In a bold move that sheds light on a topic often shrouded in silence, Lerato Sengadi has joined the cast of the highly anticipated Showmax Original series, “Five Widows Unveiled.”
This gripping 10-part show delves into the lives of women who have tragically lost their public-figure husbands, exploring the challenges they face and the strength they find within themselves.
Lerato Sengadi, known as the wife of the late Motswako rapper HHP, bravely opens up about her decision to be a part of this groundbreaking series. She acknowledges the uncomfortable truth that many people shy away from discussing: the day-to-day reality of being a widow.
She shares, “No one wants to talk about it, but it’s a day-to-day reality for millions of people.”
Through her own journey as a young widow, Lerato has come to realize that black widows, in particular, face unique and amplified challenges.
She describes it as a generational curse and pattern that often leaves these women feeling unheard and unable to openly express their pain. “Women can’t speak openly about these experiences, they can’t speak about the pain and the journey to rediscovering themselves after loss,” she explains.
One of the issues Lerato highlights is the societal expectation for widows to wear all black as a symbolic representation of their loss. She likens it to a scarlet letter, a visible mark that announces to the world that they are now widows, inviting pity and avoidance.
“When you show up for each other, you are ridiculed, and it’s called ‘trauma bonding’,” she shares, emphasizing the need for a support system that understands and validates the emotions and feelings of widows during their moment of loss.
Lerato’s journey as a widow has not been without its own share of legal battles. She found herself in a two-year dispute with HHP’s family over her status as the rapper’s customary wife. However, the Supreme Court of Appeal ultimately dismissed the appeal made by HHP’s father, Robert Tsambo, solidifying Lerato’s position in the marriage.
By joining the cast of “Five Widows Unveiled,” Lerato Sengadi is using her platform to shed light on the experiences of black widows and to challenge the societal norms and expectations placed upon them.
This show serves as a powerful reminder that the journey of a widow is not one to be hidden or silenced but one that deserves empathy, understanding, and support.
Through her participation in this groundbreaking series, Lerato Sengadi is breaking the silence surrounding widowhood and paving the way for open conversations about loss, grief, and the process of rediscovery.
Her courage and vulnerability serve as an inspiration to all those who have experienced loss and a reminder that no one should have to face it alone.