Vuzu’s brand new homegrown show takes reality television into a totally new realm – one where big dreams, leaps of faith, inspiration, aspiration, and the pursuit of personal success are the point of everything!
Titled Forever Young – with the tagline “Get Busy Living” – the show follows a trio of young South Africans determined to follow their heart and live in the moment in pursuit of their (big) dreams!
That trio is headed up by Lungile Radu, who first entered the hearts and lives of Africans as part of the Channel O team, earning him the enduring nickname “Lungsta”.
Since those days, Lungile has appeared on It’s For Life, and took over from Taps Mokoena as the host of Fear Factor South Africa for the second season, which aired in 2007. In 2007, Lungile made his screen acting debut in the leading role of “rich boy” Sibusiso Vilakazi on the soapie Rhythm City. More recently Lungile has hosted the hugely successful Channel O show, Goal Diggerz – a great fit for this avid runner who has notched up two Comrades Marathons (when he’s not hanging with his boys).
Lungile is joined by Siyabonga Ngwekazi, another highly experienced South African entertainer. Over the years, Siya has hosted everything from Street Journal to The Real Goboza, V Entertainment and Top Shayela. Completing the trio is Thomas Gumede, who successfully combines acting and comedy. Gumede has had several acclaimed dramatic roles including that of Siphiwe in A Place Called Home, Bay Of Plenty, Backstage, Home Affairs and Soul City.
With Lungile keeping the momentum going (he’s levelheaded, serious, a good voice of reason, steadfast, and goal-orientated and manages to keep most of his outbursts in check!), Forever Young has been a life-changing experience for the three young South Africans involved who are not only staring in the show but are also producers.
For Lungile, Forever Young is more than just a show – it’s a way of life. “When I came up with the concept, it was all about changing the game – realising my dreams as a producer and director, and at the same time raising the bar in the entertainment industry by putting out a show that can compete internationally both in terms of its quality as well as its entertainment factor.”
“In keeping with our payoff line – “get busy living” – the show aims to encourage people to pursue their ambitions so that they can eventually realise their dreams,” adds Lungile.
For Siya, the chance to do something more meaningful through entertainment was something he could not refuse. “I hope the show exposes, inspires and even upsets people. I want to shake the minds of the young and old folk of South Africa,” says Siya.
Gumede says Forever Young has taught him to “roll with the punches”. “Forever Young has proved to me that all you need is a dream and a team and you can make anything happen. Get busy living.”
Episode one of the show introduces viewers to this trio of guys and the people around them, as they make plans to go to Brazil where the drama and fun is only just beginning. Expect to see full-on conflict (sometimes between the guys themselves), and also great heights as Lungile, Siya and Thomas make a play for success in the fashion and entertainment world.
Forever Young is about the journey to success. It’s about leaping off a cliff, knowing you will survive. It’s about overcoming obstacles as young people in the 21st century and getting on with those closest to you. It’s about being creative and finding your way. And it’s coming to you.
Get Busy Living with Forever Young on Friday, 9 March at 19:00 – on Vuzu!