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I know every single fashion/entertainment blog is going to put up these pics, I hate being redundant so usually I wouldnt put them up but I really loved the pics and I’m very proud of Oluchi so I decided to put them up anyway.

Here is the full set of photos from Oluchi’s 3rd Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue feature and thats a huge deal in the modelling industry.
Check them out along with a brief Q & A and a copy of her playlist. I luv that she has 2Face on there.
***I put up the pics as thumbnails on purpose, there is no nudity but they are suggestive so you might want to avoid clicking them at work***

Pop Culture Q&A
First album you bought?
I honestly do not remember the first album I bought, I think it was Sade.
First concert you attended?
The first concert I attended was Fela Kuti concert in my home country of Nigeria.
Rock star that you know?
Rock star you want to know?
Gnarls Barkley is…
A musician.
Britney Spears is…
An All-American pop star and a mother.
K-Fed is…
Would that be Britney’s ex?
When I sing karaoke…
I smile, laugh and make fun of myself because I sound really bad even when I know the song but I love it anyway.
Song that reminds you of your first kiss?
Wyclef Jean’s Don’t Want to Lose Your Love.
Song that makes you cry?
Wyclef Jean’s Don’t Want to Lose Your Love. That song elicits a range of emotions for me.
What you wanted to be at age 10?
I wanted to be problem solver for my family.
Athlete that you want to know?
Soccer player Jay Jay Okocha, who plays for Qatar SC.
I’ll spend Valentine’s Day…
At the SI Swimsuit party but if I wasn’t I would spend Valentine’s Day waking up to fifty long red roses from my man, exchanging texts and sharing loving memorable thoughts all through the day, dinner at night and all night long. Bella Says: Sounds hectic LMAO!
What attracts you to a man?
The fact that they are opposite sex. Bella says: umm ok…!

AGE: 24. Bella Says: This is clearly a mistake from SI cause her DOB is August 1, 1980
BORN: Lagos, Nigeria
DISCOVERED: Oluchi was discovered by a modeling scout at the age of 17 while selling bread on the streets of Lagos. Shortly thereafter she moved to New York City to begin her modeling career.
SI RÉSUMÉ: This is Oluchi’s third appearance (2005, 2006, 2007) in the Swimsuit Issue.
DID YOU KNOW? At 17 Oluchi won the inaugural Face of Africa contest sponsored by a South African TV network. The prize: a three-year contract with Elite. In Igbo, a language spoken in Oluchi’s native Nigeria, her first name means “work of God.” Her father was a civil servant, and her mother was a nurse.

Can’t Stop Loving You – Phil Collins
White Ladder – David Gray
Babylon – David Gray
Irreplaceable – Beyonce
Locked up – Akon
Wanna Love You – Akon
Hello – Lionel Richie
African Queen – 2Face Idibia
One Love – 2Face Idibia
Don’t Wanna Lose Your Love Tonight – Wyclef Jean

In other news, Luca Luca Guy Drops $3.345 M. in Gramercy
Forty-two-year-old Luca Orlandi, the celebrity-friendly founder of Luca Luca, will have a nice new nest to feather now that his fall line has finished exhibiting at Fashion Week.
According to city records, the designer has bought a duplex penthouse co-op at the Gramercy House at 22nd Street and Second Avenue for $3.345 million.
In August 2005, Mr. Orlandi married the Nigerian-born supermodel Oluchi Onweagba; recently, his firm moved its offices from above the store to an office building closer to Bryant Park.

That’s it. For more on the SI Swimsuit Issue, Click HERE

Feels Good 2 B Home & Naijagal also blogged about it.
Let us know what you think. I’m going back to bed. Ciao!
Please give us your vals day gist as well!
Thanks anonymous!!!!
Banke Meshida and Olanrewaju Lawal’s wedding website – HERE
Wedding was last weekend – I saw the pics (Cant put the link up tho) – Beautiful!

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  1. Anonymous

    February 15, 2007 at 5:08 am

    Nice I saw the pics on naijagals site earlier I think they are hot

  2. Dammie

    February 15, 2007 at 5:11 am

    She’s looking S-M-A-S-H-I-N-G!!!!

    Lmao @ as far as the person is a guy, she is attracted!!!……LoL

  3. Anonymous

    February 15, 2007 at 5:39 am

    they could have at least creamed her elbows a bit – ah ah – what is this now.

  4. merq

    February 15, 2007 at 6:11 am

    Beyond hot.

  5. AbujaBabe

    February 15, 2007 at 8:14 am

    Hmmm Nice to read about Oluchi always wanted a lil insight to her for some reason. Until reading Bella I never really read anything about her! Thanks Bella:) She looking good to me… but i get this urge to want to feed her!!… she needs a lil food just a lil

  6. Confessions of a moody crab

    February 15, 2007 at 10:21 am

    Those boobs and legs!!! Hmmmmm….


    February 15, 2007 at 10:53 am

    I wonder, those fake azz 50 pounds boobs and chicken legs! Is this modeling or girls-gone-wild pics?!!! Poor Naija girl; dis Oyimbo people gonna experiment on her skinny azz..her Italian husband must be enjoying this freak show!

  8. Uzo

    February 15, 2007 at 12:32 pm

    Its so hard to believe she was discovered hawking bread. Life is something else….

  9. Mari

    February 15, 2007 at 1:36 pm

    Honestly not impressed with her pictures though I give her mad props for her modelling career and how far she has gone with it. Kudos.

  10. SET

    February 15, 2007 at 2:31 pm

    Hi Bella, I am proud of Oluchi

  11. Anonymous

    February 15, 2007 at 2:32 pm

    These photos are not as flattering nor exciting as the Sports Illustrated Beyonce photos and swimsuits from House of Dereon. My favourite swimsuit being the orange one.

  12. TaureanMinx

    February 15, 2007 at 2:49 pm

    hmm I aspire to take much better shots than that. I only like the one where she is sitting on the circular chairs at the bar/counter. Some of them are plain odd like the one where she is squatting over a guitar..what is that all about?

  13. zaiprincesa

    February 15, 2007 at 2:57 pm

    AHn Ahn..Oluchi is lookin quite bunz oh!…hmm..did she get a boob job??? mind just hating…

  14. Omolabake

    February 15, 2007 at 3:00 pm

    what gets me all the time when I see Oluchi on TV or posters in the stores is HOW WONDERFUL GOD IS….there’s no rag to riches story over that for real….

    Valentine was not bad at all oooo..
    BF got me a perfume and a very very nice bag. Then went to the movies to see Tyler Perry’s new movie “Daddy’s Little Girls”….it was so gooood.

  15. Icy

    February 15, 2007 at 4:00 pm

    I’m digging it all jare.. She’s rawking it.. Okay I have to be defender here. ya’ll talking eeeuish about the shots.. I bet you wouldn’t feel the least bit comfortable in swimsuit if it were you (as per NAIJA). talkless of having the whole world see it…and the guys complaining I know ya’ll will kill your sisters if they even take one bikinish shot. PROPS JARE OLUCHI! YOU LOOKED GOOD IN THEM ALL.

  16. Overwhelmed Naija Babe

    February 15, 2007 at 4:28 pm

    Oluchi is a hottie!!! If we could all look so good in a bikini! Oh my gosh.. valentines day was HOT!!! My first one ever(at least the first one i celebrated)… where do i start… rose abi na dinner abi na champagne ‘baths’… lol… lemme just keep it pg-13 and say ‘it was great’.. lol.. hope urs was too bella.

  17. Overwhelmed Naija Babe

    February 15, 2007 at 4:33 pm

    Hmm.. i just watched her si video.. dang she talks weird! is it a naija accent… european? american… she ‘warbles’ her words… I don’t know.. i’m going to watch it again and come to my conclusion.. lol.

  18. Anonymous

    February 15, 2007 at 4:59 pm

    I heard that the story about her being discovered while she was hawking bread is a lie. Just like the modeling world lied about Iman’s discovery.

  19. tatafo!

    February 15, 2007 at 5:06 pm

    bella get well soon!

  20. Anonymous

    February 15, 2007 at 5:30 pm

    I like that she embraces her naija roots.

  21. Anonymous

    February 15, 2007 at 5:32 pm

    i do agree with you, overwhelmed naija babe, oluchi talks funny, i dont get that accent

  22. Anonymous

    February 15, 2007 at 5:51 pm

    awwww thought she was preggers from the first pic.

  23. Tutsy

    February 15, 2007 at 6:06 pm

    From hawking bread to living in a $3.34 million dollar house….omo, now that is what i call a classic rags to riches story. Oluchi Onweagba (abi na wetin be im last name) na you biko……may fortune smile on us too o.
    As per the pic…..errrrr….they were “aight”…..I will have to go with Icy on this one though, it takes a lot of guts to model a swimsuit. So she deserves some mad props for letting it all hang out…gon’ with your bad self babez, i ain’t mad at you….omo, you are too bonz!!!
    Now on some “gbeborun” scoop….bella i thought i read somewhere that she was pregnant??? me i no carry my eyes see the bele o

  24. damsel

    February 15, 2007 at 6:11 pm

    Proud of Oluchi. She’s done very well and good that she has not been involved in any scandals.

  25. Anonymous

    February 15, 2007 at 6:14 pm

    Banke Meshida’s wedding website…

  26. Nanya

    February 15, 2007 at 7:49 pm

    I love Oluchi to death. I hate the SI swimsuit edition..Victorias Secret Catalogue has better pictures; I think Bey’s cover is meh! and so are most of these pics..They dont do the two gorgeous women justice but realistically speaking their audience is mostly male and I doubt their audience will notice.

  27. vindication through innocence

    February 15, 2007 at 8:29 pm

    She is freakin HOT!!!

  28. Vera Ezimora

    February 15, 2007 at 9:58 pm

    She’s gorgeous. She looks absolutely stunning!!

    …off to check the wedding website

  29. Chic

    February 15, 2007 at 11:42 pm

    I don’t she got a boob job, I think she just finished maturing. And it’s not like she went from a negative AA cup to a G, haba, na the growth hormones in american milk and italian cheese that helped her bosom grow.

  30. Angela

    February 16, 2007 at 4:51 am

    Bella don come again oooooh! thanks girl…i jus trust u sha
    those pictures are ok sha…i’ve seen better.
    Tho this is a good career move for her and i am happy for her cos she is doing big…but hmmmm thos pictures be one kind. All i see na bones and conspicuous boobs everywhere. we’ve seen Tyra, Naomi Campbell and even Beyonce’s SI shots…they ddidn’t look so …er…trashy! Yes i said it call me a a hater but i swear i love oluchi and i am proud she is repping us big tyme but co’mon y;all we’ve seen better. too scrawny, too bony too ordinary, to ANTM-ish (those kinda pictures would have gotten most models eliminiated from ANTM)….not all that.
    Now is she really 24? abi dem don go Nnewi General hospital go obtain “new and improved” birth safitikate? bbhwahhahahha…LOL! i know her friends and they at least 27 yrs old and up. I’m jsut saying oh.

  31. chioma

    February 16, 2007 at 6:43 am

    Yeah those pics are okay and yes she is about 27 ‘cos I happen to know that her immediate elder sis. is 29. One of my pals good friend.But you know in this there modelling game, the younger one is , the more sought after…But she is a cool girl though, very humble

  32. chioma

    February 16, 2007 at 6:45 am

    And anyways…happy new year and happy valentine’s day to everyone

  33. Naijadude

    February 16, 2007 at 7:13 am

    She’s gergeous…Very hot looking eh! Wedding website looks chaotic!!

  34. Miss Chi Chi

    February 16, 2007 at 8:56 am

    thanks for the shout-out Bella!

  35. Mona

    February 16, 2007 at 12:11 pm

    Woww she looks fab…..nice one…

    Hey Check ur email xx

  36. Olawunmi

    February 16, 2007 at 12:38 pm

    this woman is HAWT!!!! damn!

    i’ll be back.

    [rushing into the cold cold shower]

  37. dehzaaaaaa

    February 16, 2007 at 1:57 pm

    how lean is she??? awesome stuff!!!

  38. Anonymous

    February 16, 2007 at 2:04 pm

    yes O…she so got a boob job! some pics were HOT and others flat out tacky! Bella…have u got any idea where the shoot took place? The house in the last shot looks oh so familiar! it looks like Elvis Presley’s house in Memphis…dunno! just thot to put that out there. anyone know?

  39. Anonymous

    February 16, 2007 at 2:07 pm

    i think, she had a boob job its very obvious , the pics are alright, abit atnm-ish , like angela said. I am proud of her though

  40. Anonymous

    February 16, 2007 at 3:08 pm

    I am not impressed with the wedding site and banke and her man look good together

  41. Favoured Girl

    February 16, 2007 at 4:39 pm

    Is it just me, or is there something just a bit wrong in these photos? Oluchi herself is a hot babe no doubt, and the swim wear is cool. But the background setting in the pics are wrong, the make-up is just there and some of the poses are ridiculous.

  42. Anonymous

    February 16, 2007 at 6:19 pm

    Is it me or does this Banke chik sound a little vain….

  43. Anonymous

    February 16, 2007 at 10:09 pm

    1) Her breasts are real

    2) At least she’s representing Naija

    3) Stop hating yall!!!

  44. Anonymous

    February 16, 2007 at 10:56 pm

    stating yone’s opinion doesnt necesasry mean one is hating

  45. Angela

    February 17, 2007 at 1:53 am

    Up Nigeria!
    You can’t beg to differ these days without being tagged “hater”
    let’s agree to disagree jare. She is a super model and some of us simply expected more that these average shots! kapish?

  46. laspapi

    February 17, 2007 at 2:45 am

    You gave Oluchi a human face for me. I knew very little about her.

  47. jaja

    February 19, 2007 at 4:23 am

    I’mno groupie but that Ovie Mughelli is HOT. And the fact he is Nigerian adds points, big time. I will drive to baltimore and …. leme not get into all that. On the other hand, Oluhi’s body is sick! I will be heading to the gym tomorrow morning thanks to her inspiration!

  48. Anonymous

    November 26, 2007 at 2:33 pm

    Oluchi looks fantastic and I hope her career continues to fluorish. At least something positive about Nigeria exists in the world besides 419 and phishing scams. She’s out there making it happen and you losers are here complaining about her boobs/shots/ etc. She doesn’t even know you exist, hahaha…. get out and make your own dreams happen forum fools!!!

  49. skenod

    November 28, 2007 at 7:19 pm

    She hasn’t forgotten her roots and that’s why i love her, she is also giving back to the society that raised her, She volunteers her time and her image for such NGOs as LEAP Africa (an entrepreneurship incubator) and NIPRO. her first son’s name, Ugochukwu shows how strong and proud she is attached to the Nigerian culture. Somebody needs to talk to our popular Musician, “Seal”, he can never be a British, no matter hard he tries and claims.

  50. Amaka

    July 2, 2008 at 4:29 am

    I wish I was that thin! She is a GORGEOUS African-Igbo woman!!! Congratulations to her and her husband, who so happens to be white. I know I have no business getting into the details of their lives. I’m just glad that she maintains a website… and it’s AMAZING! Go to for more!

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