It was all glitz and glamour at the homecoming party for Miss Africa 2020 Calabar reigning queen, Kenya’s Irene Ng’endo Mukii. She emerged as the winner of the prestigious Africa pageant where she beat 21 girls from as many countries.
In honor of the Queen, Swiss Cocktail Lounge, Nairobi hosted Queen Irene to a lavish party attended by invited VIP guests, celebrities, family, and friends.
The Queen used the opportunity to thank her family, friends and team members for the love they have shown to her before and after she won the crown. She added that she will use the platform to push her initiative which is centred on empowering the African woman.
Nigerian dancehall sensation, Ketchup who is a big wave in East Africa at the moment, James Garang, celebrity photographer, and TV show hosts were all part of the guestlist for a party that was undoubtedly long overdue.
In a bid to further expand reach across Africa, Irene Ng’endo Mukii with the support of the Miss Africa Organisation Executives, paid a visit to the corporate headquarters of Nation Media Group, in Nairobi, Kenya.
The Nation Media Group is the largest independent media house in East and Central Africa with operations in print, broadcast and digital media, which attract and serve unparalleled audiences in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania and Rwanda. They are committed to generating and creating content that will inform, educate and entertain its consumers across the different platforms, keeping in mind the changing needs and trends in the industry.
The Head of corporate and regulatory affairs for Nation Media Group Clifford Machoka represented by the Corporate Affairs Manager, Kinya Gitonga and Production manager Mercelline Maroma have indicated their eagerness in taking the discussion to a more concrete level. The two brands are both Pan-Africanist in view and approach and will, therefore, work well in driving this message across Africa.
Queen Irene Ng’endo Mukii with the support of Miss Africa Organisation executives, visited the Kenya Tourism Board (KTB) to discuss possible partnerships. This in light of an East Africa casting planned for September 2020 in Nairobi, Kenya.
Representing the KTB were Director of Marketing Fred Okeyo, Senior Public Relations Officer Anne Kanini, and Manager in charge of Africa and domestic, Alex Tunoi. Cross River State Government Senior special assistant in Events and Tourism Mr. Thomas Ikpeme outlined what the pageant is about as well as how it fits into the government’s broader events calendar. It is part of the internationally acclaimed Calabar Festival which happens in December and attracts bands from all over the world culminating in a bikers parade, the international band carnival, and other iconic events.
The road to Miss Africa 2020 has begun and the organisation is seeking partnerships that’ll contribute towards a successful East Africa casting and possible future collaborations. The Kenya Tourism Board is one such a partner as it shares mutual value with the Miss Africa Organisation: uniting Africans and using socially conscious ambassadors such as Queen Irene Ng’endo Mukii to spread the message.
After all the details of the partnership are finalised, what will emerge will be one of the greatest collaborations between West and East Africa in recent times.
The fourth edition of Miss Africa Calabar was once again held at the world-class International Calabr Convention Centre to much glitz and glam. Hosted by Ebuka Obi-Uchendu and Jocelyn Dumans and headlined by Patorangking, Victoria Kimani, and various local acts, the continental beauty pageant had 22 girls from as many countries vying for a chance to claim the crown. Funny local man Robert Ekpo held the green carpet host duties with My Flatmates actress Wofai Fada.
This year’s panel of judges was Nollywood royalty Omotola Jalade, South African television, and radio host Pearl Modiadie, actor Eyinna Ngwigwe, CEO of Transcorp Hotels Owen Omogiafo, the first-ever most beautiful girl in Cross River State Abbey Ukpukpen and first Miss Africa Calabar Neurite Mendes.
Kenya’s Irene Ng’endo Mukii snatched the crown, a brand new car as well as 35 000 USD while Angola’s Cristian Daniela Lopes was the first runner up bagging 10 000 USD and South Africa’s Ethel Tondani Maimela walked away with the second runner up title which earned her 5 000 USD.
His Excellency Governor Ben Ayade on hosted this year’s Miss Africa Calabar Contestants for Christmas dinner. The Governor pulled out all the stops and treated the girls to some local cuisine including Afang soup and Ekpang Nkukwo. He also made time to engage contestants on various issues including xenophobia, free movement across the continent and business opportunities outside of the pageant.
He outlined his reasons for choosing ‘Humanity’ as a theme for this year’s version of Miss Africa Calabar stating that he feels that Africa needs to go back to its humanity, which is the core of what defines us as a people.
He concluded by sharing his ambitions to build, Calavegas, “the most beautiful city in Africa”, which he wants the winner of this year’s pageant to be closely involved in publicizing. “I want to make a young, black, African female child to be a billionaire,” he declared.
After a challenging and captivating round of registration, challenges and auditions the Miss Africa Organization is pleased to announce the 2019 contestants who will be representing their respective countries in Miss Africa 2019 Calabar pageant holding on the 27th of December, 2019 in the beautiful city of Calabar, Cross River State.
Congratulations to everyone.
Miss Africa Calabar.
1.Algeria 🇩🇿 Fatiha Chelighem
2.Botswana 🇧🇼 Tuduetso Patience @tuduetsolshimah
3.Angola 🇦🇴 – Christian Daniela Lopes @cris_d.lopes
4.Cameroon 🇨🇲- Taku Pauline Bessem @queen_pauline_the_first
5.Congo 🇬🇦 – Ilda Amani Dorcas @ildaamani
6.Gambia 🇬🇲-Mariama Ceesay @itsmariyamx
7.Ghana 🇬🇭- Brihanna Kinte @Brihanna.k
8.Kenya 🇰🇪 – Irene Ng’endo Mukii @rennie_quin
9. Malawi 🇲🇦 – Norah Vanessa Mwase @norahmwase96
10.Egypt 🇳🇦 – Ayat Mohamed Elsayedi @ayatmuhamed
11.Nigeria 🇳🇬 – Martha Ogar Ajom @-Nyen-
12.Rwanda 🇷🇼-Muvunyi Umutoni Tania @sheisgirlt
13.Sierra Leone 🇸🇱- Kadijatou Ceesay @joysbeautypalace
14.Liberia 🇱🇷 – Antoinette Natasha Benson @antoinettebenson
15.South Africa 🇿🇦- Ethel Meimela @ethel_meimela
16.Tanzania 🇹🇿- Precious Sylvester Lyimo @callme.presh
17.Togo 🇹🇬- Akakpo-Lado Ghislaine @ghislaine83.ag
18.Uganda 🇺🇬 – Namutosi Rose Hellen @rosieelena
19.Zambia 🇿🇲 – Faith Chowa @sahnahnah
20.Zimbabwe 🇿🇼- Sibusisiwe Lynette Falala @that_kalanga_queen
21. Ivory Coast 🇨🇮 Diaco Marie Bénédicte @mariebenedicte
22. Namibia 🇳🇦 Christiana Buba Gure
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The reigning Miss Africa Queen Dorcas Kasinde was a special guest at the 2019 unveiling of the #CarnivalCalabar2019 theme.
Cross River State Governor Prof. Ben Ayade declared the theme as ‘HUMANITY’ and asked all bands to ensure the implementation of the theme through their costumes, dance, and drama.
Speaking at the Exco chamber of the Governor’s office, he said the intellectual content of the carnival should be beyond dance where it must pass a strong message that would make the world a better place for humanity.
The Miss Africa theme is always in line with the Carnival Calabar theme. In 2016, the theme was climate change,2017 migration, and 2018 Africanism and as it has been declared at the unveiling that Miss Africa 2019 and Carnival Calabar theme is HUMANITY.
On the importance of the theme, the Governor said animals are becoming more human while humans are becoming more animalistic so the theme of Humanity is to challenge mankind that every human being has a right to existence.
Note that Miss Africa Grand finale holds on 27th December, the eve of the #CarnivalCalabar every year.