By Onozure Dania
The stage is set for the crowning of the 1st Miss Africa Beauty Queen, as damsels from fifteen African countries storm Lagos today, to battle for the crown.
The pageant which is the maiden edition of an international pageant, Miss Africa Beauty Queen Pageant will hold at the Oriental Hotel, Lekki. The beauty queens are drawn from Nigeria, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Ghana, Cape Verde, Burundi, Cameroun, Kenya, Uganda, Zambia, Somalia, Ethiopia, Rwanda, Gambia and Mali. These fifteen contestants are the finalist who emerged from the original 54, representing each African Countries.
Mr Chike Mordi, the Creative Director of the pageant at a press conference held yesterday in Lagos, said the maiden edition of the pageant is themed “Beauty, Peace and Unity”.
“This is an event being organized by Miss Africa Beauty Queen Spa and Lounge bringing together African beauty queens together to fight for one crown to foster peace, love and unity in our continent.” “Africa, a continent with about 54 countries has so much diversity in culture, traditions and beliefs, we see pageantry as one of the means of entertainment that can bring together youths and unite them.
“We are fostering friendship with people from various African countries, “Mordi said.
The Creative Director said that the pageant will see the 15 finalists who had scaled through the elimination process originally involving 54 contestants representing each African country.
Speaking on the prizes to be won at the pageant, Mordi said “The winner will take home a brand new Kia Sportage, Sports Utility Vehicle SUV, a fully furnished apartment In Nigeria because Nigeria is the operating base for this year’s event and a cash prize of $5,000. “The first runner up will win $3,000 and the second runner up $2,000. “There are other consolation prizes which are gift items.” According to him, the contestants have been in Nigeria for two weeks during which they have visited orphanages and engaged in charity work. He said “We have contestants who have plans to work with people living with mental disabilities.