Deception is a major theme of e.tv’s new daily drama, Imbewu: The Seed and it plays out almost immediately on the first episode of the show. But at the end of the episode you will once again get a reminder that there is nothing hidden that will not be disclosed.
The series kicks off introducing the Bhengu family. The poor brother, Phakade (Sandile Dlamini) who also happens to be a preacher and still stays in rural Umbumbulu; the rich brother, Zimele (Mpumelelo Bhulose) who is a successful businessman and lives in a palatial home in Umlazi. We also meet their families and also the matriarch, MaNdlovu, played by Thembi Mtshali-Jones.
Leleti Khumalo’s character, MaZulu, married to Zimele has a big secret that only she, MaNdlovu and Phakade know about and that secret is what the show is anchored on. It doesn’t take too long before we are shown the backstory and essentially let in on the secret.
The ramifications of this secret have finally come calling and there’s now a dilemma- will the Bhengu family be able to handle the fallout that’s sure to come?
While the core storyline is about secrets, the secondary storylines are pretty simple. Zimele has different relationships with his two sons- one being the favourite who can do no wrong in his Zimele’s eyes and the other the misunderstood, almost black sheep of the family who also happens to be outspoken and aware that he and his father do not get along. Then there’s the last born, Buhle, who is the apple of her father's eye. She’s the catalyst for all the drama.
Not much is known about Phakade’s family, except for one of his daughter’s being excited about becoming a preacher, like her father. And Phakade? Well, he also has a lot to deal with and is caught between his faith and his family duty, a trope I expect to be used a lot on this show.