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Miss Africa Beauty Pageant To Hold On December 27

This year Miss African Beauty competition would take place on the 27 of December. About  32 beautiful ladies have been listed to contest in this year edition of the event, which would hold in Calabar.

Mr Thomas Ikpeme, Senior Special Assistant to Gov. Ben Ayade on Event and Tourism, disclosed this yesterday in an interview in Calabar.

Gov. Ben Ayade presents cash, car to Miss Loretta Mendez (Angola) winner 2016 Miss Africa Beauty Pageant

Gov. Ben Ayade presenting cash of 25 thousand dollars and a car to Miss Loretta Mendez (Angola), the winner of the 2016 Miss Africa Beauty Pageant

According to Ikpeme, this year’s edition of Miss Africa Beauty Pageant would have about 32 beautiful ladies each from 32 African countries in participation.

Mali, Nigeria, Burkina-Faso, Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia South Africa, Sudan are among the 32 countries that qualified for the competition.

He also revealed that Cross River State government is in collaboration with the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) and some other institutions to ensure that the event holds smoothly.

In his words, “We believe that we can sell Cross River as a destination for tourism and hospitality, what we are looking for is the number; imagine 32 queens in Calabar, tweeting, using Facebook and Instagram to showcase the beautiful city of Calabar”.

He added that “These 32 countries will be represented by 32 beauty queens who have huge followership on social media and we believe that we will be heating 32 countries in Africa at the same time “Last year we had 18 countries and their beauty queens that participated in the contest. This year, the event is bigger and better because we are expecting 32 countries for the show in Calabar”.

Ikpeme, went ahead to reveal that talented artists in the Nigerian music industry have also been invited to grace the occasion. Quoting him, he said, “We will have stars like Davido, Teckno, Wizkid, Flavour, Patoranking and other artists from African countries to entertain guest at the show’’. He added that “the FIRS will use the occasion of the show to sensitise people on the need to pay their taxes regularly.”

Ikpeme also said that the Miss African pageant is now a sustainable brand in Cross River, as he assured that adequate security is already on the ground to make sure that the event is successful.

He finally revealed that the clothing materials that the competitors would use would be made by the state garment factory.

Last year winner of the contest is Miss Angola, Loretta Mendez. Mendez went home with a cash prize of 25, 000 thousand dollars with and an  SUV Jeep presented by  the governor of Cross Rivers State.

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