The current holder of the Miss Ghana title, Rebecca Asamoah has been crowned as the winner of the maiden edition of “Miss Africa Continent”.
The 24-year-old dental hygienist beat 11 finalists drawn from an original list of 40 contestants from across the continent in the inaugural pageant at Johannesburg’s Gold Reef City casino on Saturday night.
The Miss Africa Continent pageant was created by South African film producer Neo Mashishi, who said it aimed to empower young African women.
“This is about Africa, we are selling Africa to the world, and we are proud to be Africa”.
Asamoah said she wanted to see young people help uplift the continent.
“There are a lot of things to be fixed in Africa — water, education, environmental issues,” she told AFP.
“The way everything was done was African, we didn’t emulate anything from Miss Universe, or Miss World,” Mashishi said.
Asamoah received a grant to study business management at Monash university in Johannesburg.
Runner-up was Michelo Malambo of Zambia, while South Africa’s Jemimah Kandimiri was placed third.
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