The much anticipated Miss Africa Beauty Pageant is finally here! The Pageant is set to take place at the Cross River State, Calabar-Nigeria. Twenty-seven of the expected contestant countries have landed at Calabar for the second edition of the Miss Africa Climate Change Beauty Pageant. The beauty pageant is the brainchild of the Prof. Ben Ayade-led administration. Its main role is to provide the much needed platform for creating awareness on the adverse effects of climate change and the impacts of climate change on our beloved planet Earth.
After the lengthy and competitive audition process, several ladies were selected to take part in this year’s competition. Registration for the Miss Africa 2017 beauty pageant was received from across the African continent. It included 60-second videos submitted by the applicants as well as physical auditions held in three countries. Contestants were assessed by the reigning Beauty Queen Neurite Mendes in collaboration with other highly decorated panel of judges.
The following is a list of the selected ladies:
Algeria: Nassima Mechalikh
Angola: Yulana Costa
Botswana: Gaseangwe Palopi
Burkina: Faso Josiane Lengani
Burundi: Nikuze Annie Bernice
Cameroon: Ruth Ule Adama
Congo: Audrey Kayiba
Ethiopia: Sallyana Abayneh
Gabon: Marriam Eya
Gambia: Awa Jammeh
Ghana: Priscilla Agboada
Kenya: Elizabeth Obegi
Morocco: Chaimae Choukri
Mozambique: Joanna Fungate
Namibia: Stephanie Tsuos
Nigeria: Chikaodili Nna-Udosen
Rwanda: Fiona Muthoni Naringwa
Sierra: Leone Mariama Dalanda
Somalia: Fatuma Ibrahim Muktar
South Africa: Luyolo Vusheni Mngonyama
South Sudan: Hellen Hivita
Swaziland: Phumzile Happy Thwala
Tanzania: Lorraine Marriot
Zambia: Kalwa Musonda
Zimbabwe: Paidamoyo Ellen Gombakomba
Speaking to those who were not selected for this year’s pageant and had applied, the Miss Africa Organization: International Coordinator, Charles Ndudim said “unfortunately there can only be one representative per country. But we thank all the beautiful girls who entered and encourage them to try again next year.” In an interview with a Moslem contestant, Miss Fatima Ibrahim Murtar, who hails from Somalia at the Tinapa Lake Resort sounded very positive of reigning victorious and winning the much coveted crown said, “I want to do something different contrary to my belief.”
On climate change she said, we are already experiencing the effect of climate change in Somalia with deadly drought all over and I want to use this platform if I eventually win to educate our people, especially those in the affected regions about the dangers and see how we could bring succor to them through empowerment with the support of international bodies.” If she wins, Miss Chikaodili Nna Udosen representing Nigeria said, “I will woo all the stakeholders to join Cross River State in the campaign against climate change which is becoming a global challenge.” Overwhelmed by the beauty of the Calabar scenery, Miss Hellen Hivita from South Sudan explained, “It’s nice to be in Nigeria finally. I have been listening to their music, watched their movies but I have never been here but today, I thank God I made it here. It’s such a beautiful place to be.” Hellen sounded optimistic of emerging victorious at the beauty pageant. She said, “I will stay positive.
We all know Sudan is a war torn country, and if I win this pageant, I will work with international organizations there to preach more on the effect of climate change and environment.” Expressing a similar degree of optimism, Miss Gaseangwe Balopi hailing from Botswana said, “It is an opportunity to visit Nigeria because I have always watched their movies right from when I was young and today I am physically here to see these beautiful people and its landscape. I am glad that African is gradually transiting to the green economy which is the future from the traditional monolithic economy and I want to be that change agent that will help propagate the message of climate change across Africa to make a difference.”
Having landed at the Southern Nigeria city of Calabar, the ladies will undertake a boot camp process in Obudu Mountain resort. They will then proceed to Tinapa Lakeside Hotel where the second part of the Miss Africa 2017 pageant will take place. The contestants are set to face various challenges at these two locations including a test of their knowledge on climate change. The audience will have a chance to follow the proceedings by tuning to GOTV channel 29 and DSTV channel 198leading to a live event on Wednesday 27th December, 2017. The audience will also be given the opportunity to vote for their favorite contestant once the voting lines are open in the coming weeks.
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