s persona.


However, Nelson Mandela’s three granddaughters are hoping to use the small screen to shed light on Africa’s growing potential. The three granddaughters, all in their late 20s or early 30s and businesswomen, are still deciding about whether to green light a TV documentary, which will focus on the lives of young African professionals, the Associated Press reports.


Mandela became South Africa's first Black president in 1994 after 27 years in prison for his fight against apartheid. At 93 years old, Mandela has retired from public life. The women say their famous lineage certainly had a lot to do with why they were approached for the show. However, they say, any comparison to a certain American family of young businesswomen ends there.


"This is by no means a Kardashian show," said Dorothy Adjoa Amuah, 27, one of Mandela’s granddaughters, of the popular reality show Keeping Up With the Kardashians, to Associated Press.


"This is supposed to be about the dynamics of Africa and how it's changing," she added.


Amuah is the daughter of Mandela's eldest daughter, Makaziwe, but she is not listed as one of Mandela’s 17 biological grandchildren. The other two grandchildren who may be involved in the project are Dlamini and Zaziwe Dlamini-Manaway, who are the children of Mandela's daughter Zenani.


South Africa's New Vision Pictures and Out of Africa Entertainment and U.S. producer Rick Leed told Associated Press that the show is set to debut early next year, saying it will "highlight the next generation of this unique South African family," and provide a look into their daily lives.


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(Photo: Chris Jackson/Getty Images) 

Written by Britt Middleton


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