BY Mthokozisi Dube
The national broadcaster’s resolve to promote local content is receiving overwhelming response from tertiary institutions, with former students and staff at the Midlands State University (MSU) having their 1215 soapie premiering on ZBC TV.
1215 is a soapie which depicts the untold story of Zvishavane’s local content contribution. Made up of a cast consisting of former students and staff at the Midlands State University’s Zvishavane campus, the soapie seeks to highlight the theme of deceit as portrayed by two protagonists Baba Dhadha and Mai Dhadha.
Mai Dhadha is involved in infidelity but later realises that not all that glitters is gold.
According to Baba Dhadha, real name Brighton Munaku, the soap is an inspiration to film and theatre students to professionalise theatre.
“We are happy our first episode was aired but more importantly we want to inspire our film and theatre students to tap into their talent.”
For Ropafadzo Chaerera, Mai Dhadha in the film, her role serves as a lesson for men in society to care for their loved ones to curb issues of infidelity.
“My role is to articulate to men that women need extra care in their marriage. Cases of infidelity are solely blamed on women without unravelling the root cause.
MSU Zvishavane Campus Director Professor Advice Viriri says the initiative by the film and theatre students resonates well with the education 5.0 thrust of producing learners who can create employment after graduating.
“We are happy our students have scored a first in supporting local content. This is very important to us as it is in line with Education 5.0 where learners should create employment from their studies.”
Other characters featuring in the soapie are Bla Diva, a wife snatcher and Bamnini Joe, a character at the centre of rumour-mongering.