Norwich woman’s African-inspired act for Britain’s Got Talent
PUBLISHED: 13:00 16 December 2010
Archant Norfolk 2010
A Norwich woman is hoping to hear that she has made it through to the televised auditions of ‘Britain’s Got Talent’.
Donna Africa, a model, dancer, actress, and poet, described her London audition as an “exhilarating, exciting and fabulous experience”, as she auditioned alongside thousands of other hopefuls at the Excel Centre in London earlier this month.
Now she wants Evening News readers to support and encourage her bid to win ‘Britain’s Got Talent’ next year.
Donna, of Sprowston Road, is originally from Zimbabwe, and lived in South Africa before moving to Norwich six years ago to be near her family.
She goes back to her African roots for her act, wearing a traditional Zulu costume with an assagei spear and an ostrich feather head-dress, dancing to one of her poems set to music. Her poem is called ‘Asimbonanga’, meaning ‘one who has yet to be found’. She says the poem is influenced by the brave spirit of Shaka Zulu, an influential Zulu chief of the 1700s, her own experiences of saying goodbye to Africa when she moved to England, and her aspirations to achieve her goals as a single mother.
She thinks her audition performance went well, and that she certainly “dressed to impress”.
She said: “I am dying to meet Simon Cowell, and I love Amanda, that woman is so talented. Just to meet them I would be so happy, it’s a great opportunity”.
She wants to appear on ‘Britain’s Got Talent’ so she can showcase creative writing, as she believes there are too many singers on the show. She hopes that through her performance as a poet she will inspire young people to write creatively.
Donna, who is in her 40s and has a son Chris, 22, has been writing poetry since she was ten years old, and for five years she has been writing a book, Donna Africa’s Poetry Book, which will be published by United Press before Christmas.
Donna has also just auditioned for the BBC’s ‘The Weakest Link’, where she was asked to write a poem about Anne Robinson, which she will read out live on television if she makes it onto the show.
She said she could not have made it to the auditions of ‘Britain’s Got Talent’ without the help of her friends and family in Norfolk, including her sister Lyn Thompson, who helped her to make her Zulu outfit, and Norfolk-based retired property manager Robert Eyles, who is sponsoring her and accompanied her to her audition.
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