Nigerian Beauty & Supermodel Ouchi Onweagba [VIDEO]




Oluchi Onweagba is a Nigerian supermodel and  the host of Africa’s Next Top Model; her first name comes from the Igbo language and means “God’s Work.”

Onweagba grew up in the suburbs of Lagos, Nigeria where she was urged by a family friend to enter into the M-Net “Face of Africa” preliminary screening at the M-Net office in Victoria Island, Lagos. The agency groomed her to be one of Nigeria’s entrants for the 1998 competition (now called the Nokia Face of Africa). She won the competition. She was just seventeen years old. Elite Model Management awarded Onweagba a three-year modeling contract. Beyond modeling, she tries to serve as a role model for other aspiring talents in Nigeria, especially young girls. She volunteers her time and her image for suchNGOs as LEAP Africa (an entrepreneurship incubator) and NIPRO.


After her three-year contract with Elite expired, she signed with DNA Model Management. A highlight of her career was featured in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue four times, from 2005 to 2008. In 2008, she launched a modeling agency in South Africa, OModel Africa, with offices in Johannesburg and recently in Cape Town. She is currently the host and head judge of Africa’s Next Top Model.



I think I reflect a lot of African beauty. I am African. And I am beautiful.” – Oluchi



Oluchi as host of Africa’ Next Top Model:

Career Highlights

1 AUG, 1980
Born in Lagos, Nigeria
Wins the M-NET (an African television station) Face of Africa competition and a $150,000 contract with Elite Model Management
Debuts on the runway for Marc Bouwer
Selected as the new face of Nars Cosmetics by Francoise Nars
Returns to Johannesburg, South Africa, for the second season of M-NET’s Face of Africa
AUG 1998
Featured on the cover of Italian Vogue, photographed by Steven Meisel
SEP 1998
Walks the runways for Chanel, Christian Dior, Gucci, and Tommy Hilfiger in Paris, Milan, and New York
Lands a contract with Gap, appearing in print ads and billboards
Steven Meisel photographs Onweagba for a Vogue spread
Appears on the fall cover of British Surface
JAN 2001
Walks the fall Christian Dior couture show in Paris
1 AUG, 2001
Celebrates her 21st birthday at New York’s Bungalow 8 with model friends including Carmen Kass and Frederique van der Waal
FEB 2002
Walks in the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show
AUG 2003
Returns to South Africa to walk in Cape Town’s first official Fashion Week
Signs cosmetics contract with CoverGirl
MAR 2004
Walks the fall John Galliano show in Paris
Models for Bergdorf Goodman catalog
Models for Victoria’s Secret catalog
SEP 2004
Walks the fall Kenneth Cole and Tommy Hilfiger shows in New York
Appears in print ads for Lancôme
12 NOV, 2004
Plays the girlfriend of a thug in the film After the Sunset
AUG 2005
Marries designer Luca Orlandi (of Luca Luca) in St. Barts
FEB 2006
Featured in Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue
21 FEB, 2006
Stars as the lead model in GM’s 2007 Cadillac Escalade fashion show, in which she models “Chrome Couture” outfits for the show
14 OCT, 2007
Travels to Nigeria for a benefit concert, with the Black Eyed Peas
FEB 2008
Featured in Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue
Sebastian Faena photographs Onweagba for the fall cover of POP
DEC 2008
Appears in two editorials for Vogue
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