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‘Next Top Model’ sashays into Africa with Oluchi



I have watched every single episode of Tyra Banks’, ‘America’s Next Top Model’ since the first cycle so you can imagine my level of excitement when I opened this month’s issue of True Love West Africa and found out that ‘Next Top Model’ is coming to Africa!

Nigerian Supermodel Oluchi will be the host of the West African version of ‘Next Top Model’. See more details below.


The Nationally syndicated TV Show Next Top Model is schedule to begin in Africa in January 2009. This show will follow the same format as the original American’s Next Top Model created by Tyra Banks. West Africa’s next top model show will be produced by StatsMedia Group an international production company owned by Tope Esan and Martin Fayomi. Supermodel Oluchi Onweagba will be the host for the West Africa series. StatsMedia is the only company that was granted the exclusive rights the form CBS Paramount International Television to produce this reality show in Africa. CBS is the official licensor of the series format.

The format will be produced every season by region on the African continent with the initial start up being in

Oluchi & Tyra

Oluchi & Tyra

West Africa. True Love West Africa is the media partner and official magazine for West African’s Next Top Model. The magazine will commence scouting for the 16 contestants of the reality show in December 2008 in several regions in West Africa (Cote D’ivoire, Ghana, Sierra Leone, Senegal, Liberia & Nigeria) with production scheduled for spring 2009. The show will air on major African networks and on cable TV. The winner will receive a lucrative international modeling contract, a cover of True Love magazine and numerous endorsement deals from various companies in the fashion industry nationally and internationally. This version of Next Top Model will not only highlight the models but the continent of Africa for its tourist attractions, cultures, values and its booming 21st century economy.


PR Representation: ICY PR


  1. sally

    November 14, 2008 at 5:16 am

    ICY’s on this?? LOVE 🙂

  2. sally

    November 14, 2008 at 5:17 am

    not on this as in “on the show” but as in she’s handling the PR for this? lol. that’s fabulous!!!!!!

  3. Bgal

    November 14, 2008 at 12:14 pm

    Wow! I can’t wait for this one. I know it’ll be fabulous.

  4. TiLii

    November 14, 2008 at 3:21 pm

    i hope when they say WEST AFRICA – they mean just that, and not have one country contestants outnumber the other

  5. Mina

    November 14, 2008 at 7:04 pm

    OMG!! i’m surprised and as well excited about this. I’m in the U.S and have watched quite a number of ANTM episodes and always wished Nigeria could have her version. And at last, here it is. Awww, how i wish i could watch it. Please bella, post the videos as soon as it starts.
    Also, i love this website. I just found it online and i’m so happy as it keeps me very much updated with the happenings in naija which i always wanted. Thanks guys.

  6. Omozele

    November 17, 2008 at 3:29 pm

    I cant wait for this to start, frankly, I am tired of ANTM I think Ms Banks has saturated the media outlets with it.. Something totally different is appreciated right now… let the cat fight begin lol 🙂

  7. Chyoma

    November 18, 2008 at 2:36 am

    wooop! woop! luv antm, cnt wait for wantm!
    sounds like fun….xxx

  8. Diana

    November 18, 2008 at 2:48 pm

    I hope Oluchi is taking voice lessons- I have heard her speak before and I was not impressed- her English is appalling and her accent is so put-on!

  9. patricia

    November 19, 2008 at 2:06 am

    Are you for real Diana??? She is Oluchi and she can speak as she wishes!!!!!! Get real.

  10. chi chi

    November 19, 2008 at 2:56 am

    maybe you should be the one to give her some speech or voice lessons… i luv her accent u rock girl…

  11. Modelchic

    November 19, 2008 at 9:40 pm

    I agree. I find that “West Africa” often means Nigeria

  12. Lamide

    November 20, 2008 at 1:32 am

    @ Sally: I’m an ICY fan too, I’m sure the PR will be so great! Looking forward to it!!

  13. Drex

    November 20, 2008 at 3:11 pm

    those legs are wonderful

  14. john

    November 21, 2008 at 5:03 pm

    haha. im like bella. ive literally seen every episode of ANTM. Ive seen it detoriate with every passing season, watched as the stigma of having been on ANTM meant you will never really get any modelling jobs EVER. having said that, i must add miss oluchi is FIEEERCCE!!! in nigeria now, cant WAIT for it to start!!

  15. Na so!

    November 23, 2008 at 2:37 am

    I love our continent but one thing that seems to bother me is that we are all lumped together as if we are one tiny country – which we AIN’T! So, why ‘America’s Next Top Model’, ‘Canada’s Next Top Model’, Britain’s Next Top Model’ and even ‘Australia’s Next Top Model’ but we get ‘WEST AFRICAN NEXT TOP MODEL’ and we’re supposed to be fine with that?!
    Like Bella, I have watched every episode of ANTM so I am happy it’s coming to Nigeria, but what happens to the other African countries, eh?

  16. ify

    November 25, 2008 at 2:38 pm

    well Africa is a huge continent made up of different countries not State.

  17. Ekachi

    November 25, 2008 at 11:11 pm

    Please, please post the videos when WANTM begins! Being the US w/ no cable – i’m sure I will not be watching via television! And as someone getting tired of ANTM, I’ll be glad to see something new 🙂

  18. anita

    November 26, 2008 at 5:37 pm

    its really cool to have d show come 2 west africa. culd u post more details about it cos im really interested.

  19. Tolade

    November 28, 2008 at 8:41 pm

    Wow! I’m so excited ova dis. I can wait 2 watch it coz I’m really interested.

  20. Lola

    December 12, 2008 at 2:30 pm

    Diana, this site is not meant for u, mama too sabi

  21. silver

    December 12, 2008 at 11:12 pm

    @ diana am sure if u where Oluchi by now ur own accent might be more dan the Queen’s…pls be real abeg…

  22. chi9ja

    January 19, 2009 at 11:27 am

    its not even oluchi’s voice i am worried about, i can live with the fact that her voice is deep-set, its d lack of life that i can’t take, she is so BORINGGGGGGGGGGGGGGG.

  23. rita

    January 25, 2009 at 4:47 am

    u no the girl,how u take no say she dey boring,she was the host of face of africa ,and she did a good job.and that is the main reson they gave her the contract to host wafntm.

  24. sandra

    January 25, 2009 at 5:00 am

    Abeg help me ask her o!!!even if she is boring she can bring a different side of her to the show . no one would have ever imagine that tyra banks would act up like that.don’t judge plp u don’t know .

  25. olofofo

    August 9, 2009 at 4:21 pm

    Ok so why in the Ham & Eggs are they looking for Girls in London and New York?

    Is it not supposed to be “WEST AFRICAS NEXT TOP MODEL”,
    already we de do am Ye-Ye and dem de find girl for London?
    abi all the fine fine girls from West African no sabi model

    No wonder it did not take off!!

  26. tunde

    August 28, 2009 at 3:43 pm

    Please can anybody tell me the channel to watch the next west africa top model. am a lover of showbiz and modeling in particular. Oluchi Kudos to you for bring this kind of show to africa and Nigeria in particular

  27. muyiwa

    January 12, 2010 at 11:55 am


  28. chizoba ananaba

    July 28, 2010 at 8:30 am

    i knew it was going to be a failure from the onset.
    people think because they lived or school in
    america that their is this pot of money waiting
    for them anytime they arrive nigeria.
    when oluchi was at the top of her game as a model
    she did not give a damn about naija now when her
    game no dey again she wan come naija come
    dey do stuff. Make she waka. I google the top 50
    best victoria secrets model and her name and picture no
    dey. i beg make she go south africa or other contry
    go speak her fake ibo american accent.
    she is so fake ayilara ishaga girl wen sell bread for head for naija
    Na so dem talk oooo now she dey tell one lady wen don pay her dues
    for naija to go jump into lake.L.I is a nigerian ikon
    oluchi u owe L.I an apology.

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