It’s often said that God helps those who help themselves and in the new drama series, Abomama, we will see four religious women take it upon themselves to turn tragedy into a blessing.
Set in Soweto and Ferndale, the Parental Advisory Productions produced drama examines and challenges the ideas of faith and sin when four close women are sucked into the criminal underworld and forced to turn their stokvel into a money-laundering scheme.
The drama begins when Thabang (Kgosi Mongake), the brother of soft-spoken Mapule (Nokuthula Ledwaba) is arrested, for the umpteenth time, but this time tells her he has hidden R2 million away for her and his daughter to use. Unbeknownst to Mapule, the money belongs to Bonanza (Kenneth Nkosi), local heist king and butcher, who Thabang has now double crossed. Mapule takes the news to her prayer group and stokvel ladies, where Fumane (Joyce Skefu) the pastor’s wife comes up with the plan to use the evil money to do good.
Respected and loved by the community, Fumane’s actions help her to find the power outside her controlling husband (Don Mlangeni Nawa) who is more concerned about his church and image than his wife. Fumane becomes of real service to the church and community. However, she begins to get tempted by power and it remains to be seen whether this archangel of Soweto will stay true to what she stands for.
Also part of the prayer group is Dora (newcomer Unathi Guma) and Tshidi (Khanyi Mbau). Dora is a jolly, former alcoholic with a problematic spending impulse. She is everyone’s favourite person at church but hides a dark secret and so does Tshidi; an approval seeking former ghetto queen turned suburban wife who’s married to a reputable doctor (Leroy Gopal).
“What makes Abomama relatable are these women who represent the mothers, sisters and grandmothers who hold our society together. The drama aims to show these everyday women as they grapple with temptations, weaknesses, strengths, miracles and victories. Abomama reveals the extraordinary lives of ordinary women,” said M-Net’s Director of Local Entertainment Channels, Reneilwe Sema.
Adding to the five-star cast are Masechaba Mtolo, Sekoati Tsubane, Gabriel Mini and veteran favourite, Jerry Phele.
What will these bible clutching women do when they come face to face with their own demons: will they invite them in or pray even harder?
Tune into Mzansi Magic (DStv Channel 161) on the 8th of April at 8pm to find out.