'The Apprentice' TV Series Goes African; Candidate Auditions Slated
for November 29-30 in Washington, D.C.
Africans ex-patriots living in the U.S. and Africans (in Africa) will
compete for a luxury car plus $200,000 corporate job in Africa.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - A spin-off of "The Apprentice" business reality
television series, made popular on NBC, with billionaire real estate
businessman Donald Trump as its host, goes to Africa next season with
the debut of "The Apprentice Africa."
Auditions for the coveted competitive positions are being held Nov.
29-30, 2007, at 1425 K Street N.W., Suite 350, in Washington, D.C.
from 12 noon to 5 p.m. Video auditions and online applications also
will be accepted. Chosen candidates will compete for a luxury car and
a corporate job in Africa that pays $200,000 annually. With its
African spin-off, "The Apprentice" has now been replicated in at least
24 countries outside the U.S.
"The Apprentice Africa" is a co-production of The Executive Group
(TEG), a U.S.-based business investment firm that builds consortiums
between the U.S. and Africa, and Storm Vision Ltd., Nigeria's premier
television production company and producers of "Big Brother Nigeria."
TEG secured legal rights to replicate "The Apprentice" in Africa, and
its subsidiary, Storm Vision will produce the 16-week reality series.
Bank PHB, one of the fastest growing banks in Nigeria and an emerging
icon for banking excellence, is the title sponsor of the series.
In each episode of "The Apprentice Africa," as in the original "The
Apprentice," candidates compete in teams. The losing team is sent to
the boardroom where at least one member is fired. In the African
series, one of Africa's top business moguls, Biodun Shobanjo, chairman
of the Troyka group, Nigeria's largest and most innovative marketing
communications firm and co-founder of Nigeria's largest and most
successful advertising agency, Insight Grey, and his associates will
Typically, one person is fired and sent home during each segment,
although on rare occasions, 63-year-old Shobanjo, popularly known as
Nigeria's "Father of Advertising," may fire more than one candidate at
a time, as did Trump.
"Many people are unaware of the burgeoning business opportunities in
Africa," said Chantelle Abdul, executive producer and president of The
Executive Group. "Not only is there growth and development throughout
Africa, but many nations on the continent are integrating Western
'best business practices,' making for exciting and attractive
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"We plan to showcase the varying and combined skills of Africans in
Africa and African ex-patriots who have moved to the United States,"
she continued. "It will be interesting to see how they work together
in business in Africa, bridging obvious lifestyle and cultural gaps
for the betterment of our beloved continent. Our show also will
increase understanding of the important differences in doing business
in Africa compared to other parts of the world, and overall, will be
much more than 'business as usual'."
"The Apprentice Africa" will select 18 African candidates living in
the U.S., U.K. and Africa who have exceptional business acumen,
personality, professional savvy and sophistication to compete in
Lagos, Nigeria against their brothers and sisters living on the
African continent. The series will air in 2008 Africa-wide.
"The Apprentice," starring Donald Trump and created by Mark Burnett,
the mind behind the TV reality series "Survivor", originally showcased
a 16-week job interview process through which 18 Americans competed in
a series of rigorous business tasks. Many of those tasks included
candidates interacting with prominent Fortune 500 company executives.
Candidates had to use their business acumen, education, creative
skills and street smarts in their quest to hear Trump, the boss, utter
the coveted phrase, "You're hired," instead of the dreaded words
Persons interested in being candidates for "The Apprentice Africa" are
required to submit their resumes and detailed information online at:
www.theapprenticeafrica.com. Candidates meeting the screening criteria
will be contacted for individual interviews scheduled in Washington,
D.C. on Thurs., Nov. 29 and Fri., Nov. 30, 2007.
For more information on "The Apprentice Africa," please call
301.350.3437 or contact Mofolusho Agboola by email at
firstname.lastname@example.org or Lola Ogungbade at email@example.com.