It’s new, it’s different, it’s innovative, it’s edgy, it’s the “Mr. Dominica” Show scheduled for Friday, February 10th, 2012 at the Arawak House of Culture from 8:00 p.m. Seven remarkable young men between the ages of 18 and 30 will vie for the title of “Mr. Dominica.” Contestants listed in the order of appearance are Shanna Robin, Bram Sanderson, Ghandi Robin, Augustus Bruno, Kester Edwards, Nigel Peters and Lennard Panthier.
Thanks to LIME, one of the Premier sponsors of the Show, the public will get a chance to have their say in the first-ever “Mr. Dominica” competition as voting gets underway for the title of Mr. Photogenic. Persons simply have to text the FIRST NAME of the contestant to 2269 for a chance to win $50 TopUp. Voting ends at midday on February 10. The contestant with the most votes will be announced Mr. Photogenic on the night of the Show.
Thirty-year old Shanna Robin is from the village of Marigot and resides at Copthall. He is a teacher at the Isaiah Thomas Secondary School, the franchise holder for the Purple Dragon Academy and holds a 3rd degree black belt. Shana obtained an Associate Degree in Architectural Design from the Dominica State College and loves reading motivational books and motivational speaking.
Bram Sanderson is the youngest contestant. At 19 years old, he says “there’s never a dull moment with Bram.” He considers himself to be energetic and outgoing, always seizing opportunities to do new things, meet new people and see new places. Bram is passionate about sports and is a member of the Young Veterans Volleyball Team and the Aspirers Athletic Club. He has represented Dominica at the National Under-23 Level in basketball and athletics.
Ghandi Robin is representing the community of Canefield. He started learning Shotokan Karate at the age of seven under the tutelage of his father who was an accomplished black belt instructor. This was the beginning of his interest in different forms of martial arts and physical activity, including break-dancing. He began dancing seriously at the age of 15 and has since danced with the Waitukubuli Dance Theatre and just returned from Martinique where he participated in an international hip hop festival. Ghandi is 22 years old.
Augustus is the fourth of seven children. He is 28 years old and lives in the community of Fond Cole. Taking pride in helping others makes Augustus happy and he has volunteered his services at many NGO’s and charitable organizations. Fashion is his passion and one of his clothing lines was used in a pageant for young ladies in St. Lucia. He has worked with Signature Fashion Modeling Agency as a manager, designer and model and hopes to have his own clothing store in Dominica offering elegant and affordable couture.
Kester Edwards lives on Jolly Lane in Goodwill and loves to make people laugh. He is 26 years old and says he was born “2 days after the first week in January, which is the 9th.” He entered his first modeling show – Teen talent – at the age of 15 and “ever since wondered why there was no competition for Dominican men to show the country and the world what we can do on stage.” Kester works at the Princess Margaret Hospital.
Twenty-six year old Nigel Peters grew up on Bath Road in Roseau to the sounds of calypso from the great ‘NC’, so music has always been his passion. He has participated in several local song competitions and wants Dominicans to regain the pride that they once had in their country so that the nation can reclaim its cultural identity.
Lennard Panthier is 20 years old. He was born in Portsmouth and currently lives in Shawford. He has a deep love for culture and the cultural arts and has been a member of the Portsmouth Cultural Group for the last 11 years. It is his dream to work in a field where he can assist the elderly, less fortunate and abandoned. His motto is: With God, there is always a better tomorrow.
Tickets for the Show are on sale at the Garraway Hotel, The Glam in Roseau & Portsmouth, Prima Donna and Dons & Divas.