Madiba (miniseries)

Madiba is a three-part American biographical drama television miniseries documenting the true lifelong struggle of Xhosa human rights activist, lawyer, political prisoner, and eventual president of South Africa Nelson Mandela to overthrow the oppressive regime of institutionalized racism and segregation known as apartheid. The series stars Laurence Fishburne, Orlando Jones, David Harewood, Michael Nyqvist, Terry Pheto, Jason Kennett and Kate Liquorish. The three-part miniseries made its debut on BET on February 1, 2017, concluding on February 15, 2017.[1][2]

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Film poster
Directed byKevin Hooks
StarringLaurence Fishburne
Orlando Jones
David Harewood
Michael Nyqvist
Terry Pheto
Jason Kennett
Kate Liquorish
Hlomla Dandala
ComposerTodor Kobakov
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of episodes3
Executive producersLance Samuels
Andy Harries
Kevin Hooks
Daniel Iron
Marigo Kehoe
Kweku Mandela
Steven Silver
Neil Tabatznik
Production locationsJohannesburg
Cape Town
Production companyBlue Ice Pictures
Original networkBET
Original releaseFebruary 1 (2017-02-01) –
February 15, 2017 (2017-02-15)

While the miniseries is named for and largely follows the story of Madiba (Nelson Mandela), Laurence Fishburne has stated that one of the primary intentions of the miniseries was to highlight the important role played by Mandela's many family members, friends, and colleagues at the ANC who worked tirelessly alongside him to successfully overthrow the regime of apartheid.[3]



No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateUS viewers
1"Part 1: Troublemaker and Defiance"Kevin HooksAvie Luthra, Jane Maggs, Nigel Williams, Janine Eser, Greg BeerFebruary 1, 2017 (2017-02-01)0.497[4]
2"Part 2: Spear of the Nation and Total Strategy"Kevin HooksNigel Williams, Paul Webb, Avie Luthra, Greg BeerFebruary 8, 2017 (2017-02-08)0.334[5]
3"Part 3: Brains Not Blood and a New World"Kevin HooksNigel Williams, Paul Webb, Jane Maggs, & Kathleen McGhee AndersonFebruary 15, 2017 (2017-02-15)0.268[6]


  1. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (2015-10-02). "Laurence Fishburne To Star In Nelson Mandela Miniseries 'Madiba'". Deadline. Retrieved 2017-02-03.
  2. ^ Petski, Denise (2016-12-07). "'Madiba': First Look At Laurence Fishburne As Nelson Mandela". Deadline. Retrieved 2017-02-03.
  3. ^ "Laurence Fishburne - Becoming Nelson Mandela in "Madiba"". 2017-01-26. Retrieved 2017-02-18.
  4. ^ "UPDATED: SHOWBUZZDAILY's Top 150 Wednesday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 2.1.2017". Showbuzz Daily. 2017-02-02. Archived from the original on 2017-02-02. Retrieved 2017-02-04.
  5. ^ "UPDATED: SHOWBUZZDAILY's Top 150 Wednesday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 2.8.2017". Showbuzz Daily. 2017-02-09. Archived from the original on 2017-02-09. Retrieved 2017-02-12.
  6. ^ "UPDATED: SHOWBUZZDAILY's Top 150 Wednesday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 2.15.2017". Showbuzz Daily. 2017-02-16. Archived from the original on 2017-02-17. Retrieved 2017-02-18.

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