Zikhona Host of SA reality show Top Actor on BET

Top Actor Africa auditions come to Kenya and Nigeria, the show to premiere on BET

BET’s hit reality show, Top Actor is on the hunt for the hottest acting talent and as auditions fire up ahead of season 2, DStv is delighted to announce that auditions for the show will now be open to more aspiring acting talent on the African continent.

This October, the show will hold auditions in various cities in Africa so come along and show off your acting skills and you could be starring in Top Actor Africa, the TV series that puts a dramatic new spin on the reality genre.

In the coming weeks, BET (DStv channel 129) will stage public auditions in in Lagos (5-7 October), Nairobi (10 October) and Johannesburg (14-16 October) to search for talented actors of every description – from heart-throb heroes and leading ladies to villains and femme fatales.  Whether you have had previous experience or not doesn’t matter – we are looking for fearless, strong personalities, full of ambition and confidence, who will do what it takes to be Africa’s Top Actor.

If you’d like to see your name in lights, come along to the auditions, and you could be one of 12 lucky thespians competing for the chance to win the title “Top Actor Africa”.  At stake - a career-launching prize package that includes US$10,000 in cash, a one-year contract with international representation and access to Hollywood auditions!

Hosted by South African movie star Zikhona Sodlaka (“Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom” & “Generations”),  the first season was won by South African drama student Altovise Lawrence, an increasingly popular figure on BET itself, where she now hosts an entertainment news show, BET Buzz

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.

Commented Alex Okosi, Senior Vice President & Managing Director, VIMN Africa, “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 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 T&Cs, please go to www.betafrica.tv.

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 www.betafrica.tv, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/BETinAfrica or join the conversation about the channel on Twitter and Instagram @BET_Africa using the hashtag #TopActorAfrica.


Audition Schedule:




Open casting

Callback (by invitation only)


Protea Hotel Leadway

1 Mogambo Close, Off Emmanuel Street | Maryland, Lagos,

Monday 5 October & Tuesday 6 October

Wednesday 7 October


Kenyan National Theatre

The Kenyan Cultural Centre , Harry Thuku Rd, Nairobi (Opposite Fairmont Norfolk Hotel)

Saturday 10 October



Urban Brew Studios


28 Harley Street, Ferndale, Randburg, Johannesburg

Wednesday 14 October & Thursday 15 October

Friday 16 October