Kendra Oluchi Etufunwa
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|Born||28 June 1987|
Events,fashion and beauty consultant.
|Height||5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)|
|Agency||Boss models (Johannesburg)
Moonyeenn Lee Associates
Kendra Oluchi Etufunwa (born 28 June 1987) is a Nigerian model and actress, best known for her lead role on the M-Net hit TV series Jacob's Cross. She has been featured in top publications such as South African Elle magazine, Glamour (SA) and modelled in advertisements for brands such as Castle Milk Stout, Pepsodent and Knorr. In March 2012, the technology company Intel in Kenya and Nigeria, appointed Etufunwa as brand ambassador for their lifestyles division.
Kendra grew up in the suburbs of Lagos, Lagos State in Nigeria, with her mother and sister. Kendra a daughter of a business woman and a retired banker. She studied physical and health education at Delta State University (Abraka Campus). Etufunwa went on to further her education by signing up for a two-year course in human resources at the London school of business located in Johannesburg, South Africa.
During the 2006 Lagos auditions for the Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria (MBGN) pageant, she was discovered by an agent and from there started her career in modelling.
Becoming one of Nigeria's most sought-after models, she landed modelling jobs for Diamond Bank, and was also selected to be one of 26 models who appeared on M-Net's Deal or No Deal TV game show. Her first appearance in print was sharing the cover of West African magazine True Love with English television presenter and former footballer John Fashanu.
In October 2011 the producers of hip-hop awards invited Kendra to present an award at the "Hip-Hop" world awards. Held in Nigeria. On 17 May 2012 Etufunwa was announced as the ambassador for the International African Hair Expo.
In 2007 Kendra relocated to Johannesburg, South Africa, where she was scouted and signed by Star Model Management now Boss models. She was a lead in the TV commercials; Clorets Gum, Cell C - mobile network and Knorr Cubes, Castle lite beer, Eclairs candy. She has worked on shoots for Cosmopolitan, Elle and appeared in an ad for Lacoste perfume that featured in Glamour (SA) magazine. Etufunwa has walked the runway on various fashion weeks held in South Africa and around the world, most notable in a show for UK renowned designer - Karen Millen.
She also walked the Ramp for Lily Ghalichi's clothing line 'Want My Look' at the Newyork fashion week in september 2015.
While on holiday the producers of MNET's Jacob's Cross TV series summoned Kendra to come in for an audition to play the part and supporting role of an angelic daughter by day, and an evil temptress by night. Kendra's performance impressed the producers, and shortly after she was signed on for another season to become the lead actress.
Television and movie
Kendra caught the eye of international directors of a Discovery production; Inside Story, following the story of a young girl who falls in love and has to deal with life issues and the contraction of HIV. Inside Story was released to a South African audience in December 2011 and an international audience in Washington D.C in the United States in January 2012.
Kendra is currenly based in Newyork where she is an Avid Restaurant-goer/ Elite Yelper. She also manages, promotes and consults with restaurants and events. She is also a brand ambassador for different makeup and clothing brands as seen on her social media.
- Kendra joins top film actors
- "Jacob’s Cross star, Kendra Etufunwa chosen as Intel Ambassador for Nigeria and Kenya", Ameyaw Debrah, 23 March 2012.
- Beautiful Kendra,(Adanna Jacob's Cross) on Carpet
- Boniswa, "Africa International Hair Extravaganza Launch", Jucy. Retrieved 18 May 2012.
- "FabroSanz Winter Collection fashion show", Yomzansi, 20 April 2012.
- "Kendra Etufunwa joins Siba in the kitchen", Mzansi Magic, 29 December 2011.
- All Access Interview with Kendra Etunfunwa
- "'Inside Story' Makes World Premiere on World AIDS Day, Combines Entertainment & Education in Fight Against HIV/AIDS", Discovery Communications, 1 December 2011.