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Will An African Queen Win the Crown? Meet Africa’s Beauties at Miss World 2009

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The Miss World beauty pageant, one of the oldest and most prestigious beauty pageants. Since 1959, a queen has been crowned by the Miss World organization to promote various causes and carry out charity work. Many famous women including India’s Aishwarya Rai and Nigeria’s Agbani Darego have won the crown.
This year, the pageant is being held in South Africa for the 7th time since the pageant’s inception.
Africa is being represented by 18 beautiful ‘queens’ from across the continent.
The Miss World crown has been won by only 3 Africans in the past. Penelope Anne Coelen of South Africa in 1958, Anneline Kriel of South Africa in 1974 (the original Miss World 1974 resigned so Anneline took her place) and of course, Agbani Darego of Nigeria in 2001.
However, its significant to note that the 2 South African wins were during aparthied and Agbani is the only black African to ever win the Miss World title.
Back to the present, which of thee girls have the potential to win the Miss World 2009 crown?
The finale will be held on Saturday 12th December 2009 in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Angola - Nadia SILVA

Angola - Nadia SILVA

Botswana - Sumaiyah MAROPE

Botswana - Sumaiyah MAROPE

Cote-D'Ivoire - Dacoury GNAGO

Cote-D'Ivoire - Dacoury GNAGO

Egypt - Samah SHALABY

Egypt - Samah SHALABY

Ethiopia - Lula WELDEGEBRIEL

Ethiopia - Lula WELDEGEBRIEL

Ghana - Mawuse APPEA

Ghana - Mawuse APPEA

Miss World 2009 - Kenya

Kenya - Fiona KONCHELLAH

Miss World 2009 - Liberia

Liberia - Shu-rina WIAH

Mauritius - Anais VEERAPATREN

Mauritius - Anais VEERAPATREN

Namibia - Happie NTELAMO

Namibia - Happie NTELAMO

Nigeria - Glory CHUKWU

Nigeria - Glory CHUKWU

Sierra Leone - Mariatu KARGBO

Sierra Leone - Mariatu KARGBO

South Africa - Tatum KESHWAR

South Africa - Tatum KESHWAR

Swaziland - Nompilo MNCINA

Swaziland - Nompilo MNCINA

Tanzania - Miriam KABULA

Tanzania - Miriam KABULA

Uganda - Maria NAMIIRO

Uganda - Maria NAMIIRO


Zambia - Sekwila MUMBA

Zambia - Sekwila MUMBA


Zimbabwe - Vanessa SIBANDA

Zimbabwe - Vanessa SIBANDA


Photos are from the Miss World 2009 ‘World Designer’ Special Award mini show. It featured all the 118 contestants of Miss World 2009 and was won by Miss Sierra Leone!

45 Comments

  1. luvlife

    December 9, 2009 at 12:47 am

    The Kenyan representative looks so beautiful I wish I could see her face clearly. As far as having the potential to win the crown, that will depend on how they respond to the questions asked, how they carry themselves on stage etc. These days it’s not about physical beauty alone, n’est pas?

  2. mayowalulu

    December 9, 2009 at 12:50 am

    nigERia…….KAi!….whyy noww??

  3. luvlife

    December 9, 2009 at 12:53 am

    Nigeria’s Glory Chukwu is also pretty, I’m not sure about that dress though. The color aesthetic isn’t working for me

  4. Mr. Nigeria

    December 9, 2009 at 1:05 am

    Minus all the Gosh awful dresses these ladies are actually very very beautiful…. Nigeria?????? Not to dump on the girl picked but I see hotter chics at Ikeja market than this lady!!!

  5. mel

    December 9, 2009 at 1:07 am

    i love miss Tanzania’s dress!!!Angola, Ghana and Kenya are hot!!!!

  6. mel

    December 9, 2009 at 1:08 am

    i love miss Tanzania’s dress!!!Angola, Ghana and Kenya look nice

  7. naima

    December 9, 2009 at 1:11 am

    I like miss Tanzania, she’s cute! But all of them are really beautiful o

  8. girl

    December 9, 2009 at 1:41 am

    Angola is the Prettiest

  9. bukky

    December 9, 2009 at 1:41 am

    men all the dresses are lovely except namibia(yellow dress)
    hhmmmn @ Ms Naija..
    Ms tanzania is soooooooo cute…
    i thot they did the pageant a while ago

  10. bukky

    December 9, 2009 at 1:44 am

    ms angola looks like adaeze igwe

  11. Benzo

    December 9, 2009 at 1:50 am

    Lovely gowns and beautiful ladies, like Sierra Leone and Ivory Coast the best.

  12. Chika

    December 9, 2009 at 3:55 am

    Miss Kenya is toooo beautiful!!!!!!! perfect teeth.
    sierra leone’s dress is wow.
    ghana is pretty.
    nigeria— sorry, can’t compare

  13. breee

    December 9, 2009 at 4:20 am

    its a pity nigeria will not take this years crown , she looks average gosh there are several beautiful girls out there and they chose this to represent ? haba! for me the most beautiful african queen is angola the lady in red .

  14. Bola #1

    December 9, 2009 at 4:46 am

    It’ll be nice to see one of the African queens win this- its been a while since Agbani.

    Miss Sierra Leone’s gown is quite creative. Miss Ghana’s and Ms. Tanzania are also nice

  15. Nwuese

    December 9, 2009 at 7:33 am

    Maybe they’ll win when they stop allowing the non-African contestants to have an advantage over them – REAL hair.

  16. beezy

    December 9, 2009 at 7:43 am

    Miss Ghana’s dress is a piece of art….luv the bodice…rily nyc…
    Ms South Africa…wetyn u put for ur belle region so?.its sticking out funny..
    Ms Naija…I’m sorry, but u dont stand a chance!!!!…

  17. jolaoluwa

    December 9, 2009 at 7:50 am

    I want Ms Ethiopia’s hair

  18. jolaoluwa

    December 9, 2009 at 7:53 am

    i really dont know how this MS Nigeria won…She is a very ok looking girl o but she is not pageant material…Modeling yes..but not pageant sturvs

  19. jolaoluwa

    December 9, 2009 at 7:56 am

    haba relax now…she is a living thing you know..how can you refer to her as this?

  20. Nkiru

    December 9, 2009 at 8:50 am

    Ghana is the best out of them all.

  21. cilla

    December 9, 2009 at 9:49 am

    I doubt any of these African beauties have a chance this time. When Agbani Darego won, and the pageant was suppose to take place in Nigeria, but was stopped because of some riot, that will be taken into consideration. Miss Ghana(she’s gorgeous) Miss Ethiopia(she’s cute, hopefully she speaks good English), and Miss Namibia is also cute as well. Miss Sierra leone’s outfit is just too fierce. Mehn, Miss Uganda looks like she’s ready to punch someone in the face, if they don’t give her the crown. I’m sorry, Miss Zambia looks like a tranny. Miss Liberia should have done two things before hitting the runway, use the toilet, and what the heck is she wearing, and change the rags she has on.

  22. BRIDGET OTUBOR

    December 9, 2009 at 9:57 am

    ghana,ethiopia and of course serria leone have the most creative and indigenous styles

  23. austin

    December 9, 2009 at 10:56 am

    If I should say I word here I will say Miss Sierra Leone will win the hold crown why she did some thing that know one seen this miss world started fire is not easy to put on our mount it will hot us buut she did it wow ooh let them give her it will also bring peace in the part of the country through this crown let give her she is thebest this year 2009 she is just lucky

  24. austin

    December 9, 2009 at 10:56 am

    If I should say I word here I will say Miss Sierra Leone will win the hold crown why she did some thing that know one seen this miss world started fire is not easy to put on our mount it will hot us but she did it wow ooh let them give her it will also bring peace in the part of the country through this crown let give her she is thebest this year 2009 she is just lucky

  25. Tess

    December 9, 2009 at 12:02 pm

    miss Angola, Kenya, Swaziland and namibia loog good an d I love miss Ghana’s gown–gorgeous.
    Apart from miss Egypt, the other ladies have …. noses.

  26. Buttermint

    December 9, 2009 at 1:18 pm

    i felt the same way about MS NAIJA too….abeg how did she enter the paegent?

  27. cece

    December 9, 2009 at 3:10 pm

    I think miss sierra leone is going 2 win or at least make it in2 the top three coz she has won like two preliminary events already……..

  28. Noni

    December 9, 2009 at 3:24 pm

    Miss Naija is okay it’s just this pics doesn’t do her justice! And her outfit??? Mba oh! Miss Sierra Leons outfit is really SLAMMING… She desrves this win

  29. cece

    December 9, 2009 at 3:53 pm

    i also love the fat that many of the conteestants used african fabrics. i hate it when they use normal european fabrics as it does not show of the continents best designs or their culture.

  30. Honey-pot

    December 9, 2009 at 4:30 pm

    I like the first two, Miss Angola and Miss Botswana (Miss Angola, needs more workout on her legs to tighten them, they look dimpled). Miss Kenya is a true African dark beauty, look at those white shiny teeth, a little protruding, but spotless and remarkable all the same! She has the forehead of Sasha, President Obama’s first daughter.

    Miss Swaziland is a natural; I can see she is not into the weave-on foolishness. Miss 9ja, girl, you look elegant but not pretty, I know we have better looking babes in the East, did Naija peeps properly search in the East and Delta region that have lots of girls that are prettier? Well, I guess opportunity knocked her door first, best wishes to her.

    Miss Liberia and Miss Zambia need more training on grace and posture. Miss Ghana, nice dress; Miss Zimbabwe too much bling bling keep it simple; Miss Ethiopia looks like she doesn’t wanna there.

  31. Iya2

    December 9, 2009 at 4:47 pm

    They are all beautiful ….

  32. wienna

    December 10, 2009 at 1:00 am

    They all look beautiful. But those who stand out to me are Ghana, Namibia, Angola, Kenya & Ethiopia. Nigeria is beautiful too but that dress looks too plain on her.

  33. Oluwaseun

    December 10, 2009 at 1:49 am

    miss zimbabwe’s outfit is hideous, too over the top, cheap and local, hair and make up inclusive. miss zambia’s outfit makes no sense. miss tanzania is cute but im not feeling the dress. miss nigeria is a shame! and i blame her nigerian guardians, her hair looks like its 4 weeks old, her dress does no justice to her figure, everything about her is just wrong. mama mia! i love miss angola…, was miss bostwana’s dress made from scrap metal?, love miss ghana’s dress, love miss mauritius’ dress and figure

  34. kikelomo

    December 10, 2009 at 9:27 am

    Miss Nigeria looks toooooooooooooo regular

  35. kikelomo

    December 10, 2009 at 9:30 am

    Miss Nigerian looks like a regular naija babe jo!

  36. luvlife

    December 10, 2009 at 5:52 pm

    ah ah, her hair does not look 4 weeks old. I think it should have been a lot more realistic though. These judges know that’s not her real hair, so of course their assessment of her (and others with fake hair) will be skewed. I do think that she is a pretty girl. She appears to have little make up on but her face remains naturally pretty. Bottom line you guys who have liver should compete for MBGN. The Beautiful ones don’t compete abi?

  37. Vivian

    December 11, 2009 at 1:24 am

    Miss Nigeria, Miss Tanzania and Miss Ghana just look like everyday, regular gals, i think Miss S.A would go far. But, seriously we have more beautiful girls in Africa, most of them are not “beauty queens”.

  38. tatafo!

    December 11, 2009 at 7:58 am

    Na lie and you know it lol.

  39. alexander

    December 11, 2009 at 6:38 pm

    All them ladies ‘r super fabolous africa got beauty I luv the dress on miss Libeia she looks goegeous

  40. alexander R.Cooper Jr

    December 11, 2009 at 6:56 pm

    Wow!! Gorgeous ladies am luvin ya all and most especially the dress of miss Ghana, Liberia, and botswana Miss Liberia u looks gr8

  41. Cristie Doe

    December 17, 2009 at 6:54 pm

    I love Miss Liberia

  42. NotNaija

    January 5, 2010 at 11:22 pm

    I m told that i look like Miss Liberia but a darker version which i was very upset at because i thought she was the less attractive of them all. Ain’t that a shame! Lolllllllll

  43. yaya

    January 30, 2010 at 8:38 am

    I believe you ar jealous so on behave of Miss Liberia i take that as a compliment.

  44. miss K

    February 24, 2012 at 7:01 am

    Miss Liberia what happened? you look like cinderella before the ball! it’s a shame she looks so disoriented, and her dress looks not put together properly… gosh there are so many beautiful women from LIB with a great since of fashion and poise what happened?? poor girl hopefully she pulls it together for the speaking segments.

  45. Laurita

    January 7, 2013 at 10:26 pm

    Were their not a good designer to design your cloth miss nigeria bt you tried i recomend you

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