The Bahumi fan club has been going mad all week at news that the actress is set to play the role of Lebo Mathosa in the upcoming biopic miniseries Dream: The Lebo Mathosa Story, but no one is prouder than her pops Somizi.
Viacom on Tuesday announced that the role of Lebo in the docu-series will be played by KB Motsilanyane and Bahumi Madisakwane. Bahumi will play the younger version of Lebo, while KB will play the star as an adult.
The show, based on the life of the star, premieres on BET Africa (DStv channel 129) on November 6.
Since the announcement, Bahumi's mentions have been blowing up with messages of congratulations.
One of the most touching was from her dad, Somizi, who took to Instagram this week to gush over his daughter.
In a post he said the role was not an accident or coincidence and that she was born to be a star.
“It is not a coincidence. Not an accident. Not a mistake. No surprise. That you're playing this role. It was written in the stars from day one.”
He recounted the moment Lebo first met Bahumi as a little girl and how the star loved her like her own child.
“I remember the first time she met you and screamed 'oh my word I have a daughter' and from that day on she called you her daughter because of the striking resemblance.”
He encouraged Bahumi to make the role her own and promised his support.
“Take this role baby girl. Own it. Run with it. I’ll be cheering on the sidelines.”
Somizi came to Bahumi's defence last month after City Press revealed that Bahumi and singer Kelly Khumalo were set to star on the project.
Some fans were not impressed by Bahumi getting the role and said she did not have enough experience. Others suggested that she only got the job because she was Somizi's daughter.
The Idols SA judge responded in a letter of encouragement to his daughter.
“Listen! Never ever question why you get certain opportunities in life. You deserve everything and you must take anything and everything they said you would never have. f**k the haters. It's not your fault that you're my daughter.”