3 Nigerians to star in BET’s Top Actor Africa


With March 1, 2016 fixed for the Season 2 of Black Entertainment (BET)’s Top Actor Africa reality show, three Nigerian actors, cast for the show, will no doubt endear more fans to the show in this part of the world. They include Ifianyi Dike, Tobechi Nneji and Uriel Oputa.

The three are expected to fly the flag of Nigeria as they make a dramatic Season 2 debut in the show which kicks off on BET DSTV Channel 129, next month.

The Nigerians join nine other hopefuls from South, East and West Africa, who were shortlisted after gruelling auditions held in Johannesburg, Durban, Lagos and Nairobi.  They include South Africa’s Shamilla Miller andSimhle Belinda Plaatjies from Cape Town, Farrell Drew from Durban, Marilyn Sekgapane, Jesse Suntele, Hendrik Lombard and Sabelo Sibeko from Johannesburg, as well as Lorreine Wangui Gakuo and Alex Khayo from Kenya.

Organisers say Top Actor Africa will be testing the actors to the limits in nine gruelling acting challenges, taking them through every acting genre from Improv to Comedy, Theatre, Soapie, Commercial, Romance, Horror, Drama and Action.  They will have the unique opportunity to work with industry insiders from the local industry and Hollywood including celebrity actors, casting agents, directors, producers, managers and writers as they fight to stay in the competition and keep their acting dreams alive.

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The contestants will be competing for the chance to win the title of ‘Top Actor Africa.’  At stake is a career-launching prize package that includes US$10,000 in cash, a one-year contract with international representation and access to Hollywood auditions.

Commenting on the emergence of the final contestants, Alex Okosi, Senior Vice President and Managing Director, VIMN Africa, said: ”We send our congratulations and best wishes to all the contestants who have made the final cut in Top Actor Africa.   We are thrilled to have developed this powerful and proven platform for discovering and empowering African acting talent, and we look forward to seeing the drama unfold in season 2.”

On her selection, Oputa said “Finding out I made it to Top Actor Africa was pure excitement, it has come at a real good time for me and my spirit is lifted, sincerely I’m truly overjoyed. I believe I’m going to just shine in the house.”

Hosted by South African movie star Zikhona Sodlaka (‘Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom’ and ‘Generations’), the 2015 contest was won by South African drama student Altovise Lawrence, who now hosts entertainment news show, BET Buzz.  She also recently shot her first Hollywood movie, ‘The Other Side’ in the USA opposite Roger Guenvuer Smith, Brad James and Erica Hubbard. The film is due for theatrical release in 2016.


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