Nineteen-year-old Finona Mutoni of Rwanda is among 32 beauty queens due to take part in the 2017 edition of Miss Africa beauty pageant in Calabar, Nigeria on 27 December 2017.
It is expected that the winner of Miss Africa 2017, the second edition of the pageant will be awarded a US$50,000 grand prize alongside a brand new SUV car.
According to the event organizers, the contest will feature 32 beauty queens from Rwanda, Mali, Nigeria, Burkina-Faso, Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, South Africa and Sudan, among other countries.
“Last year we had 18 countries whose beauty queens participated in the contest. This year, the event is bigger and better because we are expecting 32 countries for the show in Calabar,” said a statement quoting Thomas Ikpeme, Senior Special Assistant to Gov. Ben Ayade on Event and Tourism in Nigeria as saying.
Miss Angola, Loretta Mendez, currently holds the title she won at the last contest in Calabar in 2016.
Mendez was presented a cash prize of US$25, 000 and a SUV Jeep by Gov Ayade.