We never imagined that world-renowned entrepreneur, author, and philanthropist Bill Gates would be so smitten with our local soapie, Rhythm City.
According to Gates, the soapie portrays how far the country has come since the end of apartheid in a very special way.
Thus, in a recent blog post entitled Five Reasons I’m Hopeful about Africa, the American business magnate listed South African soapie Rhythm City as one of his favourite shows.
Apparently, Gates watched the show while he was attending the International Aids Conference in the country last year.
Gates was invited to South Africa to deliver the 14th Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture in 2016. And from the looks of it, he had a good time and also appreciated what the country had to offer.
Among others, Gates picked special interest in the local soapie Rhythm City and couldn’t help gushing over it. What captured his attention about the show was the different languages used. To him, this shows how far the country had come since the end of apartheid regime.
“When I was in South Africa last year for the International AIDS Conference, I caught a fascinating TV show one night. The show is called ‘Rhythm City’, and it’s the most popular soap opera in South Africa.
“The show, which has characters speaking in the four main languages of South Africa (Xhosa, Zulu, English, and Afrikaans), revolves around people trying to break into the music industry. Some of the storylines are a bit out there.
“When you see the show it really brings home how far South Africa has come since the end of apartheid. You take a step into the lives of everyday South Africans who are dealing with the relationship and business issues you’d see anywhere in the world. As the continent continues to develop and thrive, I predict we’ll see many other shows like this in other countries.”
After applauding the show, Gates went on to predict a future where similar shows will be seen in other countries across the continent.