23 November 2018
Fall in love with the “ninjas” of Is’Thunzi
Is’thunzi took the country by storm when it first aired on Mzansi Magic. The drama series centred around the lives of four friends was quickly labelled as one of the best shows on television.
This is not only because of the talented cast members, but also because of the intriguing storyline that often leaves viewers going through all kinds of emotions. So, why has the show become such a great success? We can think of a few reasons to fall in love with Is’thunzi.
Meet the ninjas
If you have real friends in your life, you should count yourself very lucky. We’re not just talking about those people who are there for you in the good times, but the ones who stick around when life knocks you down.
If you still don’t know what that looks or feels like, just take a look at Winnie, Thishiwe, Londi and Noxolo. These friends, who refer to themselves as “ninjas”, are the ultimate friendship goals.
— Shorty's Kid❤🏹🎶 (@mkhozet) October 5, 2017
Ooh the ninjas though😍 relationship goal,friendship goal, sisterhood goals 😍 #Isthunzi
— Osiris (@QueenMandz) January 2, 2017
As young as they are, they’ve had some of the saddest and harshest life experiences we’ve seen on TV. Imagine losing your parents and having to fend for yourself or being falsely accused of witchcraft because of something your mother did – these are just some of the battles these young women face on the show.
And, for this reason, their bond becomes stronger each day. They’re proof that life is better when you have real people in your corner.
Thuso Mbedu, who plays Winnie, was evidently the breakout star of the show. Don’t get us wrong, every single actor gave a stellar performance and they all deserve awards. However, for two years in a row, it was Thuso who grabbed international attention.
The 27-year-old actress, who hails from KwaZulu-Natal, was nominated in the Best Performance by an Actress category at the International Emmy Awards. Her first nomination was in 2017 and she received a nod again this year.
On Monday, 19 November, Thuso attended the awards in New York City and had tonnes of fans rooting for her. Although she didn’t win, we couldn’t be prouder. She noted that going to the awards was a beautiful way to end the year.
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Yoooh! I’ve never been happier. African artist: the world is your oyster. Keep pushing, keep fighting for your passion. I dare you to be the first POC to fetch that award. Thank you to @iemmys for the nod and recognition. It was a beautiful way to end the year ????♀️ #Chapter27 #BecomingThePromise Photographed by @pixelkollective Dress by @bespoke_kentse Wardrobe sponsored by @capitecbank
Get ready for an emotional rollercoaster
You’d better get those tissues ready because you don’t know when you might need them. At the beginning of this article, we introduced you to the ninjas and briefly told you about their life stories.
As you can imagine, watching people go through hardships – even though it’s just a TV show – is not easy. It doesn’t help that everyone on Is’thunzi is a brilliant actor and makes you feel like what they’re portraying on TV is real life.
Will you cry? Yes, definitely. You might even have moments where you’ll want to press pause just to process all those emotions.
I shed a lil tear, so emotional ?#Isthunzi
— C_Moh (@Cecilia_Mohlala) October 2, 2017
#Isthunzi is an emotional series ??, talented cast, great story line, perfect setting ???
— Sanele Mkhize (@Sanele_Nathi) August 7, 2017
This proves just how good the show is. It has managed to take real-life stories and turned them a hit drama series that’s also relatable.
You can follow the ninjas’ lives by streaming the first season of Is’thunzi on Showmax right now.