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South Africans are Getting Ready for the First Xitsonga Telenovella

"Giyani: Land of Blood" shows that representation of ALL people matters.

South Africa has eleven official languages but some languages are seen to be more equal than others. Whilst isiZulu and isiXhosa are perhaps the more widely spoken of the Bantu languages, TshiVenda and Xitsonga, languages spoken in the eastern part of South Africa, are often marginalized. In a historic television moment, Giyani: Land of Blood, the first Xitsonga telenovella, will be airing on local screens for the first time ever today.


The telenovella is set in a fictional village called Risinga in the real town of Giyani which is in the eastern province of Limpopo. The plot, which is often the case in many South African dramas, centers on a conflict between two powerful families who have been warring over land and the banana plantation built on that land for decades.

Giyani: Land of Blood stars famed singer and humanitarian Yvonne Chaka Chaka and actor Obed Baloyi among many others. The telenovella has been endorsed by "Huku" singer Sho Madjozi and President Cyril Ramaphosa who both hail from Limpopo.

Speaking on the importance of the Xitshonga drama, actor Fumani Shiluvana said:

"For a long time our people have been complaining that our language is not well represented on TV and now a door has been opened for us, but for it to work they need to support us for more opportunities to arise for the Tsonga people through this series."

Watch the trailer for the telenovella below:

Giyani: land of blood - Eps 1 promo (1 April 2019) youtu.be

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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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