Top Actor Africa – on BET

Review by James Maina

Top Actor Africa on BET
Top Actor Africa on BET

Top Actor Africa is back on season 2 making it’s screening on BET. Featuring 12 wannabe big-screen contestants from East, West and South Africa, battling it out through acting to determine who is Africa’s most beloved actor/actress in 2015/2016.

Kenyans represent the exciting minority in the show, with only two aspirants Lorreine Wangui Gakuo and Alexander Eliab Khainga. South African actors are the unique majority, Shamilla Miller from Cape Town, Farrell Drew from Durban and Marilyn Sekgapane, Jesse Suntele, Hendrik Lombard, Simhle Belinda Plaatjies and Sabelo Sibeko from Johannesburg, followed by Nigeria’s interesting Tobechi Nneji, Uriel Oputa and Ifeanyi Dike.

Top Actor Africa will be testing the actors to the limits over in nine grueling acting challenges, taking them through every genre from improv to comedy, theatre, soap, 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 as they fight to stay in the competition and keep their acting dreams alive.

More on the Kenyans:

Lorraine Wangui Gakuo (23)


Lorraine’s first dramatic role at school was the part of Anna in The King and I. After school she studied International Business Administration specialising in Marketing and Minor in Japanese Language. She studied French at school and also has passion for language. She chose Japanese because she found it unique, disciplined and polite. She has been a provincial swimmer for her country. No formal acting training.

Alex Khayo Khainga (27)

Kenya (Nairobi)

Before becoming an actor, Alex worked in marketing for a major mobile phone company in Kenya. After being offered a role from a previous audition he went on to join Jicho Four productions, one of the leading stage plays productions in Kenya. He continued doing marketing for various groups using his marketing skills, and subsequently ran into one of the household to a Kenyan TV producer who offered him a minor role in the TV series Angel’s Diary.

Check out the Nairobi editions below:



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