TOP ACTOR AFRICA: BET’s TV Reality Show To Begin Pan African Talent Hunt

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BET’s hit Top Actor is on the hunt for the hottest acting talent on the continent as auditions fire up ahead of season 2.

In the coming weeks, BET (DStv channel 129) is staging public auditions in Lagos, Nairobi and Johannesburg, searching for talented actors of every description – from heart-throb heroes and leading ladies to villains and femme fatales.  12 lucky thespians will compete for the chance to win the title “Top Actor Africa”, including a career-launching prize package that includes US$10,000 in cash, a one-year contract with international representation, and access to Hollywood auditions. Top Actor Africa auditions will be held in Lagos (5-7 October), Nairobi (10 October) and Johannesburg (14-16 October).

Commenting on the auditions, Alex Okosi, Senior Vice President & Managing Director, VIMN Africa, said, “Top Actor Africa is an amazing platform for discovering this 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.”

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.

The competition is open to people from all African nations between the ages of 20 and 30; 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.  For full terms and conditions, please go to

If you can’t make any of the auditions, you stand one more chance by sending a video clip of yourself performing a monologue to the BET Africa Instagram, Facebook or Twitter accounts, using the hashtag #TopActorAfrica.

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

For more information on BET, visit, like us on Facebook at or join the conversation about the channel on Twitter and Instagram @BET_Africa using the hashtag #TopActorAfrica.

Top Actor Africa is produced by Samad Davis in partnership with Urban Brew Studios. 

Audition Schedule

City Venue Address Open casting Callback (by invitation only)
Lagos Protea Hotel Leadway 1 Mogambo Close, Off Emmanuel Street | Maryland, Lagos, Monday 5 October & Tuesday 6 October Wednesday 7 October
Nairobi Kenyan National Theatre The Kenyan Cultural Centre , Harry Thuku Rd, Nairobi (Opposite Fairmont Norfolk Hotel) Saturday 10 October N/A
Johannesburg Urban Brew Studios  28 Harley Street, Ferndale, Randburg, Johannesburg Wednesday 14 October & Thursday 15 October Friday 16 October


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