It is interesting to note that she is the first Gambian to take part in such a mega event. ‘Face of Africa Germany’, is an annual event initiated in 2011, by Ghanaian Ernest O. Look, a professional runway trainer and works with international models and agencies, ascribes the name to the event and he is the initiator of this project.
The aims of the event among other things is to promote African culture, fashion, beauty and life style in Germany. In his quest to make this happen, Ernest met with his team for the first time at the Best Western Premier Hotel in Berlin and with the collective effort of his team; he scouted young ladies who best represent Africa in difference categories as outlined in the show. This African beauty will be a role model for many young Africans in Germany and the world at large.
During the casting, which was held on 21st September 2013 at Beat Western Premier Hotel in Berlin, the contestants were presented before an international jury and the ones chosen from the casting participated in the photo-shooting session, the theme of which is fashion, beauty, fitness, lingerie and life style. Meanwhile, among the twelve African countries participating includes; Kenya, Nigeria, Ghana, Uganda, Gambia, Zimbabwe and others.
Being the only black girl in her school, Cecilia told Daily Observer’s Beauty in Business, that she is optimistic that she will be crowned the winner of this competition at the end of the day. ‘Gambians back home can watch it live on "FOA Germany" on Youtube. It will be also shown on DWtv on Sunday’. I have faith and all I need is your love, support and encouragement with that it may it be my night”, she added, pointing out that twenty contestants are taking part and the 20 judges will announce at the show during which 10 girls made it to the finals. “Only one of those 10 girls will be the winner and will take this crown.
Many in the west have the belief that black girls like me from Africa cannot do nothing but this event will accord me the opportunity to proof the critics wrong and come back to Africa to show the rest of the world that young Africans can also do things better. The casting was done in September 2013, two hundred girls applied to take part in the competition and the organizer selected twenty -four contestants in the first round, two others were dropped leaving twenty-two contestants”.
Sukaina was born in the Gambia and moved to Germany when she was 11 year with her mother. She is hopeful to represent The Gambian culture and make the country proud, and for this, she needs the support of all Gambians both at home and in the Diaspora.
“My platform is on education taking into account without education, we cannot move forward. Modeling has been my dream so this event coming up will be dream come true, this will enable me to contribute towards education in the Gambia especially for children who do not have the opportunity to be schooled”.