BY CHUKS NWANNE
In an effort to empower young girls living in Navy Town, Lagos where she spent most of her formative life as a young ‘tom boy’, before hitting the limelight, Bayelsa-born super model, Warebi Martha has concluded plans to stage a beauty pageant tagged Face of Navy Town.
Though planned as a Navy Town project, other ladies living in other parts of Lagos, who are interested, can also take part in the competition, as no special treatment will be given to residents. The pageant is open to all secondary school certificate holders, as well as undergraduates of tertiary institutions, who must be within the age bracket of 17 to 26 years.
Warebi, who runs Catwalk Productions in South Africa, alongside her partner, Bisi Sowemimo informed that the outfit would be actively involved in the project, through which she intends to give back to the society.
“We will be working alongside the winner of the contest in our efforts to take young ladies off the street and putting them through programmes that will empower and teach them the values inherent in education. Projects lines up for the winner will not be just a tea party or a walk in the park,” the super model said.
As a way of giving back to her community, Warebi also plans to reward best 10 graduating female students in WAEC this year from schools within Navy Town and its environments.
“Talks are on to ensure that we get the best possible collaboration from the Naval authorities in this project. This project is very important to me because I was once a young lady in that area; you never can tell how many talents we will discover through this initiative.”
According to the project director, Kelvin Kelly, April has been fixed for the event, while necessary groundwork is being put in place to ensure that the pageant, which will be taking place in a military formation for the first time, sees the light of the day.
“This is Warebi’s contribution to the empowerment of young ladies in her area and we are doing everything possible to ensure a hitch free event. However, necessary preparations have been put in place and we will be briefing the media soon on the exact date for the pageant.”
Meanwhile, Kelly is presently holding brief for Warebi, who is presently working in Milan, from where she will be heading for New York for yet another fashion show. The pretty model is expected to be back in the country soon when all aspect of the project would be made public.