The 22 year old Bonile Lukhozi, a second year BSc Agriculture student from the University of KwaZulu-Natal in Pietermaritzburg was named the male Face of Oxy for 2017.

Originally from Harding in the south of KZN, Bonile is a deep thinker and an avid chess player. He learned to play at primary school on encouragement from a teacher and still enjoys a game of chess when getting together with friends. He has a passion for music, enjoys going to the movies and playing pool.

The Face of Oxy competition not only attracts young faces and role models with healthy looking, radiant skin, but its objective is also to celebrate young people who are inspirational, confident and admired by their peers. When we asked what it means to him to be the male Face of Oxy for 2017, Bonile says it has certainly opened doors for him as he is keen to try modelling.

As a winner, Bonile won his very own photo shoot in Cape Town, with a professional photographer and stylist, which has enabled him to get his own modelling portfolio.

As far as his future career plans are concerned, he would eventually like to own his own business and has his sights set on a recording company that manages artists. “I would like to create job opportunities and help people fulfil their dreams,” says Bonile. In addition to possibly funding underprivileged students, he has a soft spot for orphanages and old age homes.

If he had a message for other young people his age, it would be that one should love oneself and embrace self-expression. “Never under-estimate yourself and work hard to achieve your goals. Treat others like you would like to be treated”, adds Bonile.