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Check out these African girls repping at the 2010 M-NET Face of Africa TV series!

Supermodels Iman and Oluchi & fab South African designer, David Tlale will be judges in the Finale!

Other judges include Nduka Obaigbena (founder Arise Magazine & ThisDay Media Group),  John Kaveke (one of Kenya’s leading designer), Helen Jennings (Arise Magazine Editor-in-Chief) and Josie Borain (South Africa’s first Supermodel).

The 2010 Face of Africa Finale is taking place this coming Saturday, February 6th. The face-off (pun-intended) will be broadcast live from the Eko Hotel Exhibition Centre in Lagos, Nigeria. We caught up with one of the judges Helen as she prepared to head to Lagos, Nigeria for the finale!

FaraiToday.Com: About ten or so girls are competing for the Face of Africa award, the award that launched the modelling career of Oluchi Onweagba-Orlandi. As one of the judges, what are you looking for in the next Face of Africa model?

Helen: We’ll be looking for runway and high fashion editorial appeal – do they have the height, figure, transmutable beauty and strong personality to cut in on international runway.

FaraiToday.Com: The contestants are from different parts of Africa, different African countries…is it possible to find a girl who would be a representative of the diversity that is Africa?

Helen: No one girl can represent the diversity of African beauty, that’s impossible. But one girl can do her part by making her own unique look work globally and representing her own country with pride.

FaraiToday.Com: Arise Magazine is really at the forefront of raising the standard in profiling African Fashion, African Designers…..I see that you & Mr. Nduka are judges, how did this come about?

Helen: M-NET approached ARISE as the perfect media partner for the event. We’ll both be judges, I cover the competition and interview the winner in the magazine and the winner will also model at the ARISE African Collective Part III show at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York later this month. As ARISE is dedicated to promoting African fashion and culture around the world, we’re happy to be part of Face Of Africa.

FaraiToday.Com: You work out of the Arise offices in London, England and you have been involved in fashion & the arts for a long time and are very respected….how do African models/girls measure up with the rest of the world, in particular the West – where most of these girls have set their eyes on?

Helen: It’s true, the standard in modelling is set in Europe, where African/black models are under represented for various and complicated reasons. The ones that do make a name for themselves, such as Kinée Diouf (the latest ARISE cover girl) measure up in every way, as each issue of ARISE and Vogue’s Black Issue last year prove. The challenge now is to get more of them in magazines and on runways so that the debate of racism in fashion can finally be put to bed.

FaraiToday.Com: You will be judging with the legendary & iconic model, Iman, supermodel Oluchi, Arise Africa Fashion Designer of the Year, David Tlale, Mr. Nduka etc – should the girls be nervous, as in “be scared, be very, very scared?”

Helen: Of course not! They just need to be themselves and do their best. It will be a great night.

FaraiToday.Com: Yes, it will be an awesome night! Best wishes to you and to all the contestants! Thank you Helen & safe travels to Nigeria!

Here are the Top 12 Contestants for the 2010 M-Net Face of Africa competition.

19 year-old Benedicta Tweneboa-Kodua of Accra, Ghana

21 year-old Blessing Bassey of Lagos, Nigeria

22 year-old Diana Nekoye of Kakamega, Kenya

18 year-old Ernania Manuel of Maputo, Mozambique

21 year-old Esperanca Vemba (nicknamed Hope) of Luanda, Angola

21 year-old Lilian Mduda from Tanzania

22 year-old Lukando Nalungwe of Kabwe, Zambia

20 year-old Marvis Offor from Delta State, Nigeria

19 year-old Nardos Abebe of Ethiopia

Rozana Hall from Harare, Zimbabwe

22 year-old Thembi Kobedi from South Africa

23 year-old Tholakele Dlamini from Harare, Zimbabwe

The 2010 M-NET Face of Africa Finalists!

The winner will receive US$50 000 from M-Net plus a modeling contract with O Model Africa, which is helmed by the first Face of Africa winner Oluchi Onweagba-Orlandi.

Pick your favorite to win & let us know! Please leave your comments below!

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  • RandomnOne

    Totally fab and it looks like it will be a tight race! Ohhh the good times…I rememberr Oluchi’s crowning

    I am going with Tholakele D, Esperanza V and Blessing

    I have not read their bios but I am pinning my hopes on those three!

  • Laura

    you go Di!!!!

  • farai

    Esperanza Vemba of Angola and Blessing Bassey of Nigeria have that “IT” look for me.

    I also do not see them awarding the 2010 Face of Africa to Nigerian! Another African country should rep this year…

    Will keep you guys in the know as soon as winner is announced!


  • http://faraitoday Corinta Grace

    Im proud of face of africa
    I strongly feel that esperança Vemba from Angola is the best for this year.
    I just read her buigraphy, God where doers she take all this confidence, now I believe that no matter where you came from or your family status you can always be who you want to.

  • Cynthia

    I really dnt want blessing to win, she has an attitude…..

  • nicole

    diana nekoye… MY GAL 4 LIFE!!!! im happy for her and her achievements… you go gal!!!! :)))))))) welcome back home party awaits you wen you touch down..:)

  • farai

    Ok Cynthia! I guess Blessing should not count on your vote! LOL! May the best girl win & Lukundo did! So, you got your wish Cyn!


  • mary

    gal u hv made us to be proud of u