“Ntwakgolo,” a television series that aims to inspire and spark behavioural change in Botswana, premiered its much-awaited Season 2 on January 17 on Btv.
With a prime slot of 8pm every Wednesday, the show is mandated to educate and raise awareness about issues relating to HIV/AIDS. It is expected to air around 26 consecutive episodes featuring an all local cast, blending seasoned and newcomer actors and actresses.
Renowned names in the film industry like John ‘Mazabathi’ Makhandla and Loretta Mekgwe of MmaRamotswe and Pelokgale fame make appearances this season.
The first episode of the show promised a great season with exciting scenes all round. On the series, Mazabathi, who is used to sleeping with young girls in exchange for money, refused to accept his HIV/AIDS results that indicated that he was positive. He was adamant that he was not sick.
An excited first time television actor, Ratang Olatotse, who plays ‘Skapi,’ says he enjoys playing the character as it is the direct opposite of the person he is: “Unlike Skapi, I am well-mannered and come from a not so wealthy family. Thus I strive to work hard at school. But I enjoy the role because I get to experience how it’s like to behave like cool kids,” he says.
Skapi is the son of a drug dealer who disregards the importance of education. He says the message behind his character is to sensitise the young to the importance of acquiring education and that irrespective of family background, everyone has a choice in life.
“Ntwakgolo” is produced by veteran filmmaker Thabiso Maretlwaneng who, through his company, DeeZone Productions, has produced the likes of “Pula Power”
and “Trends,” which are both lifestyle shows.