MTV Base’s HIV/AIDS awareness show, Shuga, has been confirmed to return for a 5th season.
MTV revealed the cast of the new season today, with former leads Emmanuel Ikubese and Adesua Etomi reprising their previous roles. They will be joined by a number of new faces, including Nick Mutuma and Tanzanian singer Vanessa Mdee.
Shuga is produced by MTV Base and the MTV Staying Alive Foundation. The 5th season is expected to begin production in December in Johannesburg, South Africa. It will focus on sexual and reproductive health issues among South African teenagers and adolescents.
Set in the cool clubs, hangouts and schools of Braamfontein and the fictional township of Zenzele, MTV Shuga will see the return of veteran cast member and former “Mr Nigeria” Ikubese Emmanuel Ifeanyi in the role of Femi, a music promoter from Nigeria who’s been living with HIV for 4 years, while Adesua Etomi reprises the role of Femi’s girlfriend, Sheila. Also returning is South African actress Mohau Mokoatle Cele (who plays dissatisfied teenage singer, Bongi) as is Nick Mutuma’s Leo who’s looking to find some escape from his past actions.
Tanzanian TV and radio personality and recording star Vanessa Mdee will interpret the role of Storm – a dissatisfied trophy wife with a wandering eye. Also joining the cast is Scandal! actor Thuso Mbedu, who will play the role of Ipeleng, an ambitious schoolgirl who’s bringing up her younger brother after the death of her mother, while 17-year old Jezriel Skei, best known for his award-winning turn in 2013 filmFour Corners, will create the new role of soccer-mad macho-man Q or Quinton.
MTV Shuga will premiere on MTV Base (DStv Channel 322)) and BET (DStv channel 129) and other terrestrial broadcasters and other MTV networks and third party broadcasters around the world from 8 March 2017. Other elements of the MTV Shuga campaign will include a radio drama series, peer educator programme, comic book, mobile information service, social media and a range of digital platforms.