Tanzania’s Vanessa Mdee secures first acting role in MTV Shuga Season 5

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Great news! MTV Shuga season 5 is cooking and they have already announced the cast for the new season.

Vanessa Mdee, Thuso Mbedu, Mohau Mokoatle Cele, Jezriel Skei, Emmanuel Ifeanyi, Nick Mutuma and Adesua Etomi are to head up the talented ensemble cast for the upcoming fifth series of MTV Shuga.

Produced by the MTV Staying Alive Foundation and MTV Base, MTV Shuga, an award-winning ”edutainment” drama that has been proven to actively change behaviour relating to HIV prevention, is going into production in Johannesburg in December, turning its lens on the issues of sexual and reproductive health among teenagers and young women in South Africa.




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 “Four Corners” (2013) will create the new role of soccer-mad macho-man “Q” or “Quinton”.

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.

MTV Shuga will premiere on MTV Base and BET and other terrestrial broadcasters and other MTV networks and third party broadcasters around the world from 8 March 2017.

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