32 countries to participate in Miss Africa beauty pageant on Dec. 27

Calabar, Dec. 6, 2017 (TNE) No fewer than 32 beauty queens are expected to participate in the 2017 edition of Miss Africa beauty pageant in Calabar, an official has said.

Mr Thomas Ikpeme, Senior Special Assistant to Gov. Ben Ayade on Event and Tourism, made this known on Wednesday in Calabar, saying that the second edition of the contest, which is billed for Dec. 27 in Calabar, will feature 32 beauty queens from Mali, Nigeria, Burkina-Faso, Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, South Africa, Sudan, among others.

He said that the Cross River government is collaborating with the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) and other partners to ensure a successful hosting of the event.

“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.

“These 32 countries will be represented by 32 beauty queens who have huge followership on social media and we believe that we will beheating 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.

“We will have stars like Davido, Teckno Wizkid, Flavour, Patoranking and other artistes from African countries to entertain guest at the show,” he said.

He said that the FIRS will use the occasion of the show to sensitise people on the need to pay their taxes regularly.

Ikpeme further said that the Miss African contest has become a sustainable brand in Cross River, adding that adequate security measures have been put in place to ensure a hitch-free show.

He said that the fabrics that will be used by the contestants will be produced by the state garment factory, adding that Cross River is set for the show.

Miss Angola, Loretta Mendez, currently holds the title, having won it at the last contest in Calabar in 2016.

Mendez was presented with a cash prize of US$ 25,000 with an SUV Jeep by Gov Ayade.


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