21 year- old Botswana beauty, Gaseangwe Balopi, yesterday night emerged the winner of the 2017 edition of Africa’s most beautiful girl beauty contest, organized by the Cross Rivers State Government as part of its annual Calabar International Carnival.
The Defense trainer-cum-Model and stylist beat 25 other contestants, to grab the princely sum of $35,000 and a brand new jeep, while 23year-old Fiona Muthoni Naringwa of Rwanda, the first runners- up, grabbed $10,000 as thes second runner up, Luyolo Mngonyama of South Africa went home with $5,000.
Angolan Neurite Mendes from Angola, the outgoing Miss Africa 2016 , congratulated the winner, while urging her to apply wisdom in the task ahead as the reigning Queen.
She also expressed joy at being free of the hectic schedule associated with the exercise.
She said, “I am now free”.
Governor of Cross River state, who spoke on the theme; ”migration’, charged African leaders to re-double their efforts in the task of finding a permanent solution to the migration problem which had bedeviled the continent of Africa in recent times.
The governor lamented that failure in leadership was the reason why young people embarked on illegal migration not minding the dangers associated with such journey from the continent of Africa to Europe via the Sahara desert and Mediterranean sea, with the high hope of getting better opportunity elsewhere,
”How can a big continent like Africa say it is poor even when it has been endowed with all the resources like, oil and gas that if tapped or harnessed can turn around the fortunes of the continent?.
” All that we need is love. Africa man’s celebration is a celebration for all. How could a country with all the resources including oil and gas say it is poor”? he quipped.