MultiChoice’s Showmax and Moja Love recently released their third collaboration, Abo Auntie, a 13-part reality show that tackles the complex relationship dynamics between domestic workers and their employers.
The show features two domestic workers per episode, with the hosts then swapping their workplace families to see if the grass is greener on another lawn.
“Being the host of Abo Auntie is different from everything I have done, but it has been a great journey filled with many lessons,” says Galaletsang Koffman. “As an actress, I usually just play characters, but this time I am myself, so viewers will experience me as me and not a character.”
In the first episode, hosted by Bashimane Nhlapo, we meet Mbali and Magdalene, who do not see eye to eye. Mbali, an entrepreneur, feels that Magdalene does not respect her because she is younger than her, while Magdalene feels like Mbali does not respect her as an elder.
“Abo Auntie is about bridging the gap between domestic workers and their employers and ensuring that all parties are heard and satisfied without anyone losing their job,” says Galaletsang. “It is about saving jobs and ensuring that there is understanding in the workplace.”
Also commenting, the show’s executive producer, Shoki Langa, said, “Often people find themselves in conflict because of misunderstandings. Abo Auntie seeks to highlight issues that often cause rifts in the household between the employer and the helper. We hope that viewers will learn that the first point of call is open communication.”
Abo Auntie builds on the success of previous Showmax and Moja Love collaborations KuRuff and Uthanda Bani, confrontation-based reality TV shows about black tax and addiction, respectively.
The first episode of Abo Auntie is now streaming, with new episodes every Tuesday.