Jesse Suntele wins BET’s Top Actor Africa 2016!


Jesse Suntele was just crowned the winner of BET’s Top Actor Africa season 2!

The 23-year-old Johannesburg-born actor beat fellow contestants Shamilla Miller (South Africa) and Alex Khayo (Kenya) in the final episode of the series which aired on BET (DStv 129).

Jesse was awarded a cheque of R156000, as well as a 12-month contract with international talent scout J Pervis Talent Agency as part of the prize.

Commented Jesse, “I am lost for words, it literally hasn’t sunk in yet.  I’m overjoyed, but at the same time I’m not sure what just happened. My mind is in three places at once – where I was when I started in this career, what my next move is towards my future and what I am feeling right now. But I’m extremely proud of myself and of the other finalists, Shamilla and Alex. Those two will never know how much they pushed me and played a part in how hard I had to work for this. They won’t ever know the impact they’ve made in my life and I’m grateful to have met them and I’m honoured to be an actor alongside them!”

The show was hosted by South African actress and television personality Zikhona Sodlaka.

FYI: Jesse studied sound engineering but discovered a love of acting during his participation in numerous school plays.

Congrats Jesse!