Tilo ngwana Rashaka Mokgopo
The year 2014 may be gone but we will always take a trip down the memory lane to remind ourselves of the greatest moments on our small screens. We celebrated, mourned and danced with our favourite characters on television. Here are some of the big moments in 2014, in ascending order.
Number 5: Suffo and Nikkie walk down the aisle
The unprecedented happened! Who could have guessed that one day Suffocate and Nikkie would kiss and say ‘I do! I do!’? The storyline of Suffo and Nikkie walking down the aisle may have taught others that there’s a bright future in a one night stand. If it wasn’t for a one night stand, ordinarily Nikkie would not have conceived Suffo’s baby, and that inevitably means no wedding bells. But thanks to ‘let’s play the No Strings Attached game,’ Nikkie is now a Mrs. Ouch! Did I say that?
2014 saw Skeem Saam returning to our screens as a soapie. Although this programme has thriving storylines and their cliff hangers are the best in the South African television industry, but the Winnie Serite created drama series wanted an excellent storyline to mark its return to SABC 1. Thanks to the Lelo-Zamokuhle storylines that got viewers at the edge of their seats, Skeem Saam materialized on their existing popularity and continued to mesmerize their fans and supporters.
Number 3: the return of the mighty Kenneth Mashaba
When Kenneth Mashaba was locked in a Thai prison in 2011, we all thought that was the end of him. Our worst fear was confirmed when Seputla Sebogodi braggingly told the media that he was making more money outside Generations.
But 2014 saw Sebogodi approaching Mfundi for a job and the latter’s confidante, Bongi Ndaba who is the head of writing for Generations could not say no to Mashaba returning to Jo’burg to settle old scores with Dineo and S’busiso.
And then the writing team pulled a Boko Haram stunt with the kidnapping of Dineo. Who, during a brainstorming session, proposes that Kenneth brutally removes Dineo’s womb and other people clap with excitement “yeah! It is a nice concept. Let’s go with it. It will make a great viewing?” Hai man! That was too much.
Number 2: Muvhango celebrates 2000th episode on air
Since April 1997, Muvhango only celebrated their 2000th episode on air last year. Their concept was brilliant, well executed except for that the Mokoenas were snubbed from the celebration of the very soapie they pioneered and sustained with their thrilling storylines for years.
Their 2000th episode saw Thandaza and Ranthumeng renewing their vows. This episode also saw some previous actors of the likes of Lerato Moloi, Khanyi Mbau, Phila Mazibuko, Amanda Du Point and Jo-Anne Reyne inter alia making special appearances.
Number 1: Albert passes away
A gun shot at the Mojalefa residence! It definitely shot Albert Mukwevho. Is he going to survive? What is going to happen next? That’s what many fans and followers of Muvhango wanted to find out. And what is the first source of reference, GOOGLE!
The passing of Albert Mukwevho was too emotional. Muvhango trended on twitter. Online articles mentioning ‘Albert Mukwevho’ or ‘Ndivhuho Mutsila’ saw a huge influx of readers. You sleep, you lose. Competition steals the readers. Almost all the media houses ran several articles about the passing of Albert Mukwevho.
Khathutshedzo Makwarela brilliantly penned down the burial of Albert. Journalists got invited to the pre-screening of the burial. But sadly Mr TV Police got snubbed from attending. Or perhaps the invitation went straight into my Junk mail. I should check, it could still be there.
On a serious note, 2014 was a great year. We wait to see what 2015 has in store for us.