By George Odok/Calabar
Botswana queen, Gaseangwe Balopi, 21, has gained the second version of the Miss Africa magnificence pageant hosted by the Cross River Government.
Balopi emerged the 2017 African queen on the keenly contested occasion after a fourth spherical of appearances in several attires by 25 contestants.
NAN experiences that the pink carpet occasion began at spherical 10.45 pm on Wednesday evening on the Calabar International Convention Centre and ended round three a.m on Thursday morning.
She is to take residence $35,000 and a Ford Edge Sport Utility Vehicle as her star prize.
Miss Rwanda, Fiona Naringwa and Miss Luyolo Mngonyama of South Africa had been first and second runners-up. Naringwa will take residence $10,000 and Mngonyama $5,000.
Gov. Ben Ayade stated that the theme of the occasion `Climate Change and Migration’ was chosen to create consciousness on the necessity to shield the surroundings and warning youths in opposition to unlawful migration.
Ayade stated that the occasion afforded the African continent the chance to decide on one other magnificence queen that can use her magnificence to create consciousness on the necessity for Africans to see themselves as one.
“Migration and Climate Change have change into burning and world points at the moment. Our gathering right here at the moment is to decide on one other African queen that can use her workplace to create consciousness on the theme.
“Blackness is now a notion, magnificence and character within the eyes of the folks. The Miss Africa pageant is supposed to inform the true story of Africa to the world.
“How can a continent like Africa that’s blessed with considerable pure and human assets be poor? Africans are intellectually sound.
“We aren’t gathered right here to choose probably the most lovely lady, however moderately, we need to decide the true African lady who can use her magnificence to alter Africa.
“For us to inform the true African story, we want a face that’s interesting.
“Our theme for this yr ought to warning our youths in regards to the tedious journey by the Mediterranean Sea and Sahara Desert to Europe searching for greener pasture’’, he stated.
Motswana Balopi promised to make use of her crown to create consciousness on the risks of unlawful migration by youths throughout Africa.
The former Miss Africa, Neurite Mendes from Angola, urged the brand new African queen to make use of her workplace to finish unlawful migration by some Africans to European nations.
Former Governor of Cross River, Mr Donald Duke, Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Mr John Gaul-Lebo and different dignitaries had been in attendance on the occasion.
Nigerian music artist, Flavour and South African music star, Mafikizolo entertained the over friends on the event