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Oluchi Onweagba
Date of birth August 1, 1982 (1982-08-01) (age 27)[1][2]
Place of birth Lagos, Nigeria[2]
Height 6'1 (US), 185cm (EU)[2]
Hair color Black[2]
Eye color Brown[2]
Measurements 34-24-35 (US); 86.5-61-89 (EU)[2]
Weight 128 lb (58 kg; 9.1 st)
Dress size 4 (US), 34 (EU)[2]
Shoe size 9 (US), 41 (EU)[2]
Agency DNA Model Management Storm Models Viva Models OmodelAfrica

Oluchi Onweagba (born August 1, 1982)[1] is a Nigerian model.[2]



Early life

Onweagba grew up in the suburbs of Lagos, Nigeria with her two brothers and sisters. She is the daughter of a civil servant father and mother who was a nurse.[2] When Onweagba was 16 years old, she won the "Face Of Africa" contest.[2] In August 2005, she married her longtime companion, Italian fashion designer Luca Orlandi.[3] Onweagba's first name comes from the Igbo language and means "God's Work".[2][4]


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). This despite the fact that, growing up, she had maintained a relative ignorance towards fashion and modeling. With the support of her family and friends, she decided to compete in the inaugural edition of the Face of Africa in 1998. This was the first-ever continent-wide model competition, organized by the South African channel M-Net in collaboration with Elite Model Management. She won the competition.[5] She was just seventeen years old. Elite Model Management awarded Onweagba a three-year modeling contract.


After moving to New York City, where she still lives, Onweagba graced the covers of Italian Vogue, i-D, ELLE, Untold, and Surface; she also was featured in Nylon, Marie Claire, Allure, and other national editions of Vogue around the world. She became the face of campaigns for Gianfranco Ferré, Gap, Express, Banana Republic, and Ann Taylor, as well as working for Victoria's Secret. Onweagba's runway experience has been with John Galliano, Christian Dior, Costume National, Chanel, and Giorgio Armani, amongst others, in London, Milan, Tokyo and Paris. She has worked with such notable photographers as Steven Meisel, Nick Knight, and Patrick Demarchelier.

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 such NGOs as LEAP Africa (an entrepreneurship incubator) and NIPRO. She also is continuing her higher education, having studied for an associate's degree in the New York City educational system.

After her three-year contract with Elite expired, she signed with DNA Model Management. A highlight of her career so far was when she 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 Johanesburg and recently in Cape Town. The 2008 winner of M-Net Face of Africa, Kate Tachie-Menson, was awarded a US $50,000 modeling contract by OModel Africa.

In 2009, Onweagba is expected to host the inaugural Africa's Next Top Model.


  1. ^ a b "Date of Birth". Internet Movie Data Base. Retrieved 2009-10-08.  
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l
  3. ^ "¡Boda ultra secreta! Orlandi + Oluchi en San Bartolomeo" Fashion Week Daily. 2005-08-19.
  4. ^ "2007 Sports illustrated Swimsuit Bio -Oluchi Onweagba". CNN/Sports Illustrated. Retrieved 2009-01-30.  
  5. ^ "Model Bio: Oluchi". New York Magazine.

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