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MADE IN AFRICA, BET’s NEW SHOW EMPOWERS LOCAL DESIGNERS

Hosted by Nandi Madida, the reality series searches for the continent’s best emerging fashion designer

In the wild and creative world of fashion, the true stars are the ones who not only think outside the box but imagine that the box does not even exist.  BET in Africa brings you a brand new local production, aimed at discovering the best emerging designers from across Africa. The reality series spotlights the quest that is Africa’s fashion revolution on Made in Africa starting onWednesday, 30 May at 21:00 CAT on BET (DStv channel 129).

Made in Africa is hosted and co-produced by multi-talented style queen Nandi Madida.

The series is a partnership between BET in Africa, the KZN Film Commission and the Youth Directorate of the KZN Department of Economic Development; Tourism and Environmental Affairs. The African fashion industry has boomed in the past decade, with fashion designers from the continent blowing up catwalks across the world with their bold prints, bright colors and unfettered creativity. BETcelebrates design from across Mother Africa where emerging designers battle it out to be a cut above the rest.
Says Monde Twala, Vice President for BET, Youth and Music for Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN Africa): “We are thrilled to welcome another strong local content series to our BET in Africa programming line-up. This is a great example of public private partnership together with the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Economic Development and their public entity; the KZN Film Commission.This series is set to be the fashion choice for Africans by Africans.”
Thami Zondi, Director for the Youth Economic Empowerment Programme of the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs added, “We are honored to be a part of this production and important partnership with VIMN Africa which plays a key role in contributing towards driving economic growth and multi sector development for the youth in particular and the industry at large. In this case empowering our youth in both the fashion as well as Film and Television industries; which is in line with provincial strategy of prioritizing the creative industry as a whole.”
The search is for Africa’s next design star where the last designer left standing will have their collection made available to consumers in a leading national retail store.
Concluded Nandi Madida: “The audience can expect a Pan African fashion reality show that celebrates the talent that we have across the continent. Witness the sweat and tears all in the name of finding Africa’s next household fashion designer. Shot in the beautiful background of Durban, this is more than just a TV show, it truly is a fashion showcase.”
Each episode will feature main panelist The Space designer retailer operations manager Vanessa Leisegang along with a rotating panel of fashion industry experts including Zama MatheFrancois Vademme and Adama Amanda Ndiaye from Senegal discussing the latest industry trends and news in the world of fashion. A theme is assigned for the contestants to draw inspiration and creativity for their masterful designs.  This includes drawing inspiration from architecture, the wilderness, bridal wear, film, sports, visual arts and the red carpet. Additional expert panelists include designer Natasha Tlagae from Botswana, Ice Models’ operations director Tiffany Prior, Architect Ndabo Langa, actress and stylist Sthandiwe Kgoroge and fitness queen Sbahle Mpisane.
On the first episode of Made In Africa we meet designers, Noloyisa Lubelwana and Towa Mungandi as the two go head-to-head in a competition against the clock, hoping to impress the judges in the Fashion-In-The-Wilderness challenge. Who will be the cut above the rest to be crowned Africa’s next design star?

Watch Made in Africa on BET (DStv channel 129) from Wednesday 30 May at 21h00

CAT and repeats from the 4 June at 16:00 CAT.

Visit www.betafrica.tv, like and chat to BET on Facebook at www.facebook.com/BETinAfrica, or join the conversation about the channel on Twitter and Instagram @BET_Africa using the hashtag #BETMadeInAfrica