By Kennedy Nyavaya
A significant number of local internet users are hooked on College Central’s trending online television production Wadiwa Wepamoyo that has fast taken pole position among the most sought-after drama series in the country.
Of late many similar creations have failed to attract organic followership because of either lack of originality or unrelatable storylines, leaving the streets in need of new heroes like Wadiwa Wepamoyo is ostensibly offering.
The blockbuster, having amassed hundreds of thousands in views on YouTube over the past eight episodes, has occupied significant space in online conversations in the past few weeks since premiering and it appears well set to gather more followers.
“We just thought of doing something that we know and a love story was the closest idea that we could simply execute,” series co-writer Ian Msakanda told Standard Style.
The story, which takes a realistic path in detailing the experience of growing up in a local urban setting, has stolen the hearts of many resulting in some either predicting the next episodes or connecting to the realities of their favourite characters.
“Our story is in the right place considering the attention Season 1 has attracted, but Wadiwa Wepamoyo is just the beginning because we have a lot more stories to tell,” said Msakanda.
According to him, while season one is left with two episodes to end, the entire series will be made up of two seasons with the prospects of it airing on national television dependent on whether they get a lucrative deal or not
“The story ends on Season 2 and national television is an option, but chances are, if we get a good deal but until then we stick to our online channel,” he said.
Set in Harare’s Mabelreign suburb, the gripping love story follows a young man, Tawanda, aka Man Tawa’s (played Everson Chieza) dreams of playing for English football giants Manchester United one day with the assistance of his close friend and manager Biko (Dillon Mafukidze).
However, Man Tawa is distracted when he falls in love with Noku (Tadiwanashe Bopoto), a new teenage girl in the hood, and then everything starts heading south.
Brought to life through a lean budget below US$1 000 and a modest story, the impact of this production has so far been the epitome of Leonard da Vinci’s wisdom that “simplicity is the ultimate sophistication”.
Added to the genius of the crew behind the scenes is the vibrant cast (including veteran Ben Mahaka, Monalisa Tenderere, musician Lee McHoney and Tapiwa Nzira) endowed with the quality and confidence to execute their roles.