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Nelson Mandela's Life Story to be turned into TV Series titled Madiba

        The life of south africa's first black president and african icon Nelson Mandela will be the subject of a six-hour mini-series, titled Madiba.
     Madiba is to be the subject of a $20m (£13m) TV mini-series spanning six decades and the momentous events leading to his election as South Africa's first black president after 27 years in jail.Mandela, now 93, has given his approval for the six-hour drama, which is due to go into production later this year, shooting primarily on location in South Africa.
   Madiba is being written by Nigel Williams, the British novelist, screenwriter and playwright, whose previous TV credits include an adaptation of his own novel The Wimbledon Poisoner and Elizabeth I, starring Helen Mirren.
    The mini-series is being co-produced by his grandson, Kweku Mandela,UK film-makers Andy Harries and Marigo Kehoe through their production company, Left Bank Pictures. 

     Kweku Mandela said Madiba would not just be another project painting his grandfather as "Mandela the saint", but would seek to credit the many people who helped shape his life story.He added that the producers were also seeking to educate a new generation about the system of apartheid through which South Africa's white minority oppressed the black majority for more than 40 years up to 1990.
        Casting is still being finalised. Mandela has previously been played on screen by Morgan Freeman in Clint Eastwood's 2009 film Invictus and Terrence howard in 'Winnie'.