26 Year Old Austin Igwilo Wins the 2012 Model of Africa Competition in Lagos – Snapshots from the Event

Austin Igwilo (Model of Africa 2012 Winner)

On Sunday 21st October 2012, 26 year old Education/Accounting graduate of Imo State University, Austin Igwilo emerged winner of the 2012 edition of Model of Africa competition which took place at the Eko Hotel & Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos.

At the event tagged ‘The Dream Edition”, Tanzanian menswear designer, Sheira Ngowi, who was also a judge alongside designers, Ohimai Atafo and Frank Oshodi, presented his label’s new collection “The Return of the Gentleman”. Other design labels who unveiled their latest collections include Maxivive (Model of Africa Most Creative Designer 2012), Femy Toys, 1989 By Eragbae, Revamped UK, B-eazy, MoS and Kamsi Tcharles.

According to the organizers of the Model of Africa 2012 competition, Austin Igwilo is currently preparing to go to Thailand for one of the most prestigious male pageants in the world, Mister International, where he will be competing with participants from 45 other countries.

Austin Igwilo and the runner-ups including Thompson Korakpe (1st Runner Up) and Izuchukwu Anoliefo (2nd Runner Up) as well as Okechukwu Ojukwu (Mr Runway Africa 2012), Raymond Okonji (Mr Style Africa 2012), Hillary Uduh (Mr Fitness Africa), Valentine Okuzulu (Mr Photogenic), 19 year old Mr Popularity Africa winner Olumide Oworu and Mthokozisi Sikhosana (Mr Amity Africa 2012), were all presented with personalized wrist watches, award plaques and prizes from participating designers and sponsors by Uju Abdulkadir of Grant of London.

Missed the event? Not too worry, here are some photos from the event.


Judges, Sheira Ngowi, Mai Atafo & Frank Oshodi

Austin Igwilo

Izuchukwu Anoliefo

Mthokozisi Sikhosana

Olumide Oworu

Thompson Korakpe

Valentine Okuzulu

2012 Model of Africa Models Backstage

BellaNaija.com is an official media sponsor of the Model of Africa 2012 Competition

11 Comments on 26 Year Old Austin Igwilo Wins the 2012 Model of Africa Competition in Lagos – Snapshots from the Event
  • giggy November 14, 2012 at 4:55 pm


  • Laila Ikeji November 14, 2012 at 4:58 pm

    congrats to him.

  • bomboms November 14, 2012 at 6:35 pm

    Waow! This is what we are talking about! The girls keep getting it all, a male model search is just a stunning idea! Congrat man, I was at the even and twas classy! Nice one to the organizers! Its obvious the next one would be outta this world! Pls where can I pick my form for the next edition! *sob*sob*:hope u use ur reign well.

  • a hater! November 14, 2012 at 11:22 pm

    Izuchukwu u no dey tayaa??? Abeg give room 4odas 2compete haba!

  • MTHOKO November 14, 2012 at 11:22 pm

    I would like to thank the MOA fur such an amazing opportunity, as an South African male model it was great previlege to present my beautiful country in such big event and I learnt so much. I got a chance to make more friends n make more businese contact also dat will help me for the future n when I’m talking abt the future that is next year. Something big coming. Thank you so much to the designers,make-up artists for making us look good n dress smart feel great,thank to the fellow models for there love n advice there gave me while I was there. To the sponsors thank you Guy we really appreciate it. Nigerian midia I thank you. I’m Mr Amity Africa 2012 God bless you all.Ngiyabonga(I thank you)

    • Naijamum in L. November 15, 2012 at 10:38 am

      Really lovely message
      God bless you

    • SIBONGILE MBATHA November 23, 2012 at 8:30 am

      Mthoko, as one of the proud people I really want to say conradulations son for representing our country and make a mark thereafter, we are so proud of you, Love Aunty Sbo

  • sugaplum November 15, 2012 at 11:41 am

    Nice pictures. A little correction pls, Frank’s right surname is Osodin, he’s an ibo man from ogwashi-ukwu in delta state, and not yoruba as many pple think. I know ‘cos dtz my hometown too* smiliing* thanks.

  • Abode Oluwabunmi Viv November 16, 2012 at 10:59 am

    olumide oworu is handsome

  • Trendysturvs November 16, 2012 at 3:21 pm
  • Steven chuks December 6, 2013 at 10:36 pm

    Olumide oworu still holds the trophy! Great soul… Love him like a brother

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