Oluchi Speaks On Her Plans For Africa’s Next Top Model

Nigerian Supermodel, Oluchi Onweagba remains one of Nigeria’s biggest stars in the world of modelling and she is conscious of this.

Rubbin’ Minds played host to the US based supermodel and she shared her dreams for models in Africa alongside the steps she has taken to develop the modelling industry on the continent.

The TV reality show, ‘Africa’s Next Top Model’ debuts on television across Africa on Sunday November 10, with Oluchi as the Executive Producer. She said that this will be an opportunity to give young African models the exposure to enable them compete at the international level.

She also spoke about her private life, maintaining her shape after childbirth, inter-racial marriage and other exciting sides to her successful career, including how she has managed to stay away from controversies.

Enjoy the interview.

Nigerian Fashion Industry Is Next Big Thing – Agbani Darego

A former beauty queen and former Miss World, Agbani Darego has said that the fast growing fashion industry in Nigeria will be the “next big thing” in the international market.

“I am excited for where we are right now and I know the fashion industry in Nigeria is going to be the next big thing, in my opinion,” she said while speaking on Channels Television’s breakfast programme, Sunrise, on Saturday.

Speaking about the life of a model, the fashion icon said the profession is not as glamorous as people think. “You have to be professional; you have to be on time. It’s not as glamorous as people think it is.”

“The process it takes to achieve the finished work which people see is a lot of work,” she said, adding that, “you are in hair and makeup for hours. You are on your feet all day long”.

Darego also confirmed her plans to leave the run way and move into the designing aspect of fashion although “modelling, obviously was my first love in the industry”.

Ms Darego expressed pleasure at progress so far in the fashion industry, adding that, “we still have a little way to go”.

She stated that there is a huge difference between what the industry is now compared to what it was when she debuted.

“You start and you grow,” she said.

“I am very blessed with the progress we have accomplished so far”.

The competition in Nigeria is becoming stiffer as many brands in the country shoot their commercials in other countries like South Africa thereby diminishing the opportunities available for Nigerian models.

Agbani Darego explained that most brands don’t understand the benefits models bring to their products. “Yes you may have the most amazing designs but if you don’t have the right model to help you market, then I’m sorry, you are not going to sell to anyone”.

She added that “as soon as we Nigerians recognise that then the modelling industry in Nigeria is going to grow even further than its doing already”.

We stand by Isabella Ayuk – MBGN Management

Despite the alleged lies that the current MBGN queen, Miss Isabella Ayuk, told about her age, the MBGN management has reacted saying “we stand by Isabella Ayuk, she shall not be dethroned”.

In a statement sent by the management, Mr. Guy Murray-Bruce says “Isabella remains the winner of the MBGN and accordingly is expected to carry out her duties as queen until next year when another queen is chosen”.

“Although she will not be vying for the Miss World title, she will be contesting for the Miss Universe crown, while MBGN Second Runner up, Miss Ifeoma Umeokeke will be at the Miss Tourism International holding later in the year in China”.

The decision to exchange her role and that of the 1st runner up was the decision of the organizer and for the collective  interest of the company and country he further added.

It’s our wish not to only raise the bar but replicate the groundbreaking records achieved by Agbani Darego, as the first Black Africa’s Miss World 2001 as well as some past queens, who have achieved remarkable results at some renowned international pageants in the recent past”.

Agbani graduates from New York University

Former Miss World, Agbani Darego has just  concluded her studies and obtained a degree in Psychology from the prestigious New York University.

Agbani was a student of Computer Science at the University of Port-Hacourt but suspended her studies after she won the Miss World title in 2001.

She then registered at the University of New York and has been able to strike a balance between her modeling career and schooling.

Agbani has had a successful career in modeling and has become a brand ambassador for L’Oreal, Gentle Touch amongst others.