Sneak Peek: ‘Madiba,’ BET’s Nelson Mandela Biopic

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BET is bringing Nelson Mandela’s life to the screen in an epic three part saga entitled, Madiba. The series, which stars Laurence Fishburne in the title role, aims to tell the definitive story of the South African freedom fighter and leader.

Here’s how BET describes the project:

“Based on two Mandela autobiographies, Conversations with Myself and Nelson Mandela by Himself, tells the most personal and comprehensive story of Mandela’s life, focusing on the man, and his innermost thoughts and fears as he fought and sacrificed for freedom to become an international icon. While many recognize Mandela as the face of the Anti-Apartheid Movement, this mini-series also pays homage to the many lesser known men and women who sacrificed and suffered alongside of him in South Africa’s quest for freedom. “

Shot on location throughout South Africa and directed by Kevin Hooks, the first African-American director to helm a story about Mandela’s life and legacy, Madiba will serve as the cornerstone of BET’s Black History Month programming.


In addition to Fishburne, Madiba also stars Orlando Jones, David Harewood, Michael Nyqvist, and Terry Pheto. It will air over three nights, February 1, 8, and 15.