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BET’s Reality Show, Top Actor Comes To Africa

Michael Akinola

Al Lawrence

Ahead of Season 2 of hit TV Series, Top Actor, BET (DStv channel 129) is on the hunt for the hottest acting talents on the continent as auditions hold ahead of the coming of its Africa version, Top Actor Africa.

In the coming weeks, BET would be staging public auditions in Lagos, Nigeria; Nairobi, Kenya and Johannesburg, South Africa searching for talented actors of every description – from heart-throb heroes and leading ladies to villains and femme fatales.  Top Actor Africa auditions will be held in Lagos (5-7 October), Nairobi (10 October) and Johannesburg (14-16 October).

12 lucky thespians will compete for the chance to win the title “Top Actor Africa”. At stake is a career-launching prize package that includes $10,000 cash, a one-year contract with international representation, and access to Hollywood auditions.

Top Actor Africa will test the actors to the limits over seven weeks in nine vigorous acting challenges, taking them through every genre from Improv to Comedy, Theatre, Soapie, Commercial, Romance, Horror, Drama and Action.  Along the way they will work with Hollywood and local industry experts including celebrity actors, casting agents, directors, producers, managers and writers.

Alex Okosi, Senior Vice President & Managing Director, VIMN Africa, described Top Actor Africa as an amazing platform for discovering present generation’s next great talent.

“African actors are increasingly taking their rightful place on the world stage, and we are delighted to extend this empowering opportunity to aspiring actors across the continent,” Okosi said.

Top Actor Africa is open to people from all African nations between the ages of 20 and 30 with no previous acting talent is required.  All contestants must hold a valid passport and possess a clean criminal record. Candidates must demonstrate a high level of competency in the English language and must be available between 23 October and 15 December 2015.

The first season was hosted by South African movie star Zikhona Sodlaka (“Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom” & “Generations”), and was won by South African drama student Altovise Lawrence.

Lawrence has become an increasingly popular figure on BET itself, where she now hosts an entertainment news show, BET Buzz.

Top Actor Africa will premiere across Africa on BET (DStv Premium, channel 129), in early 2016.

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