12 beauties vie for Face of Africa crown

TWELVE beauties have been selected to compete in the coveted M-Net Face of Africa 2009 competition.

TWELVE beauties have been selected to compete in the coveted M-Net Face of Africa 2009 competition.

The dozen finalists participated in the Swahili Fashion Week last month after their success at model boot camp.

The winner will be crowned at an event in Nigeria on February 6.

Two contestants from Zimbabwe, Roseanna, 17, and Tholakele, 23, made it through to the final leg of the competition.

The other finalists are 19-year-old aspirant journalist Benedicta of Ghana, 22-year-old Nigerian Blessing, 22-year-old Diana of Kenya, 18-year-old Ernania of Mozambique, 18-year-old model Esperanca of Angola, 21-year-old student Lilian of Tanzania, 22-year-old aspirant photographer and student Lukundo of Zambia, 20-year-old Marvis of Nigeria, Nardos, 19, of Ethiopia and 22-year-old Thembi of South Africa.

They will compete for a cash prize of about R385000 and a modelling contract with inaugural winner Oluchi Onweagba's O Model Africa.

The finale will be screened in February on DStv channel 110, following a 14-episode television series. Previous winners include Kate Tachie-Menson of Ghana and Kaone Kario of Botswana.

Entry to the competition, which started in 1998, is open to women between the ages of 17 and 24 in sub-Saharan Africa. The minimum height requirement is 1,72m and entrants should not have an existing modelling contract.

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