Popular
Still taken from trailer video

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

News Brief
Photo: Getty

Here's What You Need To Know About The Political Unrest In Sudan

Thousands have been protesting the Sudanese government over the weekend, supporting the military's plans for a coup.

Sudan's transitional government is in turmoil as thousands of citizens conducted a sit-in protest against them, over the weekend. A group of Sudanese citizens have called on the military to disestablish the nation's current government, as the country struggles with the greatest crisis they've seen since the end of former dictator Omar al-Bashir's controversial ruling, two years ago. The weekend's pro-military protests come as anti-military protestors took to the streets earlier this month to fight for civilian-ruled laws.

Military-aligned demonstrators assembled outside of the famously off-limits entrance of the Presidential Palace located in the Sudanese capital, Khartoum on Monday. Gatherers set up tents, blocking off access to two main intersections, cutting off access to the capital for those inside. Police attempted to wave off crowds with teargas, with Khartoum state officials saying they had, "repelled an attempted assault on the seat of government," in a statement issued Monday.

The assembly was called for by a coalition of rebel groups and political parties that support Sudan's military, accusing the civilian political parties of mismanagement and monopolizing power under their ruling. Demonstrations began on Saturday, but Sunday's gathering saw a lower attendance. According to Reuters, by Monday afternoon, thousands, between 2,000 - 3,000, had returned to voice their concerns. 52-year-old tribal elder Tahar Fadl al-Mawla spoke at the helm of the sit-in outside of the Presidential palace saying, "The civilian government has failed. We want a government of soldiers to protect the transition." Alongside a 65-year-old Ahman Jumaa who claimed to have traveled more than 900 kilometers (570 miles) from Southern region Nyala to show his support.

Protesters are demanding the appointment of a new cabinet that is "more representative of the people who participated in the December 2019 revolution that eventually led to the ousting of former president Omar al-Bashir", Al Jazeera reported from Sudan. Protesters headed towards the Presidential Palace, where an emergency cabinet meeting was being held when they were met by police forces.

Pro-civilian political parties have plans for their own demonstration on Thursday, the anniversary of the 1964 revolution that overthrew Sudan's first military regime under Ibrahim Abboud and brought in a period of democracy that the country still struggles to uphold.


Sudanese Twitter users shared their thoughts online, with many drawing similarities between the current unrest and other political crises the nation has faced.


get okayafrica in your inbox

popular.

Pan-African Streetwear Label Finchitua Goes Intergalactic

Finchitua's newest capsule collection is a dive into future fantasy.