Isibaya dominates Africa’s TV soap opera genre

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Africa’s television soap opera, Isibaya has won 10 awards at the glittering inaugural Royalty Soapie Awards, held at the Durban International Convention Centre, South Africa.

Isibaya scooped 10 of the 18 categories, leaving the rest of the spoils to be shared amongst industry heavyweights and top audience-rated shows.

Isibaya, produced by The Bomb Shelter, and broadcast on Mzansi Magic, channel 161 on DStv scooped all the major awards on the night, including Outstanding Soapie, Outstanding Lead Actor (Siyabonga Twala) and Outstanding Lead Actress (Thembi Nyandeni).

As of 17 March 2014, Isibaya will run as a daily soapie.

Isibaya also dominated the technical categories, including Outstanding Directing, Outstanding Art Direction, Outstanding Makeup, Outstanding Casting Director, Outstanding Lighting and Outstanding Editing.

The full list of winners on the night is as follows:

Outstanding Lead Actor: Siyabonga Twala as Mpiyakhe Zungu (Isibaya)

Outstanding Lead Actress: Thembi Nyandeni as Mkabayi Zungu (Isibaya)

Outstanding Male Villain: Robert Whitehead as Barker Haines (Isidingo)

Outstanding Female Villain: Marisa Drummond as Alexa (Binneland)

Outstanding Soapie: Isibaya

Outstanding Supporting Actor: Hennie Jacobs as Diederik for 7de Laan

Outstanding Supporting Actress: Annelize van der Ryst as Matrone Netta Nortje for 7de Laan

Outstanding Couple: Tema Sebopedi and Motlatsi Mafatshe and Sechaba Moloi as Lerato Tsotetsi and Sechaba Moloi-Matabane for Isidingo

Outstanding Newcomer: Simoné Nortmann as Nadia for 7de Laan

Outstanding Make-up and Hair: Isibaya

Outstanding Set Design: The Wild

Outstanding Writing Team: Isibaya

Outstanding Wardrobe: The Wild

Outstanding Art Direction: Isibaya

Outstanding Directing Team: Isibaya

Outstanding Editing Team: Isibaya

Outstanding Casting Director: Kutlwano Ditsele and Angus Gibson for Isibaya

Outstanding Lighting: Isibaya

“After a substantial campaign to bring this project to fruition we are delighted to bestow these honours on soapie practitioners,” said Royalty Soapie Awards Project Director Sindile Xulu.

“We congratulate all the winners and the participants. We believe that through these awards the overall winner will be the industry as a whole, the South African public and indeed audiences all over the world,” concluded Xulu.

The Royalty Soapie Awards were judged by a panel of seasoned television practitioners, media professionals, critics and leading personalities in the entertainment industry.

The results were audited by international audit firm KPMG.

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