Tilo ngwana Rashaka Mokgopo
The time is now ripe for SABC 1 to re-commission the second season of Ubizo-The Calling. It’s been 8 full years since the premiere of this supernatural miniseries and repeats won’t fit into the prime time slot.
Ubizo is a 2007 multi award winning miniseries that explored the African cultural practices. In the drama, Linda Sokhulu played a sophisticated, modern woman called Nomathemba who was doing exceptionally well in her career as a microbiologist and was blessed with one daughter.
Better yet, she got married to a loving husband. The three had a mansion and lived in one of the best addresses in Johannesburg. Nomathemba took in her mother Marry (played by Marry Twala) to stay with them.
Nomathemba’s life of glitz and glam was thrown into turmoil when she received a calling from the ancestors to undergo the uthwasa process. Although reluctant at first, she finally accepted her calling, much disappointment to her mother who was a stern Christian.
It is about time Ubizo launch a comeback on our screens. Not only is that kind of content controversial but it sells too. South Africans are always searching for programmes that they can relate to and I deem Ubizo as one of those programmes that many people will gladly like to consume.
We’ve been consuming a lot of prime time programmes favouring Christian values and ethos. Documentaries that explore ‘authentic’ African culture are being pushed to shoulder hours. The SABC, as a public broadcaster that should cater for the needs of all people across racial and cultural lines, ought to re-commission Ubizo to remind Africans of their Africaness and I hold a view that the young generation will learn a lot about themselves from this particular programme.