Netflix boasts several original hit reality shows, but Young, Famous & African is the streaming service’s first African reality show.
The show will be based in Johannesburg, South Africa, including a diverse cast of African celebrities and A-list personalities from the continent.
The unscripted show seeks to give viewers a glimpse at their daily lives behind the scenes. According to the synopsis, the celebrities have all come together in the South African metropolis to find love, reignite old flames, and relaunch relationships.
However, it also aspires to depict the glitz and glam of African celebrity life.
“There were no glitzy and sexy images of Africa while I was growing up in the United Kingdom; all we saw were the clichéd images that have been promoted in the media for years.” In a statement, Executive Producer Peace Hyde said, “Young, Famous & African portrays an Africa that is vibrant, beautiful, glossy, and sexy to the world, and we are very proud and happy for the world to see it.”
Khanyi Mbau, Diamond Platnumz, Annie Macaulay-Idibia, 2Baba, Zari the Boss Lady, Naked DJ, Nadia Nakai, Swanky Jerry, Andile Ncube, and Kayleigh Schwark are among the key cast members.
Actress Khanyi Mbau, radio personality Quinton Masin (Naked DJ), musician Nadia Nakai, TV personality Andile Ncube, and Kayleigh Schwark are cast members from South Africa.
Diamond Platnumz is a Tanzanian musician, while Zari the Boss Lady is the CEO of Brooklyn City College, originally from Uganda.
Model and actress Annie Macaulay-Idibia, musician and activist 2Baba (who is also married to Annie Macaulay-Idibia), and fashion designer Swanky Jerry are Nigerian cast members.
The seven-episode series will premiere on Netflix on March 18th.
If the popularity of Showmax’s Real Housewives of Durban is any indication, a new celebrity-focused reality show located in South Africa will undoubtedly pique local interest.