Started On :: 16/05/2012 - Ended On :: 17/06/2012
After months of canvassing, slimming down the numerous entries, the face of Africa competition was upon us. 15 semi-finalists turned up to fiercely fight for the top three spots... for what I hear you say...to become the ambassador to represent Women 4 Africa for the year 2012 which will cumulate at the Great Hall, Kensington on Saturday 19 May; not to mention the numerous wonderful prizes on offer.
The evening kicked off with wonderful make-up artist (Thank you Abi) beautifully making up the final 15. Founders Sam and Tola (who was also the compare for the evening) put last minute plans into place and the event was ready to go.... okay so they started slightly later than advertised!, but you know the saying, a great time will be had by all that wait J.
Our Industry judges for the evening were Theodora Ibekwe (founder Miss Elegant), Olu Solidvybz (entertainment businessman), Videlle Shah-Thomas (Celebrity model), Ibukun Jegede (Top Model of Model competition winner season 3) and Chichi Okafor (Miss Nigeria UK).
The finalist were first called to talk about themselves, it was good to see most contestants had brought a crowd of supporters with them. The contestants ranged from mothers, to business owners, entrepreneurs, a scientist, a nurse, PR managers and students among some of the profession of the contestants, some contestants had travelled as far afield as Nottingham. The contestants were deadly serious on their quest to become the face of women 4 Africa and I have to say they answered all questions with decorum, intellect and passion. Glad I wasn’t involved with the narrowing down to the final three.
Whilst the crowd were very participative and encouraging, the semi-finalist were equally supportive and encouraging amongst themselves; what great sports they were.
During the evening, the event and the roving reporter Darren encouraged crowd participation and interactions, the crowd were asked to vote for their top three, as well as voice their thoughts and opinions of the contestants based on attitude and verbal communication. The crowd strongly voiced their opinions, and were vocal on who they thought did well as well as voicing dissent on a couple of the questions asked by a judge.
There was plenty of opportunity to network, during the interlude, with music being played by DJ Stevon.
For the finale all the semi-finalists adorned black formal wear and posed for pictures, they were elegant and graceful; please see the website for photographs. Please go to http://www.faceofwomen4africa.com/photo-gallery/
Although, the crowd was asked to score the top three, the marks for the top 5 were very close, as such I was privy to the score of the top 5, and in no particular order they were Sotonye Diri, Fortunate Gasemokwena, Dianna Yekinni and Oyin Mogbeyi and Genevieve Flight! Well done ladies.
The whole evening was buzzing, there was a genuine feel of expectation and appreciation, people came out to support and have a good time...the consensus was that a great evening was had by all and if that was an indicator for May 19, then roll on Women 4 Africa.
Well done to the founders and the phenomenal team on the day.
A very special thanks goes out to the manager of the Zubi Bar – Sally and her amazing daughter.
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Finals will take place on Saturday the 19th of May 2012 at the Great Hall, Kensington W8 7NX
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