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Lukando from Zambia Clinches Face of Africa Title



Face of AFrica Winner Lukando Nalungwe (Zambia)

Face of AFrica Winner Lukando Nalungwe (Zambia)

After a night of what can only be described as high fashion with most of Nigeria’s and Africa’s fashion elite in attendance, the coveted Face of Africa crown went to Lukando Nalungwe from Zambia.


It truly was a night of high gilts and glamour at the Eko Hotel Exhibition Centre in Lagos, with show stopping outfits from 10 of Nigeria’s most illustrious designers. The list included many BN favs such as Zizi Cardow, Frank Osodi, Odio Mimonet, Fati Asibelua, Folake Folarin-Coker, Ituen Basi, Adebayo Jones, Lanre Da Silva-Ajayi, Lisa Folawiyo and Yemi Osunkoya (whose dress was won by Face of Africa winner Lukando). The night also showcased two of the brightest fashion talents from East and Southern Africa – Kenya’s  John Kaveke and South African star David Tlale and included 2010 cruise collections from runway designers Emmanuel Ungaro, Versace and Christian Lacroix. Apart from the breathe taking pieces, the night also featured entertaining performances from south African songstress Lira and Nigerian Fave Dbanj (accompanied by Dr Sid and Wande Coal).

But you’d be wrong to think Lukando walked away easily with the crown. She fought off stiff compettion from the other 4 runner ups; Tholakele (South Africa), Rosanna (Zimbabwe), Ernania (Mozambique) and Marvis (Nigeria). However at a night filled with many highs and lows for all 10 contestants, there could only be one winner. Apart from the Face of Africa title, Lukando also receives $50,000 dollars from MNET, a modelling contract with O Modeling Agency (CEO Oluchi Onweagba) and a chance to take part in New York Fashion Week in a few days. As if that wasn’t enough to make any girl happy, Zenith Bank are also giving Lukando a $5,000 shopping spree, while in New York! Some girls just have all the fun! We wish Lukundo and all the remaining 9 contestants all the best in the future.


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  1. Chez Wilcox

    February 7, 2010 at 8:06 am

    Congratulations Lukando and kudos to the panel of judges. This lady has proven that the African woman can still be beautiful without those odd coloured and funny artificial or real hair attachments that have sadly become an indispensable part of the African woman’s fashion. Black is beautiful and natural black hair is best. Congrats Girl!

  2. Chishimba

    February 7, 2010 at 9:21 am

    Congratulations! Zambia finally has done it.
    Go gal Lukando the sky is the limit

  3. ikenna

    February 7, 2010 at 2:37 pm

    i must say you did good,but i still think rosanna (zimbabwe) deserved to win the crown.Or maybe being light in complection disqualifies one.

  4. boogsy

    February 7, 2010 at 3:55 pm

    $5000 shopping spree…chei!!!that may not too much on 5th avenue but if she goes into decent stores…nna men……… plentiful baffs be that o…i need someone to dash me only $500 sef!!!Lol

  5. Ibo Omoge

    February 7, 2010 at 4:52 pm

    Congrats Lukando…..Meanwhile Tholakele is from Zimbabwe and not South Africa.

  6. LAO

    February 7, 2010 at 10:17 pm

    PIcs from the show pllllllllsssssssssss.

  7. sweetie

    February 8, 2010 at 1:03 am

    i know say the naija girls no go win :(….abeg i don vex, anyway congrats lukando

  8. tbn

    February 8, 2010 at 1:12 am

    Congratulations to the winner, I wish her the best and same to other contestants who did not win.
    At the risk of sounding like an english teacher, I could not help but notice, and feel the urge to correct your english here… “Zenith bank are also giving Lukando a $5000 shopping spree”? that does not sound like good english… it should be ‘Zenith Bank IS giving …” IS being the operative word here not ‘are’, there is just one Zenith Bank so your sentence should be in the singular not plural. secondly “breath taking” not “breathe taking”. Guys make an effort to proof read your articles before publishing, it does a lot to the quality of any article and says a lot about the person writing too.

  9. kelly

    February 8, 2010 at 2:37 am

    she is so nice looking,
    well done girl

  10. fokasibe

    February 8, 2010 at 7:36 am

    Aww…too nice…..Congrats Lukando…You were one of the girls I tipped to win!

  11. duchess419

    February 8, 2010 at 9:37 am

    lol @ Ikenna, yes o, people dey vex to pale skinned ladies again. Nway i also thought Rosanna would win, she was my favourite, but alas, no be so. all the same well done and may she reign well and be an example. Good luck and use this crown for the good of your country.

  12. Valerie

    February 8, 2010 at 1:31 pm

    But that girl is REALLY SKINNY! Her shoulder blades are painfully shooting out – I could trace it out if I place a sheet of paper in her. Na wa o! We Africans don join oyibo dey call skin and bones beautiful?!!Weird definition, i tell you! I guess ‘skinny’ sells and them curvy babes embark on even weirder diets to conform.

  13. ibinike

    February 8, 2010 at 5:52 pm

    So glad the contestant i tipped to win won. I felt like a winner myself! Was afraid for her after she was made to wear that hideous sequinned pink piece, but then, the best beauty shines forth even in the worst dress. Congrats girl!

  14. anon

    February 8, 2010 at 10:05 pm

    BN got swagger-jacked! LOL:

    Painful. They didn’t even edit the “BN faves” bit!

  15. kaziya

    February 9, 2010 at 7:26 am

    congrats to lukundo and not lukando in our mother tongue it denotes mercy or merciful. i think the girl deserved to win. she cute,i hope she hasnt already been given in marriaged to someone according to her tradition. this ruined the career of another promising face of Africa from zambia a few years back.

  16. Bola #1

    February 14, 2010 at 8:17 am

    lol, no comment

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