The sisters are doing it for themselves – and Fame Week Africa will be streaming their talents live from Fame Week Africa from August 24-26 at the CTICC in the host city of Cape Town.
It is these women who are creating waves – and riding them – in the various entertainment sectors in Africa and beyond. Through all the challenges of the past few years, they have shown their courage, rising to the top of their profession and flaunting their exceptional talents.
Here’s who made Fame Week Africa’s Top 10 Women in Entertainment, in alphabetical order and by industry:
Cinema and television
Ayten Amin, director – Egypt
Ayten Amin’s first short film, Her man, has won several national awards. In 2013, his first feature film, Villa 69, received the Special Jury Prize for Arab Film at Abu Dhabi Film, the Cairo Film Connection Award for Best Film and the Hubert Bals Award at Durban Film Mart. She also co-directed the documentary Tahir 2011, selected at the Venice International Film Festival, the Toronto International Film Festival and nominated for the award for best documentary film for peace in Berlin. In 2019, she directed 20 episodes of the hit drama Saabe Gaar (The seventh neighbor), a 70-episode television series.
Camille Eden, VP of Recruitment and Talent Development for Nickelodeon – Americas (Animation)
Camille Eden defines herself as a “collaborative leader specializing in talent recruitment and acquisition, talent awareness and development”. She says she enjoys working with creatives at all levels to help them achieve their goals. His work includes being one of 54 black animation professionals who recreated the iconic Great day in Harlem with Nickelodeon.
Dorothy Ghettuba, Director of African Originals at Netflix – Kenya
Dorothy Ghettuba is a Kenyan film and TV entrepreneur and currently Africa Original Series Director at Netflix. She is co-founder of Nairobi-based Spielworks Media, an African production company launched in 2009. In 2016, she was named among the C. Hub the magazine’s 100 most influential creative personalities. Dorothy is also a 2016 Archbishop Tutu Fellow from the African Leadership Institute.
Nomsa Philiso, Executive Head of General Entertainment Programming at M-Net – South Africa
Nomsa Philiso is the Executive Director of Programming at General Entertainment, M-Net. She has extensive broadcast and media experience spanning over 25 years in media sales, channel and content management, technology project implementation and general management.
Mehret Mandefro, co-founder of Realness Institute and filmmaker – Ethiopia and America
Born in Addis Ababa, Mehret Mandefro was one of the 2009 winners of the Black Girls Rock Awards, receiving the Community Service Award, and in 2014 she was one of the women honored during the celebration of the International Day of the woman in New York, by WomenWerk. . The same year, she co-produced the film, Difret, directed by Zeresenay Berhane Mehari. Mehret also co-executive produced a 2019 Zeresenay Berhane film titled, Softness in the stomachand the documentary The Loving Generation she co-directed and co-produced what was nominated for a Webby People’s Voice Award.
Mimi Bartels, Production Manager of FilmOne Entertainment – Nigeria
Mimi Bartels’ career includes over nine years in content creation, film production and distribution. She focuses on collaboratively building creative excellence to push Nigerian storytelling to the max. She is currently Head of Production (co-Head, FilmOne).
Antos Stella, Managing Director – Content Connect Africa – South Africa
With a magnificent impact on South African music for 30 years, Antos Stella is a highly respected businesswoman in the industry. Bridging the gap between creation and business, Antos has been part of some of South Africa’s biggest international artist deals and a leading content aggregator focused on telecommunications and digital distribution.
Domanique Grant, singer-songwriter – Canada
A three-time award-winning singer, songwriter, creator, and entrepreneur, Domanique works with brands, thought leaders, and media (TEDx, CTV, NBS) to “share what millennials really feel.” His critically acclaimed EP album, Theaterhas been performed on more than half the continents of the world and is one of 20 artists out of 1,000 in Canada selected for the Socan TD Incubator recognizing high viability artists.
Namakau Star, singer – South Africa
In June 2022, Namakau Star released their seven-track debut EP, Landing, through Paradise Sound Systems. Born in Johannesburg and now residing in Cape Town, Namakau Star is known for her influence on the alternative R&B and hip-hop scene, television appearances as well as accolades from different media. In 2021, her music gained popularity through playlists curated by Apple Music, the Queen of R&B segment on MTV Base.
XXC Legacy, artist and cross trainer ambassador – South Africa
Born Courtney Thandiswa Mthethwa, this young singer, rapper, stage performer, clarinetist, pianist and violinist has been called a visionary for her accomplishments in the music and entertainment scene. A graduate of the National School of Arts, where she studied music theory, learned piano and clarinet and participated in musical theater productions.
“Fame Week Africa sees all of these exceptional women as winners, not only for their individual strengths and creativity, but also for their collective impact on the world of entertainment,” said Martin Hiller, Chief Creative and Content Officer of Fame Week. Africa. “Join us on FWA’s Top 10 Women in Entertainment Live and see exactly how these sisters are doing.
Africa Fame Week, led by MIP Africa and Muziki Africa, is the perfect platform for Africa to bring its stories and content to the world. Building on the tremendous success of Fame Week Africa 2021, industry professionals from across the continent and abroad will shine again from August 24-26, 2022.
Stay logged in
To follow all things Fame Week Africa, as well as speakers, content sessions and event updates, subscribe to our newsletter and follow us on Twitter, LinkedIn, instagramand Facebook or visit our website.