Posted by | Ray Cornelius 

BET Networks is pleased to announce “Madiba,” a three-part saga telling the definitive story of Nelson Mandela, that will air February 1st, 8th and 15, 2017.

“Madiba” will be the cornerstone of BET’s Black History Month programming and stars Oscar-nominated actor, playwright, director, and producer Laurence Fishburne as Nelson Mandela. Orlando Jones and David Harewood will portray Mandela’s closest friends and brothers in the struggle—Oliver Tambo and Walter Sisulu. Michael Nyqvist will take on the role of Dr. H.F. Verwoerd and Terry Pheto will star as Mandela’s second wife, Winnie Mandela.

“Madiba” is based on two Mandela autobiographies, Conversations with Myself and Nelson Mandela by Himself and was shot exclusively in South African and on Robben Island.  The film reveals the behind-the-scenes strategizing and bold organizing tactics he and his collaborators used to bring attention to their movement both domestically and internationally. “Madiba” is relevant in these times of racial unrest and serves as a reminder of the trials of political injustice, and giving us a roadmap of the hope and possibilities that come with being on the right side of history.

The six-hour mini-series is produced and financed by Blue Ice Pictures, and Out of Africa Entertainment Production in association with Cinema Gypsy Productions and executive produced by Blue Ice Pictures’ president, Lance Samuels. The film is also directed by Kevin Hooks, who will be the first African-American director to helm a story about Mandela’s life and legacy.

“Madiba” is written by Paul Webb (Selma), Jane Maggs (The Offering, To the Teeth) Janine Eser, Avie Luthra (Lucky) and Kathleen McGhee-Anderson (The Fosters, Lincoln Heights, Touched by an Angel).

Photo Credit: BET