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Meet M-Net Face of Africa 2010 twelve finalists

Blessing (BB to her friends) is a 21-year-old model from Lagos, Nigeria. She lists her greatest influence as inaugural Face of Africa winner and fellow…

Blessing (BB to her friends) is a 21-year-old model from Lagos, Nigeria. She lists her greatest influence as inaugural Face of Africa winner and fellow Nigerian, Oluchi Onweagba, because “she never gave up”. Her favourite actors are Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie and she loves the music of Keri Hilson. The pasta-loving Nigerian says the best thing about the Face of Africa model search is the modeling knowledge she has gained so far in the competition. Blessing relaxes by reading and enjoys watching soaps and movies.

22-year-old Diana is a 4th year student from Kakamega, Kenya. Nicknamed “Simbaress”, she says her home country is her favourite place in Africa because it is “peaceful, beautiful, exotic and friendly”. Her mom has influenced her most and her role model is her father because he practices what he preaches. “He says there are no short-cuts in life, we get what we deserve,” she says. Diana says the best thing about Face of Africa is meeting peers from different countries and the modeling discipline the scouts and judges have instilled in contestants.

Mozambican Ernania is an 18-year-old student from Maputo. She says the best things about Africa are the animals and nature – while she also enjoys the beauty of Paris. Her family has always encouraged her and told her she has a bright future ahead – something she is keen to embrace as part of the Face of Africa Top 12! If she weren’t a model, she would be a doctor.

Esperanca– nicknamed Hope – hails from Luanda, Angola. Already working as a model, the 21-year-old enjoys eating pasta, reading books by Dr Phil and is a big fan of scary movies. She would love to visit Zanzibar, because of its natural beauty. She lists her mother as her role model “because she always taught me to accept who I am – she inspires me in every way possible”. If she weren’t a model, she would channel her passion for fashion into becoming a designer. A self-confessed soap opera fan, Esperanca advises aspiring models to enter Face of Africa “not only for the fame, exposure and money, but for the experience that they will carry for the rest of their lives”.

Tanzania’s Lilian is a 21-year-old ‘student-cum-model’.She loves reading romance and fiction novels and her favourite food is rice & beans. She says the best thing about Africa is “the polite and courteous people” and she would love to visit Paris. Her proudest achievement is getting into university with good grades. Lilian loves basketball and tennis. She listens to music and reads to relax.

Lukundo is a 22-year-old student from Kabwe, Zambia. Currently studying for a certificate in Business Administration, Lukundo is a movie aficionado who lists Van Helsing, The Matrix, Transformers, Harry Potter, Pirates of the Caribbean and 300 as her favourite films. She says the best thing about Africa is its “beautiful historic places and wildlife” and names Paris as her favourite place outside the continent for its “beautiful ambience, food and perfumes”. Her sisters played a big role in her life because of their strength.

Marvis is a 20-year-old model/student from Delta State, Nigeria. Among her favourite foods is a combination of beans & chips, while she enjoys watching Style.com and Don’t Forget The Lyrics on television. Her favourite actress is fellow Nigerian, Stephanie Okereke and she lists another Nigerian, Face of Africa winner Oluchi Onweagba as her role model. She is most proud of reaching the semi-finals of Face of Africa because she has learnt more than she ever thought possible during the competition.

Nardos is a 19-year-old student from Ethiopia. Her favourite musician is Beyonce Knowles and her favourite movie is The Matrix. Inspired by her family and friends, Nardos has loved traveling during the Face of Africa competition. If she weren’t a model, she would love to be an engineer. She lists her favourite personality  as Oprah Winfrey “because she has a strong personality” and says the best thing about Africa is the people, food and cultural dances.

Zimbabwean Roseanna from Harare loves pizza and Toblerone and lists her favourite books as “Pride and Prejudice” and “Things Fall Apart”. Her first-ever sighting of the sea during Face of Africa Boot Camp instantly made Mombasa’s beach her favourite place in Africa. To Roseanna, the best thing about Africa is that “we are all so different and diverse but we can come together like old friends”. She says the best thing about Face of Africa is the fact that she gets to travel and see beautiful places she never even knew existed.

South African Thembi is 22-years-old and is currently studying Electrical Engineering.  She loves chicken and seafood and her favourite book is “The Secret”. Her role model is Lerato Moloi because “she is a hard worker, a very calm person.” Thembi’s life has been influenced most by her mother “because she taught me how to be strong and never give up – and she is very successful”. Thembi says the best thing about Face of Africa is learning about modeling and meeting different kinds of people like Josie Boraine. To relax, Thembi watches movies, listens to classical music, reading and “a little bit of exercise”. If Thembi hadn’t been presented with the opportunity to model, she would love to become an engineer.

23-year-old Tholakele from Harare, Zimbabwe is the oldest Face of Africa 2010 finalist. The Harare-born model enjoys the music of Enrique, Ciara, Ashanti and Donnie McClurkin and enjoys animated movies – as her two favourites, Madagascar and The Lion King, show. Her favourite place in Africa is Zimbabwe and she says the best thing about Africa is that “it is beautiful, unique and has natural wonders”. Tholakele lists her mother as her role model because “she is the one who helped me develop a character and taught me to embrace life because you only live it once”. She would love to be a food technologist.

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