It is not a telenovella so we are clear it is Ugandan socialite Zari’s reality TV show about her role as a mother, wife, entrepreneur, role model and artist. You may know her from her famous bridal magazine cover where she says she is worth 300 cows. The show aired on UBC on Tuesday April the 3rd. I have watched a multitude of American TV shows in the same line from ‘the real housewives’ series to ‘Basketball wives’, and like many Ugandans and Fans I watched with a comparison frame of mind, after all this was the same script with a different cast.
The opening episode was not dire but it was not marvellous either although I must commend Zari and the producers on the production of the show, the quality is superb. It is the first reality show of its kind in Uganda and that too is commendable. The premiere episode had her hosting a lunch at her home with her family; sisters, babies, children the whole do but no men. During the lunch, talk of men comes up; who slept with who and what not and at that point drama ensued, TV will call it Drama, I prefer to call a spade a spade. So, an adult tantrum ensued complete with storming out and sulking. The second segment of the 30 minute episode had Zari doing her socialite thing at a club. In between were cut outs of her narrating what is going on, what she has to do and how it relates to her multiple roles.
Prior to the release of the show, Zari said the show was a way to more or less fight the stereo type of socialites and in summation portray them or her as ‘serious’ people. But the opening episode of her 14 part show had her host a lunch that turned into an expose’ on who slept with who in front of the children. And later her phone was ringing off the hook to attend an event in South Africa where she stays, maybe they do things differently in South Africa and she got paid for the appearance.
The Boss Lady is a very cute indulgent name but after the first episode, I won’t be watching the rest of the episodes. Maybe it’s my appreciation of Shakespeare, love for good television shows and knowledge of C.E.O routines but the drama is not drama at all. Her monologues are quite detached and matter of facts and the Boss aspect its totally lacking. Well that’s my opinion, form your own: Wednesdays 7:30pm UBC TV, it may get better along the way; you know what they say about bad beginnings.