21 year old Gaseangwe Balopi from Botswana beat 24 contestants from across the African continent at the second annual Miss Africa beauty pageant which took place in Calabar, Nigeria on the 28th December 2017.
The African queens showed off their beauty with brains topped with a touch of their ‘Africanism’.
Actress and Presenter, Angola’s Weza Solange hosted the star studded event with Nigeria’s Radio & TV personality, IK Osakioduwa. They sure held it down for the guests at the Calabar International Convention Centre in Cross River State of Nigeria.
The Top 15 for #MissAfrica2017Calabar were: Angola, Tanzania, Kenya, Ivory Coast, Botswana, Cameroon, Ghana, South Africa, Algeria, Nigeria, Ethiopia, Rwanda, South Sudan, Namibia & Somalia
15 was then cut down to 5, with the following countries making the list.
Botswana’s Gaseangwe Balopi
Namibia’s Stephanie Tsuos
Rwanda’s Fiona Naringwa
South Africa’s Luyolo Mngonyama
South Sudan’s Helen Hivita
From the Top 5 down to the Top 3. The 2nd Runner up spot went to South Africa’s Luyolo Mngonyama who took home $5000. 1st Runner-up was Fiona Naringwa from Rwanda. She walked away with $10000.
The African Queen, Gaseangwe Balopi won $30,000 and a brand new Ford Edge sport utility vehicle for being crowned Miss Africa 2017.
The pageant is sponsored by the coastal south-eastern Cross River State in Nigeria and is part of the local government’s Calabar festival.
Cross River State Governor Ben Ayade said this year’s theme –Climate Change and Migration– was aimed at raising awareness on the need to protect the environment and caution the youth against illegal migration.
“How can a continent like Africa that is blessed with abundant natural and human resources be poor? We are not gathered here to pick the most beautiful woman, but rather, we want to pick the true African woman who can use her beauty to change Africa. The Miss Africa pageant is meant to tell the true story of Africa to the world.”
Rwanda’s Fiona Naringwa was the crowd’s favorite.
The finalists in their traditional gear
Gaseangwe Balopi will serve as the Miss Africa Climate Change and Migration Ambassador.
The first Miss Africa Climate Change Ambassador crown went to Angola’s Neurite Mendes in 2016. The theme was ‘Green Economy, a tool for Sustainable Development’.
Congratulations to Botswana!!