Of over 40 contestants across the continent, Ghana’s Rebecca Asamoah emerges the 2016 winner of the Miss Africa Continent pageantry. She was crowned over the weekend in South Africa.
The contest which was held at the Gold Reef City Casino in Johannesburg, is described as one of the most competitive. As a criteria to winning, the elegant and beautiful ladies are tested on intelligence, talent cum skills, social awareness as well as analytic capabilities.
The winner of the contest, in this case Rebecca Asamoah, has been awarded with an entirely covered scholarship to study Business Management at Monash University in Johannesburg.
Courtesy of Neo Mashishi, film maker and the founder of the Miss Africa Continent pageantry, “everything was done the African way”. Thus the theme for the event was ‘Celebrating African beauty and Culture’. For a change, the contest included cooking competitions, going barefoot and showcasing African costumes.
The maiden edition of the contest also made sure to inculcate in the ladies, the need for good sportsmanship. While they competed they all should keep an eye on the big picture – Unity.
Rebecca Asamoah narrates to SABC, the near Steve Harvey confusion that occurred during the finals.
“I was called out as the second princess when I got to the presenter he said I should go back to the line as he had had a mistake, minutes later I was called out and crowned as Miss Africa.”
For the finals, Rebecca competed against 11 formidable contestants from Zambia, Zimbabwe, Uganda, South Africa, Nigeria, Namibia, Malawi, Lesotho, Burundi and Angola.
24-year old Rebecca took the crown after 7 long months of the competition. Second place with the ‘first princess’ title is Zambia’s Michelo Malambo. Michelo had earlier represented her country at the Miss World Pageantry in China. The second princess title went to Jemimah Kandemira from South Africa.