Nigerian supermodel Oluchi Orlandi was in South Africa to launch Africa’s version of Tyra Banks’ Next Top Model TV show. She spoke to Munya Vomo.
‘When I went to America after winning the first M-Net Face of Africa, I
struggled,” said Nigerian international model, Oluchi Orlandi, as she tried to
hold back her tears. “I want to dedicate the next five to 10 years of my life
to giving back to my African community and bringing Africa’s Next Top Model
here is the place to start. I may look 22, but I am not, so I can’t keep doing
this; someone has to take over from where I have left off,” Orlandi said.
Africa’s Next Top Model will seek out beauties across the continent and have
them converge in Cape Town to compete for the job.
“We are trying to have a show that will celebrate the beauty of the
diversity of Africa. I have people in New York who said I would never find
beautiful women here and that bugs me. I want to change that perception,” she
Eight countries will take part in the auditions – Tanzania, Ghana,
Mozambique, Angola, Kenya, Ivory Coast, Nigeria and South Africa. However, all
African women are urged to audition and those whose countries are not holding
auditions can visit a neighbouring nation to do so.