Nokia Face finalists named

The seven semi-finalists who failed to make it are Doris Anjalo and Getrude Ogada (Kenya), Haruna Aisha Danjuma (Nigeria), Phumelele Mtshali, Melody Zulu (South Africa), Beatrice Mubanga (Zambia) and Deline Masiyiwa (Zimbabwe).

Although the seven had made it through the boot camp elimination round and competed in the Cape Town Fashion Week, unfortunately they did not make it through to the finals.

According to Kirsty Brien, MultiChoice Zimbabwe’s marketing and public relations manager, they were happy with performance at the boot camp held in Cape Town.

“We are very proud that they made it as far as they did, and know that this will not be the last we will see of them,” she said.

Having spent a week in Botswana at a model boot camp, and another week putting their skills to the test on the catwalk in Cape Town, the seven semi-finalists that were dropped out of Africa’s biggest supermodel search.

The top ten finalists who will progress to the glitzy Nokia Face Of Africa 2006 final, which will be broadcast live on M-Net on Sunday August 13 are – Kea Basima (Botswana), Sandra Bigirimana (Burundi), Mirash Davis (Ghana), Catherine Hemans Yankey (Ghana), Andenyi Anjalo (Kenya), Venantia Otto (Namibia), Ishioma Onyebo (Nigeria), Melody Zulu (SA), Mulenga Mubanga (Zambia) and Munira Namakula (Uganda).

The search for Africa’s next supermodel started in February 2006, as the Nokia Face of Africa scouting team travelled the continent, visiting 12 countries and seeing over 6 000 contestants.

They narrowed all those they saw down to just 17 semi-finalists, who travelled to Botswana for model boot camp one.

Five of the girls were eliminated during the course of the Botswana boot camp, based on their performance in a series of tasks which tested their natural ability as models.

The Nokia Face of Africa model boot camp in Botswana saw the departure of Chipo Ngoyi (Zambia), Gertrude Ogada (Kenya), Phumelele Mtshali (South Africa), Selamawit Adamu Teshale (Ethiopia) and Zuhura Mrisho Watuta (Tanzania).

Then the 12 semi-finalists who survived the Botswana model boot camp jetted off to Cape Town and arrived at the Nokia Cape Town Fashion week with a point to prove.

They tested themselves against seasoned models, competing for places in shows at Fashion Week. Their first week in Cape Town was spent at castings and fittings, learning at every turn.

The 12 semi-finalists appeared in 66 shows between them ‘ a fantastic achievement for a group of girls who would only have dreamed of walking the catwalk at an international-standard fashion week, a few short months ago.

Nokia Cape Town Fashion Week drew a total audience in excess of 30 000 discerning fashion enthusiasts ‘ measuring up to their expectations, a tough test for 12 aspirant, inexperienced models.

The format for the elimination at Nokia Cape Town Fashion Week was as follows ‘ all the remaining semi-finalists competed for work with each other and alongside other professional models at Nokia Cape Town Fashion Week.

For each booking they made (either for fashion shoots or runway shows), each semi-finalist earned points. At the end of Fashion Week, the semi-finalists who earned the least points were eliminated from the competition.

This new format ensured that the semi-finalists were judged, not only by the Nokia Face of Africa judges, but also by the greater modelling industry.

The two models who worked in the fewest shows at Nokia Cape Town Fashion Week were Aisha Danjuma (Nigeria) and Deline Masiyiwa (Zimbabwe), so they were eliminated at the end of the week.

The first of four Nokia Face of Africa shows will be broadcast on M-Net at 17:00 on Sunday 23 July.

The show will feature the scouting team’s trip across the continent, visiting 12 countries. The 2006 Nokia Face of Africa will be announced at a glittering finale live on M-Net from Sun City on August 13.

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 (Nigeria), Benvinda Mudenge (Namibia).

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