Africa: Imagine Afrika II Kicks Off

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The second series of the Imagine Afrika reality programme kicked off on ZBC Television on Saturday with a look at how the top Zimbabwean candidates for the programme were selected. Broadcast of the continental Imagine Afrika reality show is due to begin in October. The new series beginning this Saturday focuses on the Zimbabwean selection process and the short-listed candidates.

Ten candidates were selected from hundreds of entrants and taken to the Eastern Highlands for a taste of the Imagine Afrika experience before being interviewed on camera. Three were selected by the judges as the top contestants in their view. The three are Harare corporate lawyer Sharon Maposa, Beitbridge Sunday News columnist Delta Law Milayo Ndou and Dudzai Mureyi, a pharmacy student at the University of Zimbabwe.

The three were selected from a short list of 10 entrants. However, all hope is not for the remaining seven whose names and video tapes of the interviews have since been sent to South Africa where they would be viewed along with those from the more than 30 participating countries throughout the continent. The contestants are all eagerly awaiting news, which should come this month, of whether or not they have made it through to the next round in the selection process. The series that began last Saturday will enable viewers not only to see how the contestants were selected and what they did in the Eastern Highlands but also to listen to their views on HIV and Aids and see how they presented them. Imagine Afrika exposes contestants to an unforgettable real life experience of different cultures and traditions, as well as testing their ability to work as a team while at the same time examining, at times to the limit, their physical, intellectual and emotional will power.

Viewers of last year's inaugural Imagine Afrika reality show will remember some of the challenges former Studio 263 actress Yvonne Mangunda and other members of her team, Tumaini Africa, faced before coming out tops and winning prize money of US$6,000 each.

The Herald Harare 10 June 2008