Widows Unveiled is a 10-part Showmax Original that follows the lives of five women who were married to public figures who passed away.
The reality series documents the journey of each woman from pain to triumph as they navigate the drama and scandal that followed the death of their husbands.
Produced by Passionlane Productions, the brains behind Mzansi Magic’s SAFTA-nominated hit show Uthando Nes’thembu, the show features a cast that includes PR specialist and marketing professional Lerato Sengadi, the widow of Motswako legend HHP; entrepreneur, award-winning philanthropist, executive producer of Nkalakatha: The Life of Mandoza, and stroke survivour Mpho Tshabalala, the widow of musician Mandoza; broadcaster and philanthropist Sikelelwa Ngubane, the widow of actor Menzi Ngubane; businesswoman Fundiswa Molefe, the widow of businessman John Molefe; and businesswoman Lerato Maphatsoe, the widow of former Defence Minister Kebby Maphatsoe.
The cast revealed that they wanted to share their stories as an encouragement to other women in similar positions. Maphatsoe assured viewers that they can expect a lot of discomfort and honesty from each lady’s storyline.
She emphasised that the show is authentic and unscripted, and it reflects their realities.
Molefe expressed her motivation for joining the show, stating that she hopes her story will resonate with other women who are experiencing similar challenges.
Sengadi highlighted the difficulties faced by Black widows and the societal stigma associated with widowhood. She aims to show that it’s okay to talk about the pain and the journey to rediscovering oneself after loss.
Tshabalala emphasized the importance of prioritizing peace and rebuilding after loss.
Ngubane shared her initial hesitation to join the show but ultimately decided to share her story to help other women going through similar experiences.
Executive producer Tsholofelo Semenya believes it is time for the widows’ stories to be told, as their experiences resonate with many women
She emphasized the need to showcase the journey of rebuilding after loss.
Widows Unveiled will be available for streaming on Showmax from February 12,2024, with new episodes released weekly.