By Ifeoma Ononye.
Davidson Obennebo and 15-year-old Omoh Momoh are the youngest millionaires in Nigeria presently.
The male and female young models became millionaires after they won the just concluded Aquafina Elite Model Look Nigeria contest last weekend at the grand ballroom of Oriental Hotel, Victoria Island, Lagos.
For the 20 finalists consisting of 10 males and 10 females, their eyes were set on winning the Aquafina Elite Model Look diadem and were eager to go on the runway. After the “Meet the contestants”, which was the first appearance, the contestants had opportunity to showcase all they have been taught in the Booth Camp by modeling Kamsi Tcharles’ casual wear made up of a combination of Ankara and batik in the first passage.
In that category, the judges were searching for the model that would best sell the casual wears with their charisma and catwalk.
They later appeared in other designs: swim suits, evening wears, corporate wears, designer glasses and more. The contestants were pruned down to five each after the fourth passage: Ayeni, Ceejay, Chidera, Collins, and Davidson (male); Amarachi, Oma, Ruth, Omoh and Titi (female).
From the first passage, Davidson showed lots of gait and comportment and was clearly heads and shoulders above the rest. The ladies contest was not different as all the 10 contestants tried to outdo one another.
At the end, the Head of Marketing Seven-Up Bottling Company Plc, Mr. Norden Thurston announced Davidson and Omoh winners in the male and female categories respectively based on the scoring of the judges made up of Richard Mofe Damijo, Bola Balogun, Funke Babs-Kuforiji and Norden Thurston.
They received one million naira (N1m) each from Aquafina premium drinking water, makers of Pepsi. They will represent Nigeria at the Elite Model Look international contest taking place in Portugal later in the year where they stand a chance of winning $150,000.
Davidson Obennebo who hails from Enugu Ukwu in Anambra State is a 400-level Economics student of Bells University, Ota, Ogun State.
He said that he was excited at winning the Aquafina Elite model contest. His mother Mrs. Ifeoma Obennebo who was part of the cheering audience with her husband said she was very happy that their only child has brought such a huge honour to the family.
Fresh from Secondary School, Omoh Momoh who hails from Edo State, was one of the youngest on the Aquafina Elite Model Look runway said she hopes to make a great career out of modeling as that has always been her passion.
The 2016 edition is the fifth time Aquafina premium drinking water will be sponsoring the Elite Model contest. Nigeria music diva, Omawunmi led other artistes to perform at the event.