Hit tracks have been written about him; he is a consistent subject of social media memes; and now the life of controversial self-proclaimed prophet Shepherd Bushiri will be made into a TV drama series.
The Moja Love production team is working on Bushiri: Inkalakatha, which is set to air next year.
With a cast of more than 1 600 actors and set to be filmed in more than 35 locations, the series is billed to become one of Moja Love’s most ambitious productions after hit show Uyajola 9/9.
“Our aim is to make sure that this is a historically accurate project. We want it to be accurate, dramatic and entertaining all the way, and to become one of the biggest commercial successes in the history of South African television viewership,” said Moja Love chief executive Aubrey Tau.
The concept was written three years ago by a team of writers and researchers who include producer and TV writer Bongi Ndaba, as well as former City Press journalist Ntombizodwa Makhoba, who visited Bushiri’s home country Malawi in 2019.
Production of the 13-part drama series is set to start in January.
“Our viewers are addicted to the type of shows that we give them and this project won’t be different. On satellite, Uyajola 9/9 is still the most watched programme in the history of pay TV.
“We think Bushiri: Inkalakatha will beat Uyajola 9/9’s numbers or be the second. We are on the way to making history with our television series and changing the way the industry approaches things.”
Even though they did not work with Bushiri directly, the researchers worked closely with people who are associated with the controversial pastor, who detailed undocumented parts of his life, including how he arrived in the country without money and rose to power and fame.
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