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Continental gig for local actress

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Chris Theko

Actress and founder of production house Mohale Media Productions Matšeliso Mohale, will make up part of the adjudication panel of the inaugural edition of the continental talent recognition and search show Africa’s Got Talent (AGT) season one.

AGT is meant to unearth African talent that only needs a stage to showcase natural gifts and prowess of performers.

According to the organization, the aim is to help enhance the talent amongst African youth in order to turn it into a real career. 

Mohale will be in charge of the Business Category as a judge and a talent developer.

In an interview with Newsday Arts this week, she shared her feelings about the recognition and invitation to participate in the continental showpiece. 

“When I initially received news about the appointment and what was to happen with the competition, I was not so convinced about it because we have seen such things come only to leave Basotho disappointed, but the seriousness of it only dawned on me when I saw activities actually begin taking-off,” Mohale said. 

She said she is excited to be part of such a huge initiative on the African content which could potentially open doors for Basotho. 

“I feel very honoured to be part of such a big initiative, it is a privilege to be part of such a big platform amongst such big names in the arts industry.

“I am also grateful to God for blessing me with such opportunities and the talents that I have,” she said.      

She will be working alongside other acting big names from other countries such as South African Tsholofelo Matshaba and JT Medupe, Reason Sibanda of Zimbabwe, Moabi Mogorosi of Botswana and Dr Mshai Mwangola from Kenya.  

Sports analyst, Christopher Bongo from the Democratic Republic of Congo along with Marks Maponyane and Lebo Motsoeli both from South Africa will also make up the judging panel from the sporting front. 

The competition which will start in October, will see nominees from across the continent squire-off for the M10 million grand prize.

The money will be invested in the winning contestant’s country where they will be assisted by the AGT to set-up an arts development project which can grow other talented people, where the winning act will earn emoluments from profits of such an initiative in time.   

All the acts to register for the AGT competition are expected to be strictly African and of African origin. There is no age restriction for entry into the competition which is also open for Africans in individual or group capacity. 

Mohale has had a recognizable career with parts for both the big and small screens in productions such as ‘Ts’asa’ and ‘Kau La Poho’ which were feature films on prevention of HIV as well as the Ltv soapie, ‘Bophelo’ and was involved in the production of another film on Gender-Based Violence titled ‘The Mirror’ in 2018.

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