Nigerian model, Oluchi Onweagba-Orlandi who was born on 1 August 1980 celebrates her 40th birthday today.
Onweagba grew up in the suburbias of Lagos, Nigeria, with her two brothers and sisters. She is the daughter of a civil servant father and mother who was a nurse.
At seventeen, Onweagba was encouraged by a family friend to join into the M-Net “Face of Africa” introductory screening at the M-Net office in Victoria Island, Lagos. The agency refined her to be one of Nigeria’s entrants for the 1998 competition (now called the Nokia Face of Africa).
This even though, growing up, she had kept a relative ignorance towards fashion and modelling. With the help of her family and friends, she chose to compete in the inaugural edition of the Face of Africa in 1998. This was the first-ever continent-wide model competition, designed by the South African channel M-Net in collaboration with Elite Model Management. She won the competition
Onweagba’s first name comes from the Igbo language and means “God’s Work”. In 2006, Onweagba married Italian fashion designer Luca Orlandi. They have two sons.