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BN Exclusive: All the Scoop from the “Africa’s Next Top Model” Media Event in Lagos! | Find Out What Supermodel Oluchi Orlandi said about the TV Show



Oluchi Orlandi ANTM Press Conference - BellaNaija - July2013After all the buzz surrounding the premier of the Africa’s Next Top Model reality TV show, I was especially happy to finally be at the press conference. After all, after the press conference comes the main event. With months of planning and preparation finally coming to a close, the gorgeous ANTM producer and host Oluchi Orlandi sat down with members of the press to talk about the biggest thing in Africa right now.

Dressed in a laid back Deola Sagoe jumpsuit with turban to match, the 6ft model arrived at the Federal Palace hotel conference room and took her seat right beside the ANTM scouting manager – Maria Arrington. From questions about the judges to expect to why she decided to shoot production in South Africa and not Nigeria, the model kept her composure while dropping little jokes to keep the conference upbeat. She explained that they cannot give too much away, but will say that we might get to see a lot of African faces like Iman, Duro Olowu and of course Tyra Banks.

On the question from the Style Mania Magazine team on her choice of production location, she simply stated that professionally she believes South Africa has more to offer in terms of modelling. They have been in the industry longer and have more grounds for fashion and modelling, so it only made sense. However, this does not mean that season 2 may not be produced in Nigeria or any other African country.Oluchi1

Explaining more on the kind of show to expect, Maria was quick to explain in her American accent, that the show will be just like its American counterpart, but with an African flair. The competition is open to all sizes of models but they must meet the height requirement of 5ft 7 to qualify and of course have the beauty and brains for it.

Of course yours truly (I’m talking about me) had to inquire about the fabulous photo shoots we had seen in other cycles of America’s Next Top Model, and if we are to expect the same here. It turns out that not only would we get to see fabulous shoots by African photographers such as Kelechi Amadi Obi, but the models may get to travel to Egypt and New York.

On a close to final note, Oluchi stated that the main reason for the show is to boost the African image. ANTM has been to other countries like Britain & Ireland, Romania, Australia etc and she believes that African countries should not be left out.

Nigerian auditions held on Tuesday 23rd July 2013 and according to Oluchi “I dont know what to expect from Nigeria, but I am hoping at least a thousand model hopefuls show up”. To end the event everyone had lunch and then called it a successful press conference.

The best of luck to the model hopefuls auditioning and keep refreshing for more information on ANTM.

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  1. Mz Socially Awkward...

    July 24, 2013 at 5:32 pm

    That turban gets a “no” but I love the Jumpsuit. Oluchi, please don’t take styling tips from Tyra…

    And are those tatoos all over the arms of the ANTM scouting manager? Wow, I hate to say it but she looks like she just got out of prison. It is not a good look.

    • liveandletlive

      July 28, 2013 at 5:17 pm

      `the scout maybe native american indian and the tattoos are part of her culture . `i am not sure where she is from but we need to be open minded about tattoos especially on people from other cultures. 🙂

    • Subec

      December 5, 2013 at 9:05 pm

      She is half caste, African American and Filipino. The tattoo’s are self expression.

  2. Choi

    July 24, 2013 at 5:59 pm

    Oooooo God! This turban #myeyes

  3. Fashioner

    July 24, 2013 at 6:15 pm

    I just hope this whole idea doesnt flop!

    • mama

      July 25, 2013 at 10:15 am

      why will it flop you witch……..pls dont fly there on your broom….

    • Ronnie

      July 26, 2013 at 11:59 am


  4. Al

    July 24, 2013 at 6:18 pm

    Love the jumpsuit. HATE the turban-ish whatever it is on her head! Ugh!

  5. i no send

    July 24, 2013 at 6:31 pm

    What is on your head oluchi?? its a NO for me..i still got love for you though

  6. dee...girl

    July 24, 2013 at 6:44 pm


  7. stan

    July 24, 2013 at 7:03 pm

    she looks nice

  8. Udegbunam Chuwkudi

    July 24, 2013 at 7:10 pm

    See as this babe fall my hand with this mgbekeish look :(. That turban killed the look. Anyway sha Naomi Campbell has her bad days too so no shaking 😀

    Looking forward to the show and the catfights. lol

  9. Melanie

    July 24, 2013 at 7:21 pm

    I’m a little disappointed that it will have “an American flavor,” I think it would be way more interesting to go very cultural…and I don’t mean just a turban. 😉

  10. Biola

    July 24, 2013 at 8:25 pm

    Was “in her American accent” even necessary?

    • Bimpe

      July 24, 2013 at 8:55 pm

      that’s what i said…..should we fall down cos of yankee accent?

    • marian o

      July 24, 2013 at 10:04 pm

      Agree with you. Was about to say same. Everyone would be all up in arms here if an American passed a similar comment such as “in her Nigerian accent”. Please be more professional, Jennifer.

    • jinkelele

      July 24, 2013 at 10:36 pm

      maybe it was tongue in cheek lol

    • Idak

      July 24, 2013 at 11:45 pm

      Sometimes i just wonder what the BN team are playing at?

    • Ojie

      July 25, 2013 at 8:54 am

      I concur. Completely unnecessary

    • Iris

      July 25, 2013 at 10:04 am

      LMAO. Maybe she was trying to make sure the article got as many comments as possible…you know, trying to be “controversial” and shiii

    • Ronnie

      July 26, 2013 at 11:54 am

      My sentiments exactly! I had to scroll up to check who wrote this particular article in particular. How ludicrous!! Smh for BN sometimes. Sigh!

    • Ronnie

      July 26, 2013 at 11:57 am

      My sentiments exactly! I had to scroll up to check who wrote this article in particular. How ludicrous!! Smh for BN sometimes. Sigh!

    • Jia

      July 27, 2013 at 2:16 am

      An exposed writer wouldn’t mention that nonsense. Nigerians have major low self esteem when it comes to accent, hair, skin, social status, & material possessions. Why would someone who has never schooled outside of a Lagos government school have a British Accent? I have never met anyone who sounds sane and fluid with a fake foreign accent. Notice the difference between Toolz & Toke. You can tell whose is real and fake.

  11. styleatl

    July 24, 2013 at 9:10 pm

    Oh this Oluchi just always looks so trashy in everything she wears. That unpolished look is her Zebra stripes,can’t loose it. What da heck’s with that crap on her head!

  12. Lynxx & Emma Nyra are Nigeria wackest artist alive!

    July 24, 2013 at 9:23 pm

    Can’t wait..what channel and time pls? Her face look like a baby

  13. Thatgidigirl

    July 24, 2013 at 9:24 pm

    @ Biola I wonder oooo! Why did she fail to point out oluchi’s nigerian accent? Mcheeew! Hissing in yoruba accent

    • i no send

      July 25, 2013 at 1:03 pm


  14. T

    July 24, 2013 at 10:20 pm

    I really hope they aren’t going to Egypt , i don’t think its safe

  15. Okechukwu Ofili

    July 24, 2013 at 11:05 pm

    “ANTM has been to other countries like Britain & Ireland, Romania, Australia etc and she believes that Africa should not be left out. ”

    emmm you meant African Countries should not be left out #RickRoss moment

  16. nene

    July 24, 2013 at 11:43 pm

    oluchi ur outfit is ebeano.

  17. Idak

    July 24, 2013 at 11:46 pm

    On a close to final note, Oluchi stated that the main reason for the show is to boost the African image.

    What does this mean?

  18. Shanday

    July 24, 2013 at 11:59 pm

    don’t like the look. turban looks silly and the jumpsuit looks like loungewear, what u would wear at home not what you would wear out. Oluchi could have done better. All the same, I really like her

  19. TooThrough

    July 25, 2013 at 7:24 am

    “Maria was quick to explain in her American accent”. I’m disappointed that you had to mention the accent. When are we going to move on from this mess?? Not even necessary at al!!!

  20. starchic

    July 25, 2013 at 7:39 am

    @ Biola my thots exactly!

  21. Lyrics

    July 25, 2013 at 8:31 am

    But errrmmm…….. was she supposed to explain in her “Nigerian accent?”

  22. shola

    July 25, 2013 at 9:26 am

    She look soooooo stylish. I love the look.

  23. gbemi

    July 25, 2013 at 9:27 am

    Ha!ha! All you writing about her turban. STOP hating. You know she look smoking hot and fresh and different. It is a fashion statement. Olodos

    • i no send

      July 25, 2013 at 1:04 pm

      for u i guess

  24. joke

    July 25, 2013 at 9:30 am

    Welldone Oluchi and congratulations…Keep it up!

  25. pynk

    July 25, 2013 at 11:03 am

    she lost points when she agreed to put her head in that green thing. As for the american accent, bella, please be a little bit more polished in your writing.

  26. prim

    July 25, 2013 at 11:48 am

    Only housegirls will wearvthis to a show and its becos their msdam woulda denied them clothes. Your outfit looks like hospital scrubs! !!!!!!!!

  27. queenA

    July 25, 2013 at 7:25 pm

    Wow! She keep renovating herself and career. The sky is not even your limit. Shine shine baby

  28. Awuli

    July 25, 2013 at 7:38 pm

    Bella Naija when did you start allowing negative comments???? This is the same look on her Instagram @oluchi1 almost 400 people liked and posivitely commented on. This is just a bitter “hater” hatings.

  29. scia

    July 25, 2013 at 9:35 pm

    Prim ur comment had me in stitches hoihoikrikri

  30. Ada

    July 25, 2013 at 10:05 pm

    Hmm, hope it works out. Good initiative though

    Follow my blog for weight loss tips

  31. teetop

    July 25, 2013 at 11:48 pm

    the outfit is a big NO NO but I loved the natural look

  32. oose

    July 26, 2013 at 12:29 pm

    love the glorified pyjamas and hair net … #letsallgotobedstylishly

    • Mariaah

      July 26, 2013 at 3:03 pm

      I mean.. To view fabulous African Styling and collections from

  33. AllWeNeedIsLove

    July 26, 2013 at 3:38 pm

    oluchi doing big things, love her! she’s soo inspiring. and as for ‘jennifer the article writer’ let he who has never committed a professional blunder be the first to cast a stone. You’re doing great girlie

  34. Fashioner

    July 26, 2013 at 7:39 pm

    @ Anwuli the same people loving the picture on twitter are the same ones stating their true feelings on blogs anonymously… get the truth when comments are anonymous! Forget the fake comments you get on twitter and instagram…


    July 27, 2013 at 8:30 pm

    welldone Oluchi.

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