The 11th season of Africa’s premier model scouting competition, Nigeria’s Next Super Model, has come and gone. The just concluded occasion which was held at Oriental Hotel, Victoria Island, on the 15th of December 2017, saw the winner, Oyinade Onyikansola Omotosho take home a brand new Hyundai vehicle and one (1) million naira. Among the judges for the event were Bunmi Ademokoya, Anastasia Ubietu and Nnena Anozie of Escape Magazine. Each of the contestants for this year came with their unique backstories, some detailing lives of tumult, but ultimately with a sense of hope. Notable among these girls is Ngonzi Arumuku (discovered by Emmanuel Omene-Johnson), who hails from Igbanke, in Delta State. Prior to signing up as a contestant in Nigeria’s Next Super Model, she was making ends meet by hawking plantain along a highway in Sapele. She did all of this while being visually impaired. Through this competition, she is now signed to Isis Models Africa in Johannesburg, which is the proprietary owner of NNSM. Ngozi’s story is just one of many that serve to inspire hope in young girls and women in Nigeria and across Africa.
The final voting were as follows: Winner: Oyinade Omotosho (Enrole Models) 1st Runner up: Oguntuwashe Abidemi 2nd Runner up: Ngozi Arumuku 3rd Runner up: Diana Nole 4th Runner up: Mary Ata Azuzu Kira
All of the top 10 contestants were awarded contracts to Isis Models Africa, Johannesburg. Among the special guests in attendance were Hadjia Lamin Tumaka Director at NIMASA, T,Oke Maduewesi MD of Zaron Cosmetics, Aju Elumelu James, Data Okorodudu, Fifi Usman, Mr Mahogany of Mahogany production, Mr. Sola Oyebade, Laura Ikeji, Ms. Dabota Lawson, Bryan Ikenna Okwara and Meg Alabi. During the event, JP KOUTURE presented two amazing collections that held the audience spellbound. Style Squad by Stephanie presented her environmentally friendly piece worn by the outgoing winner, Ibukun Sammy. Other designers who presented during the competition were O’SANDERS, STITCHES BY NANCY, ADUNI OGE, previous Nigeria’s Next Super Model competition winners, Aisha Bello and Bunmi Ademokoya (Irin Ajo) who provided shoes for the girls on the runway. ZARON Cosmetics, one of Africa’s proudly owned cosmetics companies was the official make up sponsor. Other sponsors of the event were; CANON,SOFY PADS, STUDIO 24, MYSHA,BRAND UPTIMAL, WOWME and Centurion Security Company Limited. The host of the night was Sabrina Bella, another former Nigeria’s Next Super Model contestant.
Production crew: Temi Aboderin Alao – Creative Director Beatzfact – producer Uchenna Okwudima – producer Odis Production – Lighting and stage Linda Ikeji TV – Production Tokunbo Ajayi – Head of Production Olumide Adekunle Head of IT Larry Walker – Catwalk instructor Bolu – Dance Instructor Mr. Paul Allison – Production Crew
Media partners: Vanguard Allure, The Trent Online, AP, Silverbird TV and Page 3 ,Gold Myne TV, Escape Magazine, CK Knight Photography, Aura, Flytime TV, Samantha’s Choice (Kenya) and Hypeville Media. Special thanks and consideration go out to the event coordinator, Victoria Akor and Shadrack Ngosi, Head Booker Isis Models South Africa. Isis Models is a modelling agency wholly owned by Joan Okorodudu. Winners of the competition have gone one to walk for top brands such as; Gucci, Dolce and Gabana, Miu Miu, Hermes, Philip Lim, David Tlale, Deola Sagoe and many more. Text by hypeville media