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Sunday, December 2, 2012

NIGERIA'S NEXT SUPERMODEL 2012- ALL HAIL THE NEW QUEEN OF THE CATWALK


ELATED FAVOUR LUCKY IN HER NEW CAR
At just 14 years old, Favour Lucky has the world laid bare before her. The tall teenager at about 6 feet is already, and that's if all works out well , on the way to super-stardom. Some are already of the opinion, that the heir-apparent to Oluchi Orlandi's crown as finally arrived.

She emerged the new queen of modeling in Nigeria at the recently concluded NNSM 2012, amongst the 23 that competed for the same crown. It was a fierce competition, 3 of those who competed came in from the UK, the US & Canada. But at the end of the day, the judging panel, made up of the likes of Deon Redman, a top South African Fashion show producer and model scout, Walid Attalah, top Lebanese Couturier, known world over for his unbelievably gorgeous outfits, that cost millions of dollars (We heard reliably that he would soon be opening a store in Nigeria), top fashion icon, architect of note & philanthropist, Princess Fifi Ejindu, fashionista extraordinaire and renowned wellness advocate, Dr Vivian Oputa, the founder of Isis Model Agency and main organiser of the NNSM, Joan Okorodudu, Editor, New African Woman Magazine, Regina Jane Jere, Samer Ratta, the Executive Editor of Moda Style, one of the biggest fashion magazines in the world & Jemma Ford, a top representative of FTV, who came in from South Africa, were all convinced beyond any doubt that Favour Lucky was the one deserving of the crown and they all unanimously awarded her the crown. 

Favour Lucky, born February, 1998, meaning she would be 15 very early next year, would use the next one and half years to learn the nitty-gritty of the modeling world, so as to better prepare her for the grueling world of international modeling. 2 unbelievable names for just one person- Favour & Lucky. Seems like the name has done her unbelievable good. For emerging the winner, she went home with a brand new car, a Kia Rio, keys and car were delivered to her immediately. The young winner already has her work well cut out for her though. Yes she can't work as much as she would want now, because of her age, she must be 16 before she can go all out, but she's already engaged by L'Oreal Paris in Nigeria, through their  hair brand Dark & Lovely for some work. Favour, was not the only winner on the night, Olubunmi Ademokoya, who is Isis Model Agency, biggest fish, having modeled round the world, Istanbul, Johannesburg, Cape Town, London, Washington, New York, Paris etc, she was the former 'Best Model of the World at a very early stage in her career, and was also a winner on the day, she got a brand new car, a Chevrolet Avio car and $3000 dollars gift and would be going on an all expense paid trip to Spain, Milan & Paris. Other winners on the night, were Jessica Okpo from Cote'd ivoire, who won the crown of Africa Next SuperModel  & got $2000 dollars, and an all expense paid trip to Paris, France. Flavinia Matata, from Tanzania was declared Africa's Most Outstanding Model of the year 2012. Princess Fifi Ejindu, need we say more about her, got a recognition award as Nigeria's Style Icon of the Decade, while Caleb Eguenu, was also recognised for his Charity Works. 

It was a great night, the venue of the event- Oriental Hotel, was packed to the brim, we believe there were over a thousand guests at the event, we saw the likes of top designer Ngozi Nkoloenyi, Ronke Ademiluyi, founder of the Africa Fashion Week London, designer extraordinaire Data Okorodudu of the JD7 fame, former Miss Nigeria 2004 to 2010, Eme Maya-Lawani, MD of Studio 24, Abuja, Chris Oputa, several of the MBGN Queens, Publisher of FAB Magazine, Akinjide Babs-Familusi, Club owner Ruby Dabbour of Caliente(they organised the after party), top South-Sudan supermodel in the making Ajok Kuol-Manyang, Samantha Dollar, CEO of Zohi Taglit, upcoming star actress Beverly Naya, young upcoming designer of note Yinka Fashola of MOOFA Designs, CEO of E24/7 Biodun Kupoluyi, the Consular General of the French Embassy, the CEO of Bouygues Construction & several of their directors, top execs of TotalFina/Elf, FTV crew, Associated Press crew, Reuters crew, CEO of FTV Africa, Russell Connolly, Benjamin Nweke and so many others.

This is probably the biggest NNSM ever done so far, in terms of budget, coverage, number of guests, sponsorships and supports, gifts etc and they must be commended for a job well-done. 

The night's host was Brian Okpara, former Mr Nigeria.
PRINCESS FIFI EJINDU- FASHION ICON OF THE DECADE


ENE MAYA-LAWANI, EX MISS NIGERIA


CHRISTIAN LOUBOUTIN WORN BY ENE

SAMANTHA DOLLAR, CREATIVE DIRECTOR ZOHI TAGLIT


GOLD CHRISTIAN LOUBOUTIN AS WORN BY SAMANTHA


RUBY DABBOUR OF CALIENTE

 PLENTY MORE PICTURES AFTER THE BREAK. PLS CLICK ON READ MORE

DEON REDMAN

IMADE OGBEWI, WINNER NNSM 2011 WITH DEON REDMAN

DEON REDMAN & BRIAN OKPARA, EX MR NIGERIA

AISHA OLU & FRIEND

MBGN QUEENS


BEVERLY NAYA, SAMANTHA DOLLAR & ENE MAYA-LAWANI

BEVERLY & ENE


BUNMI ADEMOKOYA, EX BEST MODEL OF THE WORLD & FRIEND

BEVERLY NAYA & BUNMI ADEMOKOYA

THE LAST 3 STANDING, FAVOUR LUCKY ON THE RIGHT. ALL WEARING WALID ATTALAH

FIFI EJINDU & FRIENDS


JESSICA OKPO, WINNER AFRICA NEXT SUPERMODEL 2012



DEON REDMAN, ONOME OF EBONYVILLE, BEVERLY & FRIEND






CHRIS OPUTA, BEVERLY NAYA & FRIEND


JEMMA FORD OF FTV, FRIEND, BEVERLY NAYA & DEON REDMAN


ONE OF THE CONTESTANTS

FAVOUR LUCKY & CHRIS OPUTA

FAVOUR, MD/CEO OF STUDIO 24, CHRIS OPUTA & THE CAR GIFT DONATED BY HIS COMPANY


AISHA OLU, SAMER RATTA, DEON REDMAN, JOAN OKORODUDU, WALID ATTALAH & FRIEND

RONKE ADEMILUYI OF AFWL & REJINA JANE JERE, EDITOR NEW AFRICAN WOMAN

MODEL CHOREOGRAPHER, PRINCE & FRIEND



BUNMI ADEMOKOYA, FRIEND & AISHA BELLO, PAST WINNER NNSM

DR VIVIAN OPUTA




JESSICA OKPO FROM COTE D'IVOIRE

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