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A look at Isono’s 100 episodes milestone

… as Nigeria’s Fabian Lojede joins as new cast member

ISONO, BET Africa’s first original daily drama, marks 100 episodes since the launch in September 2020. The suspenseful drama brings to audiences authentic African storytelling from love, betrayal, intrigue, twists and turns of the dual nature of human personalities; revelations of self and shadow behavior, which gets community members asking, “What are you hiding?”

ISONO viewers across the African continent were introduced to Mother Mary, played by seasoned actress Nthati Moshesh. Mother Mary hides under the façade of the Mother of The Nation sheltering orphans at the House of Grace. You would never connect this powerful community leader to the shadowy crime, illegal adoption operation, murder and drug business in Vosloorus, which she runs with Gabriel, her henchmen, and AB.

ISONO also celebrates cross- cultural diversity by rounding off the Pan African talent pool that includes Nigerian cast members like Anthony Oseyemi, Christine Osifuye and Chioma Umeala to depict multiple narratives and continental resonance.

The first 100 episodes of ISONO have played an integral content role in tackling societal issues that resonate strongly with audiences across the continent, from gender- based violence to drug and alcohol abuse, as well as, mental health issues.

Monde Twala, senior vice president and general manager at Viacomcbs Networks Africa and BET International Peer Lead, commented, “BET Africa is proud to celebrate this significant milestone, the 100th episode of ISONO. Our intent at BET is to take African storytelling and talent to the world. The daily drama is testament to our commitment to educating global audiences on the richness and nuances of African culture and storytelling. This is a big thank you to our audiences who have inspired us to bring innovative home-grown content production to life.”

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BET Africa’s commitment to driving black excellence and culture equally celebrates powerful women who are forging a path of their own and ISONO provided African women a platform that enables them to tell their stories authentically. In addition to a stellar female cast, ISONO’S narrative and creative direction is steered by Manchester Mahapa as lead writer and director. Mahapa is a remarkable young talent who has created an innovative approach to filmmaking.

Manchester Mahlogonolo Mahapa, said, “The show hitting episode 100 is a major milestone and no easy feat to accomplish, especially under

COVID-19 restrictions. It has been a real learning curve and also nothing short of amazing. We set out to create an authentic daily drama like no other for an African audience and we have seen it land in ways that excites us and show us that there is an appetite for a gritty show like Isono.

The star-studded African talent that headlined the launch of the gripping and suspenseful original daily drama includes; TV thespians Nthati Moshesh, Moshidi

Motshegwa, Rami Chuene, Charmaine Mtinta, Hamilton Dhlamini, Dumisani Mbebe , Bongani Gumede and popular Presenter Lalla Hirayama. Bohang Moeko, Didintle Khunou, Senzo Radebe, TK Sebothoma, Anga ‘ Naakmusiq’ Makubalo, Ayanda Nhlapo and Natasha Thahane, who were cast to play smoking young guns who continuously bring passion, excitement and betrayal to the storyline. The original daily drama welcomed young and rising stars like Kgosi Mongake, Tshepo Ledwaba, Mpho Sibeko and Mpule Matlhola.

BET Africa and Clive Morris Productions introduced new faces and upcoming talent from Dimpho More to Omphemetse Tolo.

The suspenseful original daily drama airs Monday to Thursday on BET AFRICA (Dstv Channel 129) at 21:30 CAT/ 20:30 WAT.

However, Fabian Adeoye Lojede, a Pan-african actor, has been introduced as a new member of the cast of Isono, BET Africa’s original drama series. Lojede joined from April 22, 2021.

The multi-talented actor and producer will be playing the brother of Pastor Abiola – a wandering Nigerian pastor who is serving as a stand-in at a church in Vosloorus, South Africa, following the previous pastor’s suicide.

Fabian began his paid creative career in 1998 as a copywriter and freelance voice-over artist. He has since then grown to become an internationally acclaimed actor, thanks to his unforgettable role as Bola Abayomi in the Pan African drama series Jacob’s Cross in 2007. He also gathered rave reviews for his role in Man On Ground; a film he co-produced, which premiered at the Toronto Film Festival and screened at the Berlin Film festival and Dubai film festival.

Commenting on the recent development, Twala said, “Beyond serving as an authentic means of celebrating our African heritage through powerful storytelling, Isono also promotes the best of African talent. Fabian is an accomplished actor that has worked extensively in South Africa’s creative space for the past 18 years. With his arrival on scene as a member of Pastor Abiola’s family, I am confident that he will add a fresh burst of energy to the Isono drama series”.

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