The winner of Miss Africa 2017, the event which was organized by Cross River State government is unvieled.
21 years old Gaseangwe Balopi from botswana won the prestigious african award.
What really happened at the event
The contest started at 10:45 pm on Wednesday, 27 December at Calabar International Convention Centre and ended at about at 3 am on the 28th of December. An electrified audience watched 25 beautiful and talented ladies show off their beauty and brains until the best of them was finally crowned.
It was made known that attractive Gaseangwe Balopi won the 2nd edition of the peagent in a stylish African pageant dress and received a prize of 35 thousand dollars and Ford Edge Sport Utility Vehicle as an additional bonus.
Fiona Naringwa, Miss Rwanda and Luyolo Mngonyama, South Africa who were the 1st and 2nd runners-up respectively. Naringwa received 10 thousand US dollars and Mngonyama got 5 thousand US dollars.
The aim of the African beauty contest
Women's beauty isn't the only thing that is displayed in these type of event. During the speech at the event, Cross River State Governor Ben Ayade said that the subject of the competition was migration and climate change.
This issues were raised to attract attention of African citizens to the protection of our environment and prevention of illegal migration. The chosen queen, according to Ayade, should use her beauty and crown to unite Africans. According to Gov. Ayade, all people living on a common continent are brothers and should support each other to achieve prosperity.
Congratulations to the lady from Botswana and hope she uses her 'African queen' status well with dignity to the African society. It's true that beauty abound in Africa and it truly unify Africa! Would you like to be an African queen?