The Apprenticeâ 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.) â A spin-off of âThe Apprenticeâ 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 âThe Apprentice Africa.â 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, âThe Apprenticeâ has now been replicated in at least 24 countries outside the U.S. âThe Apprentice Africaâ 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., Nigeriaâs premier television production company and producers of âBig Brother Nigeria.â TEG secured legal rights to replicate âThe Apprenticeâ 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 âThe Apprentice Africa,â as in the original âThe Apprentice,â 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 Africaâs top business moguls, Biodun Shobanjo, chairman of the Troyka group, Nigeriaâs 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 judge candidates. Typically, one person is fired and sent home during each segment, although on rare occasions, 63-year-old Shobanjo, popularly known as Nigeria's âFather of Advertising,â 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. âNot only is there growth and development throughout Africa, but many nations on the continent are integrating Western âbest business practices,â making for exciting and attractive opportunities here. - m o r e - âThe Apprenticeâ Goes to Africa/Page Two âWe plan to showcase the varying and combined skills of Africans in Africa and African ex-patriots who have moved to the United States,â she continued. âIt 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 âbusiness as usualâ." âThe Apprentice Africaâ 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. âThe Apprentice,â starring Donald Trump and created by Mark Burnett, the mind behind the TV reality series âSurvivorâ, 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, âYouâre hired,â instead of the dreaded words âYouâre fired!â Persons interested in being candidates for âThe Apprentice Africaâ 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 âThe Apprentice Africa,â please call 301.350.3437 or contact Mofolusho Agboola by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or Lola Ogungbade at email@example.com.