The fourth edition of Miss Africa Calabar does not disappoint

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.

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Governor Ben Ayade Hosts Miss Africa Calabar Contestants for Christmas Dinner

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.



Meet Miss Africa 2019 Calabar Contestants

Hello Africa,

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
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

Follow @missafricacalabar on all our social media handles for all the live updates.

Ayade Declares Humanity As The Miss Africa and Carnival Calabar 2019 Theme

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.

Queen Dorcas is honoured with a dinner in Congo

Miss Africa Calabar Dorcas Kasinde Dienda went home for the first time as reigning Queen and she received a welcome fit for royalty. A special dinner was held for her at the luxury five-star Kempinski Hotel Fleuve Congo. Clad in champagne, body-hugging gown, Dorcas was a vision to behold!



Queen Dorcus Kasinde attends Calabar Carnival

New Miss Africa 2018 Calabar Queen Dorcus Kasinda undertook her first visit as reigning Queen and attended the Calabar Carnival, flanked by her runner-ups, Cross State River Governor Ben Ayade and his wife Dr. Linda Ayade.


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Congo’s Dorcas Kasinde wins #MissAfrica2018Calabar

Dorcas Kasinde of Congo emerged as the winner at the third edition of Miss Africa 2018 Calabar. She was one of the twenty-five girls who came from across the continent compete for the crown.



The Congolese beauty was crowned in a glitzy event held at the Calabar International Conference Centre hosted by South African personality Bonang Matheba and Nigeria’s very own member of the ‘Sweet Boys Association’ Ebuka Obi-Uchendu.

She walks away with 35 000 USD and a brand new SUV.

Gase Balopi: My year of reign

Botswana beauty Gase Balopi is getting ready to hand over the reins to a new Queen as the road to Miss Africa 2018 Calabar intensifies.

We caught up with her to chat about her year of reign.

What do you now know about yourself that you did not know when you were crowned queen just over a year ago?  

One thing I didn’t know about myself is how well I work under pressure . I didn’t know I was so resilient and patient.

What are your top highlight moments during your year of reign?

My highlights of the year had to be my refugee camp visits. They helped me realize my purpose and I’m glad my voice can call in Major donations to the migrants. The second had to be attending the African investor forum in South Africa. I enjoyed networking and building lifelong partnerships.

What would you like the next queen to never forget?

Stay Humble. She should always remember who she is and where she is from. Most importantly that she has a big sister and mentor in me. She is not alone.

What for you makes the City of Calabar special?

The culture. Everyone that knows me knows my love for history and how it has shaped us to who we are today. The Cross Riverian culture is so vibrant and unique. Secondly, it would have to be the people, they are warm welcoming .ng. It feels like home.

What’s next from you?

I get this question a lot. When I got this crown I knew that I could not change Africa in one year so I focused on building and establishing connections in all the African countries that participated and more. My foundation will be officially launched next year and I am working very closely with the UN on a major project. Just to mention a few. There’s a lot more coming just stay tuned.

Before she steps into the next major phase of her life, Gase Balopi will hand over the crown in a live event which will be broadcast on DSTV channel 198 and GOTV channel 29 on Wednesday 27 December 2018.