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7 Take Outs From Dineo’s Diary: The Secret Behind The Show’s Success

The ‘real’ in reality shows is a bone of much contention, but Dineo’s Diary continues to break new grounds of authenticity, drama and really opening up. Here’s 7 reasons her reality shows has worked.



South African reality shows are notorious for simply getting it very wrong – and you know this. But Dineo Ranaka’s Dineo’s Diary has maintained a captivating momentum that has propelled the show to 4 seasons, and counting. Why do we keep tuning in and how does she keep the standard? We did a full audit into the success behind Dineo’s Diary and here’s the full report on why it is by far the best reality show Mzansi has.

Well, it’s Quite REAL

We will not go as far as saying Dineo’s Diary is the realest of the reality shows in this part of the world, but it’s damn tempting! From the word go, the show let it’s hair down right down to the dandruff. You watch the show at times and think, you know this stuff goes down in black households hey.

Besides, the ‘real’ in reality shows is a bone of much contention, so it’s refreshing to watch one where you aren’t constantly thinking, ‘Please. So scripted!’.

Dineo’s Open Book Policy

Dineo Ranaka has completely opened the door into her life and really lets the camera capture some of the most personal, intimate and sometimes ugly moments of her life. In between the seasons, we’ve seen her spiritual journey, in fighting within the family and feuds with her friends, glass throwing, break ups and everything in between.

More recently though, Ranaka invited us inside a session with a traditional healers during which details on her personal life and family history were lain bare for all. While other local reality shows tread carefully to portray the cast’s lives in ways that do not dwell on the gritting aspects of their lives, Dineo has allowed us to see it all.

She Calls A Spade A Spade

One of the reasons we love not only the show but Dineo herself, is that the element of authenticity threads all the scenes. And let’s be honest, there are times where you think ‘girl, you wanna take it down a notch right now’. But whether you are siding with her or not, you are getting it as it is straight from her mouth.

Perfect Balance of Fierceness & Vulnerable

Dineo has said herself that she is quite aggressive at times. And yes we know about the screams, thrown bottles, botched lunches and all, but we also see her breaking down, exhausted, worrying about her kids, her success, her adequacy, her family. Therein lies the ‘human’ element.


Yup, she brings it!

Going All The Way

Again, how many scenes have you been stunned when watching the show and thinking, did you really just add this scene stealing your mom’s bed?


Young black ambitious people totally relate to this show and all the dramas. We do.

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Black Panther: Wakanda Forever to land on Disney+ in February

Welcome to Wakanda!




Black Panther Wakanda Forever

Fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe are in for a treat. Disney+ has announced that 1 February marks the arrival of Marvel Studios’ “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.” The blockbuster will be joining 16 other on the streaming platform.


Queen Ramonda (Angela Bassett), Shuri (Letitia Wright), M’Baku (Winston Duke), Okoye (Danai Gurira) and the Dora Milaje (including Florence Kasumba) fight to protect their nation from intervening world powers in the wake of King T’Challa’s death.

As the Wakandans strive to embrace their next chapter, the heroes must band together with the help of War Dog Nakia (Lupita Nyong’o) and Everett Ross (Martin Freeman) and forge a new path for the kingdom of Wakanda. Introducing Tenoch Huerta Mejía as Namor, ruler of a hidden undersea nation, the film also stars Dominique Thorne, Michaela Coel, Mabel Cadena and Alex Livinalli.

“Black Panther: Wakanda Forever,” directed by Ryan Coogler and produced by Kevin Feige and Nate Moore, is now playing in theaters. 

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The Shocking Fallout of Black Motion

Tensions have reportedly escalated.




They are one of South Africa’s most revered music duos.

Their discography packs both blockbuster club bangers and lush delights for lovers of House with a transcendental African sonic flair. And the explosive fallout of Black Motion, which has been splashed across the internet long before reaching the courts, has shocked many.

Loved for their electrifying live performances and awe-inspiring chemistry, Mörda and Smol have always seemed like musical soulmates. But that relationship seems to have reached a bitter end.

In 2022, rumours of their reported split triggered a frenzy on the internet. Following the uproar, the group’s members Bongani Mohosana, who now goes as Mörda, and Smol (real name Roy Thabo Mabogwane), jointly calmed fears that they had fallen out.

It had been said the break would be temporary, as Mörda moved to focus on the release of his solo studio album.

Far from it, it now seems. The parties have escalated things to court.

According to reports, Black Motions have confirmed that they had pressed charges against Mörda for alleged housebreaking and theft.

A court order by the High Court in Gauteng posted on social media has ordered Morda to “restore possession of a recording studio apparatus” to the group by 13 January, at 5pm. 

Black Motion shared snaps of the alleged damage caused by Morda – a broken door and stolen equipment.


It looks like we won’t be getting a new Black Motion album with Mörda anytime soon.

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Reality Shows

Inside the Big Brother Titans Premiere!

South Africa and Nigeria unite under Biggie’s roof.




Sunday, 15 February 2023, marks the roaring arrival of BBTitans.


The highly anticipated social experiment brings under Biggie’s roof housemates from both South Africa and Nigeria. And for 72 days, we will be splashed with the finest in South African and Nigerian swag, banter, romance and all the trappings of a fun-filled, dramatic and – we’d hope – an entertaining show.

A first of its kind, the social experiment assembles the most colourful personalities from the two nations to outwit, outplay and outsmart each other in a bid to get their hands on a massive bag, life-changing bag!

In addition to a number of lofty prizes that will likely be on the line throughout the season, the winner of the show will also be walking away, a whopping grand prize of US $100 000 (over R1,7 million) is up for grabs for the one who trounces his Housemates to charm audiences across the continent.

That’s not all; the amount of social capital, celebrity and opportunities for lucrative brand deals after the show, all form part of the career-launching lift-off that comes with being on the popular franchise.

Both Big Brother Mzansi host Lawrence Maleka and Big Brother Naija’s Ebuka Obi-Uchendu will co-host this debut season.

Fans of Big Brother Mzansi and Big Brother Naija in the diaspora are not left out as Showmax will stream the show in the United Kingdom, New Zealand, and about 50 other countries.

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