SgELA drama series to air on Moja Love

GABORONE 18 June 2024, Director of the TV drama series SgEla Thabiso Maretlwaneng during the launch of SgEla at the New Capitola cinema at River Walk in Gaborone on 18 June 2024 PIC: Monirul Bhuiyan/PRESS PHOTO)
GABORONE 18 June 2024, Director of the TV drama series SgEla Thabiso Maretlwaneng during the launch of SgEla at the New Capitola cinema at River Walk in Gaborone on 18 June 2024 PIC: Monirul Bhuiyan/PRESS PHOTO)

It is evident that Botswana has raw talent that needs to be exposed to the world more especially in the film and television industry.

This has been made evident in various television dramas and films shot in the country by very talented producers, with quality pictures and brilliant acting. But it is sad that most of those brilliant pieces never get a chance to be showcased in local television stations for reasons unknown. That led to most of the local talent seeking airplay from international television stations. Amongst them is a new local edutainment drama series that will be showcasing on a South Africa television channel, Moja Love, dubbed SgELA produced by Dee-Zone Productions.

The series will be showcased on July 15, 2024 at 5pm. It shows the social ills in schools such as the abuse of illicit drug abuse, teenage pregnancy, bullying, incest and defilement (where some teachers have intimate relationship with students). SgELA is a 26 episode teen drama that not only delves into adolescents' social ills and behavioural challenges but also uniquely explores the conflict between traditional and cultural beliefs in this era. It is a Botswana story that transcends borders and presents a shared continental narrative. The story could have not come at the right time as it comes at a time where many students and pupils locally are not doing well academically due to various reasons including social ills and bad behaviour of students towards their peers and teachers. Speaking at SgELA premier launch in Gaborone, MultiChoice Botswana managing director, Stephanie Pillay, highlighted how Multichoice believes Africans are the best storytellers of African stories. “I am excited as we celebrate the launch of a new chapter in Botswana's entertainment history with the arrival of SgEla on DStv! At MultiChoice Botswana, we've always believed in the power of local stories, stories that resonate with our hearts, reflect our unique culture, and showcase our immense talent. This captivating series is a testament to the unwavering dedication and creativity of our local filmmakers, actors, and production crews. They have poured their souls into crafting a show to entertain, spark conversations, inspire, and leave a lasting impression,” she said.

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