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AN EDINBURGH man has been chosen from thousands of proud glasses wearers as a finalist for Specsavers’ Spectacle Wearer of the Year.

Emojefe Doghudje, aged 27 from Corstorphine could follow in the footsteps of last year’s Award winner, Love Island hunk Alex Miller, winning £10,000 and the chance to mingle with the stars at the annual Spectacle Wearer of the Year Awards.

 
Specsavers, Corstorphine Edinburgh.
Picture by Stewart Attwood
 

Glasses wearers across the UK and Republic of Ireland have been showing off their specs style by sharing their selfies online throughout the spring and summer.

The security officer was invited to visit his local Specsavers store in Edinburgh to receive a bottle of champagne, a certificate and a £125 glasses voucher.

He took the opportunity to try Specsavers’ innovative Framestyler technology to help choose a new pair of specs, ahead of the next round of judging.

 
Specsavers, Corstorphine Edinburgh.
Picture by Stewart Attwood
 

Emojefe says: ‘I was so surprised and delighted to be nominated because my partner, unbeknownst to me, had entered me into the competition.

‘Winning would mean so much to me, to be recognise for something that I have been self-conscious about in the past would be great. I would use the money to finally put down a deposit on a house and to pay for my parent’s healthcare back in Nigeria.’

Adam Gordon, store director at Specsavers Corstorphine says: ‘This is the first time we’ve had a regional finalist from Corstorphine so all the staff wish Emojefe the very best of luck – it would be fantastic to have a finalist representing Edinburgh at the awards.’

The awards were launched by Steps star Claire Richards earlier this year. If he triumphs in his age category, Emojefe will meet Claire and rub shoulders with many other celebs at the glitzy awards ceremony at London’s 8 Northumberland Avenue in October.

There are five age categories – 16-24; 25-34; 35-44; 45-59 and over 60, plus a Facebook favourite voted for by the public. All age category winners will win a VIP makeover, with one overall winner taking home the ultimate accolade in specs wearing.