When he toured Bulawayo before and after premièring the final screening of the MTV’s Shuga: Down South series, South African actor Ayanda Makayi who plays Sol on the educational series revealed there were a lot of stories to be told about Bulawayo.
As if that is not enough, the connection he had with his fans and the language similarities between the City of Kings and Jozi left him longing to tell a Bulawayo story played by himself.
Most youths in Bulawayo cross the Limpopo in search of greener pastures and job opportunities, along the way they face different obstacles like xenophobia and ill-treatment at their workplaces.
This is one story that Makayi is willing to portray.
“There is a lot in common between where I am based (Johannesburg) and Bulawayo and this made me fall in love and appreciate the city and its people because only national boundaries separate us.
“There are many youths that come to South Africa from Bulawayo searching for jobs. However, xenophobia affects them everyday even at workplaces. My connection with Bulawayo has made me wish to tell a story of a Bulawayo boy who travels to the city of gold in search of greener pastures,” said Makayi in an interview with B-Metro.
Makayi was in the city last week alongside Mamarumo Marokane who plays Dineo on the Shuga: Down South series.
They toured local institutions including National University of Science and Technology (Nust), Lupane State University (LSU) and Catholic University where they interacted with youths raising awareness on HIV/Aids, sexually transmitted infections (STI’s), teenage pregnancies and gender-based violence.
Makayi interacted with fans at different night spots. Apart from the Shuga: Down South series, the Eastern Cape-born actor also featured on Igazi which premieres on Mzansi Magic.