Young, Famous & African season 1 review – a reality series of gossip, friendship and love

By Jonathon Wilson
Published: March 19, 2022 (Last updated: May 23, 2023)
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Netflix reality series Young, Famous & African season 1


A reality series following the lives of many African elites evokes a journey of friendship, egos, jealousy, and finding love.

Netflix reality series Young, Famous & African season 1 was released on the streaming service on March 19, 2022. 

Netflix’s new reality series Young, Famous & African is a seven-episode long soap opera of lavish lifestyles, scandals, jealousy, friendship, and ultimately finding love. In the series, a group of celebrities from the entire African continent meet in Joburg, South Africa, and interact with each other to know them and discuss various things about life. There are singers, rappers, DJs, entrepreneurs, stylists, and business people among the celebrities. These star-studded lineup names are Khani Mbau, Annie Macauley, Diamond Platinumz, Andile Ncube, Nadia Nakai, and Swanky Jerry.

Each episode is approximately 40 to 46 minutes long. So it gets you a lot of time. The show format gives me the Indian show Bigg Boss vibe, where a group of contestants are placed in a room. Via their interaction, we come to know them better — from their vulnerabilities and prejudices. Young, Famous & African follows the same structure except being in a room for a particular time. They jump from one party to another, thrown by one of the celebrities. In those parties, how their desires and differences come forth is the crucial subject of the series.

Believe me or not, the luxurious lifestyles of these people dazzle me and seduce me to explore their world. The costumes they wear, the beverages they drink, the food they eat, or the places they visit is just the perfect setting to lure us into entering their world beyond that cover of happiness. The show clearly shows that if you dig into their lives, you will find their other sides — dark or vulnerable. As the show progresses, this digging becomes prevalent and more intrigued for me.

Towards the end of the season, things become too heated between different people due to their certain big egos, and the friends become foes. But, in the end, the series conveys that all are trying to find the love in their lives. The season ends with a cliffhanger, indicating another season to come. If you want to witness the African elite’s gossip, scandals, lush, and love, you better watch this series on Netflix.

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