Kenya’s Irene Ng’endo Mukii wins Miss Africa Calabar 2019

Eme Offiong

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Miss Kenya, Irene Ng’endo Mukii, emerged winner of the fourth edition of the Miss Africa Pageant held at the Calabar International Conference Centre, CICC, in Cross River State, southern Nigeria.

Mukii defeated 21 other contestants to clinch the crown and was followed closely by Ethel Meimela of South Africa, while Daniela Lopes Christian from Angola came in as the second runner up.

The beauty queen competed alongside 21 other contestants to clinch the coveted crown in a star-studded event hosted by Joselyn Dumas from Ghana and Ebuka Obi-Uchendu from Nigeria.

Irene Mukii was presented with a cheque of 50 thousand US Dollars and a brand new SUV as well as an all-expense paid trip to Malaysia.

In a brief remark, the Governor of Cross River state, Professor Ben Ayade harped on the importance of the theme of this year’s celebration, which is Humanity.

Governor Ayade reminded Africans, Nigerians and Cross River people of the “need to be peaceful, compassionate, sympathetic and kind. It is important for people all over the world to treat one another with care, love and respect”.

Queens from 22 African countries participated in the 2019 Miss Africa pageant and this include Angola, Ghana, Togo, Botswana, Namibia, Algeria, Kenya, Egypt, Congo, Gambia and the Republic of Cameroon.

Others include Sierra Leone, Malawi, Liberia, Namibia, Rwanda, Ivory Coast, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe and host country, Nigeria.

The night, which was packed full of excitement featured stage performances by Victoria Kimani of Kenya, Nigeria’s international artiste Patoranking and musical maestros StylPlus as well as Calabar Born indigenous stars popularly known as Okpo Record.

The Miss Africa 2019 Beauty Pageant is part of activities at the Carnival Calabar holding in the southern state of Cross River.

Irene is a level 300 Mathematics and Computer Science student at the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology.

This year’s Miss Africa 2019 theme was Humanity.

Contestants were expected to interpret the theme in their performances.

WATCH HER CROWNING MOMENT

Hauwa Abubakar