Nqobile Khumalo plays the title role in Mzansi Magic’s thrilling drama, Nqobile. Picture: Supplied
Nqobile Khumalo plays the title role in Mzansi Magic’s thrilling drama, Nqobile. Picture: Supplied

’Nqobile’ deserves high praise for its gripping slice of life story and stellar casting

By Debashine Thangevelo Time of article published Jul 15, 2021

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SA’s local content deserves to be celebrated as much as international content, if not more.

From our exceptionally gifted creators, actors and behind the scenes crew, we are producing world-class content while staying true to our roots.

“Nqobile”, a new 13-part drama series, is a testament to our great storytelling.

This slice of home-grown life, which is created and produced by Ayanda Borotho, Adze Ugah and Nobuntu Webster, is a gritty and compelling watch.

Nqobile Khumalo, who fans will recall from “Scandal!” and “Isibaya”, is formidable as the title character in “Nqobile”.

She taps into a wide gamut of emotions, evolving from a grief stricken and abused wife to a pioneering businesswoman.

The series opens with flashbacks of her son drowning in the family pool. This has created a huge rift between her husband Simo (Kagiso Modupe) and her.

Simo’s attitude towards Nqobile is repulsive. To him, she’s a painful reminder of the son he lost. Her entrepreneurial nature is a threat to him.

He tries to stifle her at every turn. Meanwhile, his father George (Magic Hlatshwayo) is Nqobile’s greatest advocate.

When she comes up with a revolutionary idea of a female-led e-hailing service, she not only impresses their biggest client, she also cements her future as the company’s CEO.

This unforeseen development threaten a philandering Simo’s dodgy business deadlines with the Black Widow (Lilian Dube).

“Nqobile” incorporates daily struggles, from taxi wars, hijackings and gender-based violence, into its narrative.

The stellar cast, adroit direction and poignancy of the storytelling will strike a chord with the viewer.

“Nqobile” airs on Mzansi Magic (DStv channel 161) on Mondays at 8pm.

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