Hey guys! MTV’s Shuga is back, better and even hotter with some of its previous actors joined by a new cast. Shuga is an award-winning edutainment drama produced by the MTV Staying Alive Foundation and MTV Base that has actively changed behaviour relating to HIV prevention and has focused on relevant issues like stigma, prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV, gender based violence, first sex, and disclosure of HIV status. After successfully drawing special attention to issues affecting young people in Kenya and Nigeria for nearly a decade, the show is focusing on the issues of sexual and reproductive health among teenagers and young women in South Africa this season.
Talented actors on the 5th season of the show include; Emmanuel Ikubese (who plays Femi, a music promoter from Nigeria who has been living with HIV for 4 years), Adesua Etomi (plays Sheila, Femi’s girlfriend), Vanessa Mdee (plays Storm, a dissatisfied trophy wife with a wandering eye), Thuso Mbedu (plays Ipeleng, an ambitious schoolgirl who is bringing up her younger brother after their mother’s death), Mohau Mokoatle Cele (plays Bongi, a dissatisfied teenage singer), Jezriel Skei (plays Quinton, the cool dude in school with good looks, athletic ability and a cool girlfriend), fine boy Nick Mutuma who is probably the first African actor I had a crush on (plays Leo who is looking to find some escape from his past actions).
Others include Given Stuurman (Reggie), Samkelisiwe Makhob (Khensani), Stephanie Sandows (Tsholo), Ayanda Makayi (Sol), Clint Brink ( Rakeem), Lerato Walaza (Zamo), Muzi Mthembu (Diliza) and Phila Mazibuko (DJ Coalstove).
Another bold move is the story-line that will include plots relating to the LGBT community which is not usually addressed in African cinema. With restrictions broadcasting this content in countries where its illegal to be gay, MTV Shuga will offer stations two versions of MTV Shuga – Down South and Pan African but viewers can access uncensored episodes on the MTV Shuga website.
MTV Shuga will premiere on MTV Base (DStv Channel 322) and BET (DStv channel 129) and third party broadcasters around the world from 8 March 2017. Below is the trailer for MTV Shuga:Down South