ULungile, intombi enhle kunazo zonke (Episode 4 in isiZulu)
“This is a story I have loved for many years. For me, it has been a joy to tell to both young and adult audiences alike, experiencing a magical connection each time. It is about having a sense of being different from others, learning to accept it, and following one’s own path,” says Dr Mhlophe.
“Patience and self-discovery are part of what makes Lungile so unique, not just her beauty that everyone talks about, but also her strength of character. Her spiritual connection with birds is often ridiculed by her peers, but despite this, she lets her dreams fly high.
“When she chooses to join the old women in the big round hut to learn their skills, poems, and songs, it makes Lungile more special than anyone ever imagined. Then comes the designing of her wedding dress, an exquisite labour of love by the old women.
“That is what propels me to tell this story again and again. I feel like I am one of those elders contributing to the sewing of South Africa's wedding dress. Bringing together our unique talents, skills, and experiences, we become true nation builders,” says Dr Mhlophe.
(Production Engineer: Lango Cele. Executive Producer: Diane Macpherson)