The highly anticipated finale will be broadcast live from the Eko Hotel Exhibition Centre in Lagos, Nigeria on February 6 2010, and viewers can tune into M-Net East (channel 102) at 7pm for the 90 minute show.
After intense preparation and competition, 10 finalists will walk the runway for the first time and they will showcase the clothing and jewellery of some of Africa and the world’s top designers, while some of the continent’s best performers will entertain the audience in Lagos and at home.
For the first time ever, Zimbabwe will be represented by two young models in the contest, 23 year old Tholakele Dlamini from Bulawayo and 18 year old Rosanna Hall from Harare. The models leave for Lagos this Saturday and one of them will hopefully proceed to New York after winning the contest!
Speaking at a press conference on Tuesday Hall expressed her delight in having had the opportunity to be in the show describing it as a “once in a lifetime opportunity.”
“Even if I fail to win,” Hall added, “it’s not going to be the end for me. I plan to continue with modeling.”
According to Hall the Face of Africa experience has brought clarity to the confusion she once had regarding the career she would pursue.
“I got to experience firsthand the life of a model. I really loved the hectic schedule, the fast paced life and the travelling. It was a dream,” the 18-year-old Dominican Convent student said.
Dlamini echoed her fellow representative adding that she would give it all her best come February 6.
“I will not hold back and do my best. Ultimately it’s all about what the judges want and hopefully I measure up,” the 23-year-old Buluwayan said.
She saluted her family for being supportive of her and for their understanding in spite of the general social perceptions concerning modeling.
As compatriots they were able to converse in Shona and give each other support throughout the whole experience.
“I was glad that I had someone to relate to and who had a grasp of where I was coming from because we would have clashes with the other contestants because of cultural differences,” Hall said.
Asked what they would do with the US$50 000 prize if they were to win, neither of the girls could give a firm response except to say they would “invest.”
Face of Africa is a pan-African model talent show search that M-Net began running in 1998. It searches for an African supermodel and awards the winner a life-changing modeling contract. Zimbabwe’s Greatmore Chatya represented Zimbabwe in 2005 and made it to the top five.
DStv audiences can also watch the next episodes of M-Net Face of Africa every Saturday at 7pm on M-Net and can log onto www.mnetafrica.com for the latest updates of the show. ––Staff Writer/Multichoice.