For those of you who didn’t know (it is relatively fresh news anyway, so we won’t be blaming anyone) CBS Studios International just gave the African format rights for the show, Next Top Model to LuLu Productions, famous African model Oluchi Onweagba’s New York-based production company. What does this mean? There is going to be an African version of the Next Top Models show! Can I hear a whoopie?!
The show will be coming to South Africa and, in case you were wondering where to watch it, it will be aired on M-Net’s AfricaMagic later this year. The show will be produced by Gaven Mattel and essentially, the idea behind it is that 12 models from across Africa compete for the title, with Nigerian supermodel Oluchi Onweagba Orlandi filling in the Tyra Banks role as presenter, producer and mentor to the models.
Roxanne Pompa, the vice president of international format sales and production at CBS Studios International said, “Africa’s Next Top Model is sure to be an entertaining celebration of the great beauty, fashion and unique stories of aspiring models from across the African continent.”
Oluchi also shared her excitement over the project, stating that “The African version of the franchise is long overdue and I expect the show to be a smashing success across the continent”. You go Oluchi, we hold our own expectations as well!