Beside the exploits of Patti Boulaye, Oluchi Onweagba remains the first major
evidence that Nigerians had that there could be something rewarding about peagants
and modelling. She became the first MNET Face of Africa queen, the true picture
of what the organisers believe represents Africa's long-necked long-legged long
body frame and ebony black look.
Immediately, she was catapulted from the streets of Ayilara in the rugged
Lagos neighbourhood of Ojuelegba as a bread hawker to the glamorous runway of
New York as an international model. She was only just 17. Success came all of
a sudden for this Six-foot-one model that never had dreams of being a successful
model. Now she struts on the runway not only as a Nigerian but the pioneer winner
of the M-NET face of Africa.