‘Umutenge’, a new Zambian drama series aiming at exploring issues of domestic violence will start to air on Zambezi Magic, the DSTV channel. Zambezi Magic already air a number of local production and will soon see the new locally produced drama shown.
MultiChoice Zambia said in a statement, “This September, Zambezi Magic will unveil Zambia’s newest half-week drama series when they introduce viewers to Umutenge, which explores issues of domestic violence. Umutenge aims at exposing culprits and educating victims about the hidden domestic violence acts in a typical Zambian home. Derived from a local proverb which states, ‘the roof of a home you don’t live in is so admirable’, the drama series deliberates issues that spark domestic violence in a relatively comfortable home comprising of a couple, their daughter, and their nephew. Domestic violence having reached alarming levels in the nation, Umutenge was conceptualised to take in hand most openly-unaddressed issues and educate the public about them.”
Zambezi Magic, launched by M-Net, was created to cater to southern African region productions. The production already airs are Spoiler, Snakes and Ladders, City on Fire, Security Guard and Dorika. To be aired soon on the channel are My Perfect Wedding Zambia, My Kitchen Party and the singing competition Dreams.
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