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Real Talk With Anele Mdoda Sometimes Accepts Payment For Interviews

One of the show's executive producers spills the beans.

Yusuf Stevens, one of the executive producers of the popular talk show told HuffPost South Africa that it is not uncommon for people to pay for exposure on the show.


Stevens says that brands pay for screen time on the show. He added that, however, this was not the Real Talk team's doing, but the SABC's sales representatives'.

"It is important to ensure the show is authentic. It's our job to take directives and make it fitting to the show," he was quoted by HuffPost SA as saying, adding: "We still control the interview, do the research and make it interesting to the viewers. Nobody interferes with our scriptwriting or research process."

The Daily Maverick reported earlier this week that half-a-million rands was paid for Minister of Social Development Bathabile Dlamini to be interviewed on the show, which normally hosts artists.

Department of Social Development spokesperson Lumka Oliphant confirmed on Radio 702 that the department actually paid R5-million to the SABC for media exposure‚ including R149‚000 for the interview with Dlamini.

Stevens maintained that even though the interview with Dlamini was paid for, it wasn't a fluff piece, as is popular opinion.

"Go onto YouTube and watch the show. Some tough questions were asked," Oliphant said. "I don't think it was tainted at all. Mdoda makes sure the integrity of the show is upheld."

You can read the full report here.

Style
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Lukhanyo Mdingi on Making his Paris Fashion Week Debut

We talked to the South African designer who, after co-winning the LMVH Prize last year, showcased his Bodyland Autumn/Winter 22-23 collection in Paris earlier this month.

In 2015, South African designer Lukhanyo Mdingi founded his eponymous label. Inspired by his mother and grandmother who raised him, Mdingi has created a formidable brand that is centered on building a bridge between heritage and timeless fashion pieces. Since the brand’s inception, Mdingi has made great strides in fashion, from his NYFW debut in 2019 to being crowned a joint winner of the 2021 LVMH Karl Lagerfeld Prize.

This year, Mdingi took his vision of Africa to France’s fashion capital, Paris, where he made his Bodyland Autumn/Winter 22-23 debut for the Paris Fashion Week Menswear Collection. Being the first designer on the program schedule to present, Mdingi showcased a collection that spoke of the relationship he shares with himself and the artisans he collaborates with. For the past two years, Mdingi has been working to source his woven textiles and knitwear from crafts communities in Burkina Faso, Somalia, and the Eastern Cape, and the collection featured textural and sartorial nuances paying homage to his being a young Black creative.

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Ayra Starr Proves That She Is Not To Be Toyed With In New Video For 'Beggie Beggie'

The Nigerian superstar joins forces with fellow singer CKay in her latest run at topping the charts.

Nigerian singer Ayra Starr joins forces with fellow Nigerian crooner CKay to bring fans a passionate reminder of how complex romantic relationships can be. The 19-year singer-songwriter has finally gifted us with the accompanying visuals to power ballad 'Beggie Beggie', off of her 2021 debut album 19 & Dangerous.

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The Ebo Sisters on Debuting Their First Feature Film at Sundance

Nigerian-American filmmakers Adamma and Adnanne Ebo are premiering their debut feature film Honk for Jesus. Save Your Soul, starring Regina Hall and Sterling K. Brown at the Sundance Film Festival.

Growing up in Atlanta’s Nigerian community, the church played a big part in the lives of Adamma and Adanne Ebo. So it’s no surprise the identical twin sisters, who founded Ejime Productions (twins in Igbo) together, centered their first feature film around the subject of religion.

Honk for Jesus. Save Your Soul is making its debut at the Sundance Film Festival, with Adamma as writer-director and Adanne as producer, alongside the likes of Regina Hall and Sterling K Brown, who star in the film, and Daniel Kaluuya. The film is a satire on for-profit religion, exploring a couple, played by Hall and Brown, who run a Southern Baptist megachurch trying to manage the aftermath of a scandal.

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