Angolan beauty Queen, Neurite Mendes, Saturday (November 26, 2016) emerged winner of the maiden edition of Miss Africa 2016, which took place at the Calabar International Conference Centre in Cross River State.
Neurite Mendes takes home a cash reward of $25,000 and a new Ford Escape car.
She defeated 17 other contestants from across the continent.
Mendes’ victory made her the first Miss Africa Climate Change Ambassador in a flamboyant ceremony hosted by the Cross River State government, themed: Green Economy, a Tool for Sustainable Development.
Wife of the Cross River State Governor,Dr. Linda Ayade, crowned the first ever Miss Africa beauty pageant, Angola’s Neurite Mendes.
According to African Spotlight, the first runner-up Miss South Africa, Refilwe Mthimunwe, took home $15,000 while the second runner-up Miss Cameroon, Jencey Anwifoge, carted away $10, 000.
Governor Ben Ayade, Senator Florence Ita-Giwa, and chairman of Davandy Group, Chief Asuquo Ekpenyong, were in attendance.
“The journey towards a formidable climate change has started, hence all must join in this noble cause to create a new path of virility in Africa. Though there maybe temporal challenges but when you put your soul above your problems, your body will follow,” said Ayade at the ceremony.
Nollywood stars, Kate Henshaw, Juliet Ibrahim and Uti Nwachukwu, acted as judges in the contest, which featured 30 beauty queens from 30 African countries including Nigeria.