Africa’s rich and famous are back on our screens thanks to the drama-filled reality show ‘Young, Famous, and African.’
In its second season, the reality TV show has introduced new characters, relationships, and a heaping dollop of theatrics.
The show is unabashedly African, and it is the first of its sort. It follows a group of famous, wealthy young media stars from around the continent and their escapades in Johannesburg, South Africa; their relationships, families, and professional lives, among other things, are examined in a real-life soap opera.
It takes audiences on a journey through the lives of some of Africa’s elite, from fashion designers to artists, actresses, and social media influencers; the cast is a diverse mix of talent and ambition.
Diamond Platnumz returns in the new season, along with his baby mama, Ugandan socialite Zari Hassan; South Africans Khanyi Mbau; Nadia Nakai; Andile Ncube; Quinton aka ‘Naked DJ’ Masina; Kayleigh Schwark; and Nigeria’s Annie Macauley Idibia; and Swanky Jerry.
The nine stars are joined by some new talents ready to stir things up, including Queen B herself, Bonang Matheba, socialite Sebabatso Motsibi, Ghanaian-American musician Fantana, Namibian-born entrepreneur and former Big Brother Africa housemate Luis Funana, and model Rosette Ncwana, to make it messy and spicy.
“When watching Young, Famous, and African, I pause and take a couple of minutes to scream into the air, then resume,” writes a fan on Twitter.
This reaction is unsurprising given that the popular Netflix reality TV series continues to serve up luxury, success, and plenty of ego.
The nine-episode reality show is filled with numerous talks and minor incidents that should not have been exaggerated. But that is the type of drama that audiences want to see.
“I’ve been watching Young, Famous, and African on Netflix and can’t decide who is the most toxic out of Swanky, Bonang, and Zari. Yoh, they are a lot!” Morgan adds Morgan to the same thread.
“Must you know everything about your friends? The way people don’t respect boundaries in this young, famous, and African is so disturbing. I’m worried for my friend only because it’s gossip. Terrible lots…” writes Zaza Ibobo.
The blend of old and new cast members may have resulted in the perfect disaster.
It’s all glitz, glamour, and drama, from their attire to the cars they drive, but we also get a glimpse into the genuine lives of African celebrities, their difficulties, worries, and personalities.
Some viewers are left heartbroken by the account of how “worldly” things cost Namibian Luis Munana a bond with his family in a 30-minute show timeframe.
After seeing the nine episodes, one can feel envious of their wealth. 15 African A-list celebrities have beauty, fortune, brains, and other attributes, but fundamental decency is not on their agenda.
The ladies, dubbed “Queens,” fight over a man who is uninterested in any of them.
“Young, Famous, and African is just drama after drama!” “I’m like, Lawd, y’all can’t have one decent conversation,” Diana Nae said.
Drama accompanies them wherever they go, and they fight and scream at the top of their lungs whenever they can.
Season two is fantastic; some dynamics shift, and the lengthier season sequence allows everyone to grow with each event.
The drama can be overbearing, but it’s hilarious to witness what they say to each other and how they treat each other when they disagree.
Each cast member has a distinct personality that audiences can learn from.
“Young, famous, and African makes me want to visit South Africa,” says Emmanuel K.
Chibu Dangote is another notable example. Diamond Platinum‘s English growth has shocked many of his fans and admirers in the second season.
“I’m here for Diamond’s English improvement,” a fan named Maggie said.
Diamond’s first season was received with criticism of his English as he struggled to make words, despite being known for hit songs such as “Iyo,” “Waah,” and many others.
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Simba, on the other hand, grew bigger and better in the second season. demonstrating to fans that he did attend his lessons and accomplished something.