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Venantia Otto from Namibia

The 2006 Nokia Face of Africa Finale took place on Sunday, the 13th of August 2006 in Sun City, Johannesburg, South Africa.
Venantia was chosen as the 2006 Nokia Face of Africa winner, her prize includes a US$150,000 contract with global modelling powerhouse, Elite Model Management, a weekend party in the African suite at the Palace of the Lost City valued at US$12,000, courtesy of Sun International, a Nokia 8800, US$10,000 in cash from Anglo Platinum as well as an exclusive piece of jewellery worth over US$18,000 designed by Shimansky Collection (WOW!!!!!).
Venantia is the second contestant from Namibia to win the prestigious competition, Benvinda Mudenge won in 1998. Let’s hope that Venantia does better than Benvinda who was sent home from New York for being too fat…..seriously…lol…See story HERE
Here are some pics from the event. I will have more in the next couple of days. Also, much props to the fab, Kotetso who dressed one of the contestants as part of the designer showcase…the outfit was too FAB!
Main Event

After-Party & Backstage

Anyway, I think Venantia is GORGEOUS and am glad she won! I wish her all the success in NY…Could she be the next Iman, Oluchi, Alec Wek or Liya Kebede?

I will also like your feedback on how to make the site better? Please any suggestions for future features? Who or what would you like to see? I will really appreciate any feedback and suggestions. THANKS!!!

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  1. chioma

    August 16, 2006 at 11:06 am

    I think you guys are doing a great job.This is the best Nigerian website I have seen so far…Keep up the good job.

  2. 4real

    August 16, 2006 at 12:06 pm

    The industry is pure vanity and there should be more press on how the girls are pimped to the west instead of ending up on a blog where they’re ridiculed for being washed up ashore like a soggy tampon.

    Anyone who can see knows africa gets no love.

  3. Dammie

    August 16, 2006 at 12:51 pm

    Awwwwwwwwwwww, see my pretty african girls!!

    Goodluck to her!!!

  4. TaureanMinx

    August 16, 2006 at 12:59 pm

    Okaaayy 4real.

    Okay Bella how do you get these pics really…are they looking for photographers?

  5. Adaure

    August 16, 2006 at 2:40 pm

    She is cute

  6. Bella Naija

    August 16, 2006 at 2:50 pm

    Taurean…we’ll discuss…

    4 Real….no comment really…this is a fashion and entertainment website….i suggest that u start ur own blog and discuss ur personal vendetta against the modelling industry…in the future, avoid using such language here…

    Adaure!!! that is all u have to say…r u ill????? lol

  7. Dimples

    August 16, 2006 at 3:23 pm

    Pretty girl!!! deserved winner…I say she even has all the so called “African features”
    Good luck to her!!!
    …Bella ur doing very well as it…the sky is ur limit…se u now want to improve and knock other bloggers off the world wide web???

  8. naijagal

    August 16, 2006 at 3:38 pm

    she is pretty! like the whole look. She should do okay in New york!

  9. Adaure

    August 16, 2006 at 4:34 pm

    Belle you got my comment… am i lying? Anyways it was too mean so i took it off. Like I said the BABE IS FINE O.. and with agood agent/manager she will be a STAR

  10. Icy

    August 16, 2006 at 4:41 pm

    Noooiicee yup she’s gonna work it… Congrats to V and koki always be rawking it. Go sis! Bella you no go kill me o.. I’m addicted…to your blog lol!

  11. Miss TiMi

    August 16, 2006 at 4:42 pm

    The girl is fyne. props to her!

  12. Anonymous

    August 16, 2006 at 5:50 pm

    she’s tall.
    she has cheekbones.
    nothing special, really.

  13. Onada

    August 16, 2006 at 6:01 pm

    all these pretty african models!!!!! i’m glad they are getting exposure. good luck to her.

  14. Biodun

    August 16, 2006 at 6:46 pm

    The girl dey fine, lol congrats to her, I hope she makes it big!

  15. Belle

    August 16, 2006 at 9:49 pm

    she’s cute, but i’ve seen women that look like her (face-wise). Hope she’s successful sha!

  16. Caramel..

    August 16, 2006 at 10:19 pm


  17. Bella Naija

    August 16, 2006 at 11:07 pm

    Caramel aka Cornelia….how dare u leave such a comment on this blog…if i catch u eh…infact u have been xed from my life….
    Everyone else, thanks for the comments! I know the girl looks a lil bit ‘vanilla’as in ordinary that is y some of u have been restraining urselves….see ya later

  18. inspired

    August 17, 2006 at 3:28 am

    ok, so i agree with the anonymous person (wetin u dey fear!), she’s pretty, she looks like a model, but i dont see the omigosh..she is fantastic quality in her. Wish her the best although im sure i spotted prettier girls backsatge.

    Bella, ur blog is seriously entertaining. Thumbs up. and i think the format is fantastic.

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