By Ushang Ewa
The 25 finalists for the 2017 edition of the Miss Africa beauty pageant will begin arriving Calabar, the Cross River State capital today (Saturday) a statement from the organizers says.
This follows the conclusion of the auditions which held in several places across the African continent with reigning queen; Angola’s Neurite Mended leading a team of judges for the exercise.
Those in Nigeria were screened at the Channel View hotel in Calabar with Chikaodili Nna-Udosen emerging as the country’s representative.
Below is a list of other countries and their representatives.
1. Algeria Nassima Mechalikh
2. Angola Yulana Costa
3. Botswana Gaseangwe Palopi
4. Burkina Faso Josiane Lengani
5. Burundi Nikuze Annie Bernice
6. Cameroon Ruth Ule Adama
7. Congo Audrey Kayiba
8. Ethiopia Sallyana Abayneh
9. Gabon Marriam Eya
10. Gambia Awa Jammeh
11. Ghana Priscilla Agboada
12. Kenya Elizabeth Obegi
13. Morocco Chaimae Choukri
14. Mozambique Joanna Fungate
15. Namibia Stephanie Tsuos
16. Rwanda Fiona Muthoni Naringwa
17. Sierra Leone Mariama Dalanda
18. Somalia Fatuma Ibrahim Muktar
19.South Africa Luyolo Vusheni Mngonyama
20. South Sudan Helen Hivita
21.Swaziland Phumzile Happy Thwala
22. Tanzania Lorraine Marriot
23. Zambia Kalwa Musonda
24.Zimbabwe Paidamoyo Ellen Gombakomba
The contestants will land at 1PM at the Margaret Ekpo international airport before proceeding to the Obudu Mountain Resort for a boot camp.
They will then return and will be lodged at the Tinapa Lakeside hotel where “They will face various challenges including testing their knowledge of the Climate Change theme as well as their overall queenly status,” the statement read.
The process will be broadcasted on “DSTV channel 198 and GOTV channel 29 as we lead up to the live event on Wednesday 27 December 2017,” the organizers said.
Also, the coordinator, Charles Ndudim urged all who did not make it to take heart as “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.”
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