It's Shine Time For Models

By Daily Graphic

Oluchi - one of the world's top model is from West AfricaGhanaian models who believe they have what it takes to conquer the sub-region can now get an outlet to be noticed with the recent launch of the premier edition of the Ace Model West Africa Reality Show in the Cross River State of Nigeria.

Organised by Qtaby Events in collaboration with Tinapa Business and Leisure Resort and Beyond the World Ghana, the Ace Model West Africa Reality Show is open to models from Ghana, Benin, Nigeria and Cote d'Ivoire and will come off from February 10 to March 21, next year.

After auditions in Accra, Cotonou, Lagos, Abuja, Calabar and Abidjan, the reality show will host 16 aspiring models of both sexes between 18 to 27 years at the Amber Hotels located at the Tinapa resort for six weeks.

During that period, world-class models are expected to visit the house to tutor the housemates on all aspects of modeling.

Renowned artistes and dignitaries will also pay surprise visits to the housemates to impart skills on personality building and social responsibilities to the housemates.

Tasks prepared for the housemates will take them to various popular tourist sites in Nigeria.

There will be pre-eviction shows before every eviction during which the housemates would have to prove how they have improved with their modeling skills.

Two housemates shall be evicted every five days and the winner at the end of the show will receive a cash prize of $10,000, a brand new car and a modeling contract.

The winner will also tour three African countries to speak at seminars on how to respect and protect African heritage.

There will be prizes for the two runners-up as well.

In a chat with The Mirror, the media representative for the organisers in Ghana, Kwesi Kwatia, said the aims of the modeling reality show include promoting the artistic ingenuity of African youth, equiping the models with the requisite knowledge to enable them pursue purposeful professional careers and changing the general view of models from physically-conscious individuals to socially-aware persons.

'The show promises to be exciting and it will be a wonderful opportunity for aspiring models to showcase their talents,' Kwatia said.

Africa has produced world-class models including Oluchi from Nigeria, Alek Wek from Sudan, Iman from Somalia as well as Belinda Baidoo and Kate Techie-Menson from Ghana.

It is expected that the next big model to strut the world's catwalks and grace the front covers of prestigious fashion magazines would be a product of the Ace Model West Africa Reality Show project.