Five winnowed out of Face of Africa

This follows a rigorous boot camp screening exercise held in Botswana where 12 were selected to go into the second round of boot camp scheduled for Cape Town South Africa.

Having spent a week in Botswana, the five models fell on the first hurdle of the contest while the 12 remaining contestants will undergo another rigorous screening, also known as the second model bootcamp, is being held in conjunction with the Nokia Cape Town Fashion Week that begins on Tuesday.

Chipo Ngoyi (Zambia), Gertrude Ogada (Kenya), Phumelele Mtshali (South Africa), Selamawit Adamu Teshale (Ethiopia) and Zuhura Mrisho Watuta (Tanzania) are the five semi-finalists who headed home after the first bootcamp elimination round in Botswana.

According to M-Net Nokia Face of Africa television director Gavin Wratten, the five semi-finalists eliminated in Botswana can still be proud of their achievements in the competition.

He said: “These five semi-finalists were chosen from thousands of models across the continent. It was their poise, their talent and their striking features that made the judges select them as semi-finalists.

“And whilst they will play no further part in this year’s competition, they have had the opportunity to work with some of the industry’s leading professionals. We hope that these opportunities will serve them well should they choose to pursue modeling careers.”

Meanwhile, two more Nokia Face of Africa 2006 semi-finalists are due to be eliminated from the competition in mid-July during the second Model Bootcamp. Their elimination will be based on a unique selection format specifically designed for this year’s competition.

The format for the next elimination is as follows: all the remaining semi-finalists will compete for work with each other and alongside other professional models at Nokia Cape Town Fashion Week. For each booking they make (either for fashion shoots or runway shows), each semi-finalist will earn points.

At the end of the fashion week, the semi-finalists who have earned the least points will be eliminated from the competition. This new format ensures that the semi-finalists are judged, not only by the Nokia Face of Africa judges, but also by the greater modelling industry.

Thereafter once the last two semi-finalists have been eliminated, the Top 10 Nokia face of Africa 2006 finalists will be announced and they will head for the catwalk at the Nokia Face Of Africa 2006 Final at Sun City on August 13.

Any young woman from Sub-Saharan Africa is eligible to enter this year by simply attending a casting session in any of the 12 confirmed host cities. This year, as with last season, the prize of a modelling contract is again on offer for the Nokia Face of Africa 2006.

In July last year audiences across the continent tuned in to M-Net and watched as sensational Botswana born Kaone Kario was named the Nokia Face of Africa 2005, walking away with an international modelling contract and pan-African fame.

This is the sixth year that the Face of Africa project is running. Starting in 1998, the project ran for four years before taking a short hiatus. Last year, M-Net and Nokia partnered and the project returned as the Nokia Face of Africa 2005.

Previous winners of the title include Oluchi Onweagba of Nigeria and Namibia’s Benvinda Mudenge.

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