After months of gruelling auditions across the continent, the cream of the most talented thespians have been identified from Nigeria, South Africa and Kenya. Out of the 12, 7 are from South Africa, 3 from Nigeria and 2 from Kenya.
Hoping to see their names in lights are Lorraine Wangui Gakuo and Alexander Eliab Khainga from Kenya.
Top Actor Africa will be testing the actors in nine gruelling acting challenges, taking them through every genre from Improv to Comedy, Theatre, Soapie, Commercial, Romance, Horror, Drama and Action. Along the way they will get to work with established 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.
They will be gracing our screens from February 2016 when the show will premiere across Africa on BET (DStv Premium, channel 129).
Contestants stand a chance to win the coveted title of Top Actor Africa, a $10,000 cash prize, and a one year contract with international representation and access to Hollywood auditions.
Meet the Kenyan cast;
Alex Khayo Khainga; 27 years of age. “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“.”
Lorraine Wangui Gakuo; 23 years old. “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.”
She is the lovely lady in red on the far right in the photo below