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  • Premiered: 
    February 1, 2017
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  • Network: BET
  • Category: Series
  • Genre: Drama
  • Type: Live Action
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  • Subject Matter: Historical
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Plot Synopsis

Based on two Mandela autobiographies, "Conversations with Myself" and "Nelson Mandela by Himself," this three-night, six-hour miniseries tells the story of Nelson Mandela, the globally beloved humanitarian and other leaders of the African National Congress -- Oliver Tambo and Walter Sisulu -- who fought alongside him in the multi-racial, multi-national movement that led to the end of South African apartheid. MADIBA tells the most personal and comprehensive story of Mandela's life, focusing on the man, and his innermost thoughts and fears as he fought and sacrificed for freedom to become an international icon. While many recognize Mandela as the face of the Anti-Apartheid Movement, this mini-series also pays homage to the many lesser known men and women who sacrificed and suffered alongside of him in South Africa's quest for freedom. The beautifully shot series was filmed exclusively in South Africa and on Robben Island, and along with detailing the early years of Mandela's personal journey, MADIBA reveals the behind-the-scenes strategizing and bold organizing tactics he and his collaborators used to bring attention to their movement both domestically and internationally. Madiba is relevant in these times of racial unrest and serves as a reminder of the trials of political injustice, and giving us a roadmap of the hope and possibilities that come with being on the right side of history. MADIBA airs from 8-10pm ET/PT on three consecutive Wednesdays -- February 1,8 and 15, 2017 -- during BET's Black History Month programming, with a simulcast on Centric.
On Wednesday, February 15, 2017 from 8-10pm ET/PT, BET premiered the finale of MADIBA. In the finale -- "Brains Not Blood" and "A New World" -- Mandela is finally released from prison but his liberation does not come without cost as he is unable to reconcile his marriage. With the country in a state of contention, Mandela is the only man who can unify a divided nation.