The Kingdom - uKhakhayi is a South African television drama series created by Zuko Nodada and Thobani Mbhele and produced by Ingomso Film Skills and Youth Development production company, which revolves around a royal AmaBhaca tribe, who live in the uMzimkhulu area in KwaZulu-Natal.
The story picks up after the death of the chief, Chief Zwelakhe, and explores the inheritance battle that erupts in the family afterwards.
The kingdom is currently under the leadership of Jezebomvu, a ruthless and cunning paramount chief on a quest for power. This power struggle leaves the family divided into two camps, one camp is led by the matriarch of the house and the other by Jezembovu.
The drama explores traditional customs and the inner workings of African royalty.
The series stars Sthembiso Khoza as Madoda, Mncedisi Shabangu as Jezebomvu, Tumie Ngumla as Zamampondo, Noxee Maqashalala as Nopasika, Tembela Mgandela as Nomabhaca, Melusi Yeni as Sabelo and Wiseman Mncube as Mfanufikile.
The series also features Chumani Pan as Mayenzeke, Marietjie Bothma as Noxolo, Rod Alexander as Jordaan, radio personality Putco Mafani as the Mpondo King and Nomsa Xaba as Ma'Zulu.
The rural drama was created by Zuko Nodada and Thobani Mbhele of Ingomso Film Skills and Youth Development production house, which was co-created by Dumisani Mbebe, Zuko Nodada and Mawande Magadla, who are the executive producers on the series. The executive producer for e.tv was Ndabenhle Buthelezi.
Loyiso Maqoma is the head writer. The first episode was written by Ryan Yamba and directed by Zuko Nodada.
Nopasika played by Noxee Maqashalala
As in the case of her husband Jezembovu, status and position is important to Nopasika. She is a haughty woman that looks down on those beneath her. She knows her husband's history and supports him in his quest to reclaim the kingdom.
Jezembovu played by Mncedisi Shabangu
Cunning chameleon Jezembovu is an ambitious man that knows how to play the political game. A charming salesman, master manipulator and a cutthroat competitor. He's a man that has his finger constantly on the pulse of the community to ensure that he is always popular and has their respect.
Zamampondo played by Tumie Ngumla
Zamapondo is the daughter of the Mpondo King (played by Putco Mafani). The Mpondo nation are situated next to the Bhacas and are in the same territory albeit under different kingdoms. She pursued her medical studies at UCT and has since returned to be of service to her people. She's a doctor at the local clinic.
She is an epic hero, a passionate young woman and a doomed romantic lover. She fears not living a purposeful life and being mediocre. She fights for a cause and doesn't give up.
Nomabhaca played by Tembela Mgandela
Noma'Bhaca, even as a child has always been smarter than the adults around her. She finds that she cares more for others than she cares about herself. She's a girl that has little regard for material possessions. She does have a sense that she's being called to something far greater than herself. She stands up for what she believes in no matter the cost.
Mayenzeke played by Chumani Pan
Mayenzeke is a playboy, a risk taker, an adventurer and an escape artists. To him, life is one big adventure without limitations or restrictions. He's the kind of guy that at all times keeps his options open, never wanting to be trapped, cornered or tied down. He's a guy that always has an escape plan.
Madoda played by Sthembiso Khoza
In anything he does he has to be in charge. Madoda is naturally a boss and an enforcer. He can never be dominated by anyone- he has to be in control. He doesn't trust easily and can be a ruthless man. He's a hard man and you either stand with him or against him.
Ma'Zulu played by Nomsa Xaba
Matriarch of the family, Ma'Zulu is a hard woman who is a harsh wielder of justice. She's loved and feared by her people, but there is never any doubt amongst them that she always acts in their interest.
Sabelo played by Melusi Yeni
He is the mediator of the family, doesn't like confrontation and always strives to keep the peace. He likes to listen to all points of view and consider all sides.
Mfanufikile played by Wiseman Mncube
Mfanufikile is Sabelo's younger brother and Madoda's half-brother. He's an idealist that believes he has something to offer the world. He doesn't like to compromise or settle and yearns for an opportunity to prove what he is made of.
Noxolo played by Marietjie Bothma
Noxolo is Ma'Zulu's surrogate daughter and helps her in all aspects of her life. She's bubbly and doesn't take things lying down. In her true nature, she is an investigator and always wants to know what is going on in her surroundings.
Jordaan played by Rod Alexander
Jordaan is a local priest and Ma'Zulu's most trusted ally. He is a noble defender of justice and believes one should always do well to society. He lives to be a good example and challenges everyone to do the same.
The series originally aired on e.tv on Tuesdays at 21h05, after The Powerball Draw game show. The show began broadcasting double bills from 20h30 - 21h30 (separated by The Powerball Draw) from Tuesday 9 August 2016, beginning with Episode 19. The change in scheduling was to fill the 20h30 timeslot after Jongo ended the week before.
Season 1 Cast
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Sthembiso Khoza ... Madoda (as Sthembiso "SK" Khoza)
Mncedisi Shabangu ... Jezebomvu
Tumie Ngumla ... Zamampondo
Noxee Maqashalala ... Nopasika (as Noxolo Maqashalala)
Tembela Mgandela ... Nomabhaca
Melusi Yeni ... Sabelo
Wiseman Mncube ... Mfanufikile
Recurring / Guests
Chumani Pan ... Mayenzeke
Nomsa Xaba ... Ma'Zulu
Themba Ncusana ... Siwela
Marietjie Bothma ... Noxolo (as Maritjie Bothma)
Rod Alexander ... Jordaan
Momelezi Ntshiba ... Nkintsela
Sthembiso Mhlongo ... Hashtag
Thabani Mhlobo ... Elder
Siyabonga Sibinja ... Thembela
Chwayita Mdzinwa ... Khonzeka (as Chwayta Mdzinwa and Chwayita Mdzinwaz)
Masibulele Sonyabasha ... Nonkobe
Andile Shezi ... Patron 1
Sfiso Nodada ... Patron 2
Buntu Tembela ... Mthunzi
Sthe Khumalo ... Mawawa
Putco Mafani ... Mtunzima
Sizwe Blose ... Bongani
Andy Makaula ... C.E.O
Likho Malinga ... Xolile
Nokulunga Vilakazi ... Nompuku
Willie Tshipape ... JZ's Goon 1
Siviwe Phaswana ... JZ's Goon 2
Siphesihle Zondi ... Captain
DJ Happy Gal ... Policewoman
Slie Pooe ... Nomthandazo
Likho Malinga ... Xolile
Busani Mbili ... Repo Man
Bhekani Biyela ... Fake Councillor 1
Mziwakhe Mangumta ... Fake Councillor 2
Bhekani Shabalala ... Chief Biyela
Reggie Ndlovu ... Prince
Ngabadi ... Dabi