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South African Telenovela 'The River' has Been Nominated for an International Emmy

This is the popular telenovela's first International Emmy nomination.

One of South Africa's beloved telenovelas, The River, has received its first ever International Emmy nomination in the category of "Best Telenovela", according to IOL. The River will go up against other telenovelas from Columbia, Argentina as well as Portugal. The 47th installment of the International Emmy Awards will take place on November 25th of this year and will be held at the Hilton in New York.


The River comprises a star-studded cast with renowned talents such as Sindi Dlathu, Hlomla Dandala, Sello Maake Ka-Ncube and Moshidi Motshegwa, among several others. Dlathu, who is the lead actress of the show, plays the formidable role of Lindiwe Dlamini, a mining mogul whose mine is facing financial ruin. However, after the discovery of a large diamond, a feud begins between her family and another, the Mokoenas, and unspeakable acts driven by greed are committed.

One of the prominent cast members, Dandala, describes the show saying that, "The story is very current, relevant, and is told in a very fresh way. It mirrors what is happening in our own country where the rich people are getting richer, and the poor are getting poorer. I found the script fresh, and I enjoyed the twists in the storyline."

The show, which was created by Gwydion Beynon and Phathutshedzo Makwarela, is an undeniable favorite among the South African audience and regularly trends on social media after each episode airs during the week.

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