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MTV Shuga Season 5 Cast Revealed! Adesua Etomi, Emmanuel Ikubese & Nick Mutuma are Back in the Series for March 2017




Talented actors, Emmanuel Ikubese and Adesua Etomi are joining the likes of Vanessa Mdee, Thuso Mbedu, Mohau Mokoatle Cele, Jezriel Skei, Nick Mutuma as part of the fresh ensemble cast for the upcoming fifth series of MTV Shuga. Actors who are not returning are Sharon Ezeamaka (who played Princess in the 3rd and 4th season) and, Dorcas Shola Fapson.

Produced by the MTV Staying Alive Foundation and MTV Base, MTV Shuga, an award-winning ”edutainment” drama that has been proven to actively change behaviour relating to HIV prevention, is going into production in Johannesburg in December, turning its lens on the issues of sexual and reproductive health among teenagers and young women in South Africa.

Having successfully highlighted issues affecting young people in Kenya and Nigeria for nearly a decade, MTV Shuga is using powerful contemporary storylines and relatable characters to disseminate public health messages targeted squarely at South African youth, with a particular focus on adolescent girls and their vulnerability to HIV infection and unintended pregnancy.

Crowded with interweaving stories of heartbreak, love, betrayal and difficult decisions among contemporary South African youth, MTV Shuga is supported by South Africa’s Department of Basic EducationPEPFAR (The U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief), Marie Stopes International,  ViiV Healthcare’s Positive Action MSM & Transgender Programme, CIFF (Children’s Investment Fund Foundation) and FHI 360 (Family Health International).

The news follows a recent report from UNAIDS which demonstrates that the years between 15 and 24 are the most dangerous time for young women when it comes to HIV infection. Globally, in 2015, around 7,500 young women became newly infected with HIV every week and in southern Africa, girls aged between 15 and 19 years accounted for 90 percent of all new HIV infections among 10–19-year-olds.

Tanzanian TV and radio personality and recording star Vanessa Mdee will interpret the role of “Storm” – a dissatisfied trophy wife with a wandering eye. Also joining the cast is “Scandal!” actor Thuso Mbedu, who will play the role of Ipeleng, an ambitious schoolgirl who’s bringing up her younger brother after the death of her mother, while 17-year old Jezriel Skei, best known for his award-winning turn in “Four Corners” (2013) will create the new role of soccer-mad macho-man “Q” or “Quinton”.

Set in the cool clubs, hangouts and schools of Braamfontein and the fictional township of “Zenzele”, MTV Shuga will see the return of veteran cast member and former “Mr Nigeria” Emmanuel Ikubese in the role of “Femi”, a music promoter from Nigeria who’s been living with HIV for 4 years, while Adesua Etomi reprises the role of Femi’s girlfriend, “Sheila”. Also returning is South African actress Mohau Mokoatle Cele (who plays dissatisfied teenage singer, “Bongi”) as is Nick Mutuma’s “Leo” who’s looking to find some escape from his past actions.

MTV Shuga will premiere on MTV Base (DStv Channel 322)) and BET (DStv channel 129) and other terrestrial broadcasters and other MTV networks and third party broadcasters around the world from 8 March 2017. Other elements of the MTV Shuga campaign will include a radio drama series, peer educator programme, comic book, mobile information service, social media and a range of digital platforms. To continue the conversation about MTV Shuga, please go to, like MTV Shuga on, or follow MTV Shuga on Twitter or Instagram @MTVShuga using the hashtag #MTVShuga5.

Source & Photo Credits: MTV Base, MTV Shuga


  1. christian sister

    December 1, 2016 at 3:34 pm

    DSF isn’t coming back? She’s pretty much one of the reasons I watch Shuga tbh. They should have gotten rid 0f Nick Mutuma instead or even the Femi and Sheila narrative. Princess can go abeg, her character lost it along the way.
    Let’s see how it goes sha

  2. Turban Girl

    December 1, 2016 at 4:04 pm

    Finally!!! Shuga has left Naija, that’s really exciting news. Emmanuel and Nick would be coming back again, why?? That’s three seasons, Nick I can understand, but Emmanuel and Adesua? I would have preferred bringing Mary back, life after her experience. I love that we would be seeing more of Mohau Mokoatle – Cele, I loved her. Can’t wait to witness youths in another country

  3. Me

    December 1, 2016 at 4:24 pm

    Why isn’t DSF coming back? She is my fav character in the show.

  4. Dee

    December 1, 2016 at 4:57 pm

    Wow can’t believe no more DSF. Sophie so fresh so fly, she was my fave on the show. Also what happened to Malaika? We still don’t know . And Mary? It would have been cool to see Mary’s life after her ordeal with Nii. Nevertheless, I love Bongi and I’m glad she’s in season 5. Can’t wait for the new season, it’ll be interesting as usual.

  5. Lailatu

    December 1, 2016 at 8:15 pm

    Adesuwa is playing someone’s girlfriend, wow didn’t see that coming. Talk about a one trick phony.

    • Clap for yourself

      December 1, 2016 at 9:36 pm

      Considering that this is a series and she was introduced into the show last year as Femi’s girlfriend, but go on with your intelligent self. I bet she could have just said hey guys lailatu has money for data and is so clever, give me someone’s character so I can please her.

    • Lailatu

      December 2, 2016 at 8:49 am

      Really is that supposed to be a put down?How lame,please try harder next time.

  6. Me2

    December 1, 2016 at 10:35 pm

    This Shuga needs consistency i beg.

  7. Ally

    December 5, 2016 at 8:47 pm

    I just cant wait to see our our Tanzania Girl, Vanessa Mdee “Vee Money” on Shuga season 2. As you all know she is fabulous and i bet she is going to do great things for this Tv show.

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