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A South African Remake of ‘Ugly Betty’ Is On The Way

Curious to see what Ugly Betty in a South African context will look like.

The US series, Ugly Betty will get a South African remake.

Variety reports that Betty La Fea, the Colombian telenovela that inspired Ugly Betty, has been opted by South Africa's Known Associates Entertainment for a local adaptation.


"It is a great pleasure to be able to bring this evergreen home to South African audiences, and we are looking forward to finding the best broadcaster for the series," Known Associates chairman Joel Phiri was quoted as saying by Variety. "We intend to make it along much the same lines as the other successful Ugly Bettys: with a local flavor, and in South African languages."

Ugly Betty originally aired on ABC between 2006 and 2010. The sitcom focused on a young woman named Betty Suarez who landed a job at a fashion magazine even though she wasn't stylish and didn't know much about fashion. The show was a hit, but its ratings dropped in the third season, leading to its cancelation in 2010.

In South Africa, Ugly Betty aired on SABC 3 in 2012.

We are curious to see how the South African spin-off of the sitcom will look like and how it will be received. There is currently no premiere date, and Known Associates Entertainment is still in talks with SA TV channels about airing the show.

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Angélique Kidjo on Africa Day: 'We demand not to be at the mercy of our circumstances anymore.'

We speak to the inimitable Angélique Kidjo who shares some of her refreshing thoughts on Africa Day.

Today is Africa Day and while primarily a commemoration of the formation of the African Union (AU) back in 1963, it has also become an opportunity to unapologetically celebrate Africa while providing a moment for reflection on how far we've come as a continent and as a people.

With this year's theme focused on "Silencing the Guns in the context of the COVID19", there has never been a more important time for deep reflection on our collective present and future as Africans.

And who better to share in that reflection than the legendary and inimitable Beninese musician Angélique Kidjo? A fierce African and artist who has paved the way for many of her contemporaries including Burna Boy, Davido, Thandiswa Mazwai, and several others, the four-time Grammy award winner emphasises the urgent need for unity among Africans. 'It's about time that people start realising that Africa is a continent. I've been saying this my entire career,' she says passionately.

OkayAfrica spoke briefly to Kidjo who shared some of her refreshing thoughts on this year's Africa Day.

This interview has been edited for length and clarity.

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