Organisers of the Miss Africa Beauty Queen Pageant, Spa and Lounge Limited, say all is now set to hold the maiden edition of Pageant, in Lagos.
Creative Director of the pageant, Chike Mordi, who disclosed this at news briefing, today said the pageant will hold Friday, March 30 at the Oriental Hotel, along Lekki-Epe Expressway.
He said beauty queens from 15 African countries – Nigeria, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Ghana, Cape Verde, Burundi, and Cameroon – will be vying for the crown of Miss Africa Beauty Queen.
Mr Mardi, who noted that the maiden edition of the pageant is themed “Beauty, Peace and Unity”, explained that the other countries vying for the crown include Kenya, Uganda, Zambia, Somalia, Ethiopia, Rwanda, Gambia and Mali.
“This is an event being organized by Miss Africa Beauty Queen Spa and Lounge bringing together African beauty queens together to fight for one crown to foster peace, love and unity in our continent.
“Africa, a continent with about 54 countries has so much diversity in culture, traditions and beliefs, we see pageantry as one of the means of entertainment that can bring together youths and unite them.
“We are fostering friendship with people from various African countries,”Mordi said.
The Creative Director said the pageant will see the 15 finalists, who had scaled through the elimination process, originally involving 54 contestants, representing each African country.
Shedding light on the prizes to be won at the pageant, Mordi said “the winner will take home a brand new Kia Sportage, Sports Utility Vehicle (SUV), a fully furnished apartment in Nigeria, because Nigeria is the operating base for this year’s event and a cash prize of $5,000.
“The first time runner up will win $3,000 and the second runner up $2,000.
“There are other consolation prizes which are gift items.”
According to him, contestants have been in Nigeria for two weeks, during which they have visited orphanages and engaged in charity work.
“We have contestants who have plans to work with people living with mental disabilities.
“Some are campaigning against violence against women and some others are passionate campaigners against Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) and education for African children,” he said.
Mordi said “the event is at the grand ball room of the Oriental Hotel tomorrow by 6pm.”