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 17 semi-finalists in Africa’s biggest supermodel search, Nokia Face of Africa, have been cut down to just ten.
The top ten finalists will progress to the Nokia Face of Africa 2006 final, which will be broadcast live on M-Net on Sunday, August 13. The finalists 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 1.
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).
Nokia Cape Town Fashion Week drew a total audience in excess of 30 000 discerning fashionistas — measuring up to their expectations, a tough test for 12 aspirant, inexperienced models. — Own Correspondent/Staff Writer.