I am Brenda Eyram Kokoe Kankoue-Aho and I am 23-years-old. I have my license in International Business Management and I am also gearing up to study for my Masters in Marketing and Communication. I am also involved in fashion and design as both a model and a student in a fashion and design school.
Why are you competing for Miss Africa Calabar 2020?
I have always been passionate about pageantry. I won Miss Lome and was also the first runner-up in Miss Togo 2017. I believe that being a beauty queen makes it possible for one to positively impact society. The honour to impact a whole continent will be mine if I win Miss Africa Calabar 2020.
What solution would you offer for the challenges Africa is facing in terms of the COVID 19 pandemic and other health, governance, and environmental issues?
COVID 19 has caused a lot of damage all over the world and we have unfortunately have not found a reliable cure as yet. I will therefore advise that everyone continues to respect the health rules established by their respective governments in order to reduce the number of victims and thus slow down the further spread of the pandemic.
And because our health depends on our environment, it is our duty to always contribute to its cleanliness and to conscientize each other on this subject.
Professionally, I plan to invest in my fashion brand and career once I have completed my fashion and design school course in 2021. I have been always interested in humanitarian work that involves protecting children, especially those that are homeless. In this regard, together with some friends, we started an association called ‘We are children’ in 2017 wherein the goal is to put a smile on the faces of as many children in our community as possible. We do this by offering them food and toys, especially during the Christmas and New Year period.
What would you do with the prize money should you win and what project would you take on to impact Africa at large?
Being crowned Miss Africa Calabar 2020 will be a great opportunity for me to achieve my goals and push the fight for children further than just my community.