Faces of Africa . . .

ZIMBABWE has maintained its presence at the prestigious Nokia Face of Africa beauty showcase following the selection of vivacious 21-year-old Delin Mationesa, a rising catwalk princess, to the semi-finals of the competition. Delin follows in the footsteps of l

ast year’s hopeful Greatmore Chatya, who came short of clinching the title after finishing in the top five.


If Delin sails through, she will take part at the high profile pageant’s finals set for Sun City in South Africa on August 13. Delin was selected alongside 16 other semi-finalists from Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, Zambia, Burundi, Ethiopia, Namibia, Tanzania and Uganda.


Face of Africa is a continental model talent search that began in 1998. The first winner was Nigerian Oluchi Onweagba. Other winners include Benvinda Mudenge from Namibia (1999), Nombulelo Mazibuko from South Africa (2000), and Ramatoulaye Diallo from Senegal (2001).


The Face of Africa search rested for three years before returning refreshed in 2005. After a cross-continental search that ran for 10 months, Botswana-born Kaone Kario was announced the winner at the Nokia Face of Africa 2005 final held on July 10. Kaone walked away with a modelling contract from Storm Model Management valued at US$125 000.


This year, Zimbabwean girls wishing to enter had to travel to neighbouring countries such as Zambia, Botswana and South Africa as Multichoice Africa rotates the scouting sessions amongst African countries.


DStv audiences can watch the final broadcast live on M-Net on August 13. -— Staff Writer.