OGHENEFEGA EFENI IS GRADUALLY TRANSFORMING INTO A TOP MODEL
She’s one of the few models out there that doesn’t solely depends on her pretty face or a sexy body as the only yardstick that guarantees her a successful career in the modeling industry. Oghenefega Efeni, this 18years old 300Level student studying Physiology at the University of Benin, encapsulates the totality of modeling manual. Despite arguably ticking all boxes of potential model, she continue to emphasis on the importance of hard work, being patient and most importantly, the need to be humble, learn from those ahead and dream big. With all these attributes, it’s certain that Oghenefega will transform into one of the top models in Nigeria.
“I always had interest in taking pictures because I was quite camera friendly and photogenic, anything that has to do with the lights on me just made me feel good lol. I loved being the center of attraction! About two years ago, I just enjoyed the euphoria of how my thoughts and dreams and imaginations made me feel, I was scared I wouldn’t get the acceptance of people, especially with the mentality that a female model is meant to be at least 5’9. I dared. I kicked off when I got signed to my present agency, Imaginery style models.
Modeling for me was inherent; I enjoyed just moving my body and seeing the flashlights. But, to be honest the journey hasn’t been all so good, I’ve had bad and stagnant times, times where I feel no progress has been made for a while. The major problem I face is not schooling in Lagos, it limits the opportunities I have because most of the jobs are here, my agency is here as well, so trying to balance school and work in two distant locations is a really tough one. One thing I know for sure is this industry is very tricky because you get to interact with lots of different characters, so you have to be ready to be patient, tolerant and
So far, I’ve been opportune to work with top photographers in Lagos, Benin, and Nigeria at large. Some of them include, AmazingKlef, Chuksdaniel, electron photography, the Kashope, ncourage, amongst others. Numerous makeup artists, stylists, etc It’s always amazing how I bond with whoever I work with almost immediately, hence, I get to know their actual personalities and unique styles. Talking about what I want for myself and what I want to achieve in this industry, I’m nowhere close, not even a bit. But by God’s grace, I hope to work with top designers and photographers in Nigeria, to become an international model, and to inspire young girls with this interest. The dream is to be global. I’ve worked really hard on this, and I want to continue building.
So to everyone reading this, keep the big picture in mind, look at your valid excuses and drop them like hot potatoes, don’t stop making yourself better, be humble enough to learn from who has done twice what you’re
trying to do once. Get out there; tell people what you do even when you don’t have anything to show for it. Keep speaking your realities, personal branding is key, carry yourself the way you see yourself in your head. What you expose yourself to, with time you’d look like. Don’t stop dreaming! Maintain a very high positive mentality. And you see all those amazing ideas of yours? Always pen them down. Be intentional and lastly execute brutally!
JUST DARE!” – Oghenefega Efeni
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