TOP 5 rising stars on Africa’s screen

The fact that African cinema is on the rise is hardly new information. Its megalithic growth has been well documented across the world, no doubt thanks to its shining set of cinematic stars. And while there are simply too many to choose from, we’ve done our best to narrow the brightest of the bunch down to our top 5.

1. Leyla Bouzid – The Tunisian director with her eye on the prize. At the meager age of 31, Leyla Bouzid has already been showered with prizes, having picked up the bronze Tanit at the 26th Carthage cinema days festival and the jury prize at TV5 Monde for her first feature “As I Open My Eyes”. Focused on a group of teenagers living under the dictatorship of Ben Ali, the film wowed critics and audiences alike!

Leyla Bouzid © Africiné

2. Thabo Rametsi – The South African actor ready to pounce. For his part in “Kalushi”, the young actor picked up the best actor prize at the 2016 BRICS Film Festival in New Dehli. His jaw dropping portrayal of Solomon Mahlangu is what did it; representing the hero of the anti-apartheid resistance, Thabo Rametsi knocked it out of the park!

Thabo Rametsi © Sowetan LIve

3. Bella Agossou – The Beninese actress kicking up a storm in Spain. Originally from Benin, actress Bella Agossou has turned to Spanish cinema, after moving to the country in 2002. Whether she’s playing a young girl on the television or an immigrant in a feature film, Bella Agousso always represents her native country with poise and grace.

Bella Agossou © Africa Top Success

4. Mbithi Masya – The Kenyan director who’s a master of all trades. Before co-writing and directing his first feature “Kati Kati”, Mbithi Masaya tried his hand at publishing, composing and music, popping up as a key member in house-funk-disco group Just A Band. Screened at the 41st edition of the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), his filmed was met with rave reviews, not least for its gritty depictions of Kenya’s violent past.

Mbithi Masya © Mbithi

5. Mouna N’Diaye – The actress and documentary maker putting Burkinese cinema on the map. With a string of 12 documentaries behind her, as well as theatre pieces, television series and shorts, Mouna N’Diaye is well and truly on the international map. And for good reason! In the 2015 FESPACO festival, she picked up the prize for the best feminine interpretation, thanks to her earth shattering performance in “The Eye Of The Storm”.