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These Girls are on FIRE! Presenting the African Beauties at the 2012 Miss Universe | View the New Glam Shots & Find Out More About the Queens on BN



The 2012 Miss Universe pageant finale is just a few days away! On Wednesday 19th December 2012, the winner will be revealed…will it be any one of these African Queens?
BellaNaija revealed the ladies representing African nations at this year’s pageant; now we get to take another look at them all dolled up for their glamorous Miss Universe official photoshoot.

Of all the girls, the South African contestant seems to be the leading African queen based on feedback from international beauty pageant analysts including the renowned Global Beauties website.

Nigeria, Angola, Botswana, Ethiopia, Gabon, Ghana, Mauritius, Namibia, South Africa and Tanzania are represented! No Canada hasn’t shifted from North America to Africa, however, Miss Canada was born in Ghana to Ghanaian parents so check her out as well.

The new photos definitely give us a new view from the previous shots! So who’s your fave this time?


HOMETOWN: Cross River State
AGE: 26
Isabella Agbor Ojong Ayuk was raised in Ikom Lacal Government Area of the Cross River State known as a largely agricultural area. Being raised by a widowed mother, Isabella has a passion for working with women suffering similar life situations. She would love to work to create small-scale businesses to help raise money for scholarships for their children, home renovations and other basic needs.

I want the judges to know that determination brought me this far and that I have learned to never give up in life.


  1. Isabella loves to cook.
  2. Isabella admires Angelina Jolie for her humanitarian services.
  3. Isabella is currently in the National Youth Service Corp in Nigeria.



AGE: 22
Marcelina Vahekeni grew up in a humble village in the South of Angola. She had a very happy childhood, despite the political tensions in her country at the time. Her biggest interest is cooking. Currently, Marcelina works in social work, but dreams of one day opening her own cosmetic company.

I believe that the most important aspects in life are to be humble, open to learning from others, and always keeping in mind that everything starts at home.


  1. If Marcelina could meet any celebrity, it would be Michelle Obama as she admires her.
  2. The person who has most influenced Marcelina’s life is her mother.
  3. Marcelina’s most prized possession is a pair of shoes her father gave her from Russia.



HOMETOWN: Gaborone
AGE: 19
Sheillah Molelekwa was raised in a small village by her grandmother. Eventually, she moved in with her mother in Gaborone. Sheillah likes to spend her free time reading, swimming, drawing and singing. She is most passionate about helping others around her, and is always looking to participate in ways through which she can benefit those in need. Currently, Sheillah is studying Accounting at Botho Colloege in the capital of Botswana. With this degree, Sheillah hopes to become an auditor at a national bank.

All my life I want to be able to give back to the community in every way possible.


  1. If Sheillah could meet any celebrity, it would be Russell Simmons.
  2. Sheillah’s most treasured possession is her Bible.
  3. If Sheillah were to win the lottery, she would use her earnings to build a cancer hospital in her home country.



HOMETOWN: Addis Ababa
AGE: 22
Helen Getachew grew up in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, where she had a very spiritual upbringing. She enjoys reading the Bible, spending time with family and friends at the cafe, and studying fashion. Helen hopes to one day be involved in working with organizations that help the poor, especially children. Currently, she is employed with Unilever in their Promotions department.

I would enjoy working for a nonprofit organization, but my dream in life is to create one myself.


  1. Helen enjoys decorating and making things beautiful.
  2. Helen thinks that the biggest problem facing the world today is food shortage.
  3. If Helen could meet any celebrity, it would be Liya Kebede because of her work with UNICEF.



AGE: 21
Channa Divouvi was raised in the modest neighborhood of Libreville. Her hobbies include cooking, reading, and shopping. Raised by a mother who is blind, her dream job is to own her own association that helps the visually impaired in her country. She would also like to start a cosmetic company that caters to women of color.

My mother’s positive attitude throughout all challenges gives me a different perspective in life.


  1. Channa collects seashells and she likes to use them to make decorations.
  2. Channa hopes to utilize her platform as a titleholder in order to help those less fortunate.
  3. One time Channa helped a woman deliver a baby in her car.



AGE: 24
Gifty Ofori grew up in the suburbs of Accra, the capital city of Ghana, in a household where discipline, hard work, and achievement were always emphasized. Quite the tomboy, She would often be found playing outside with her siblings and friends. Her interests include gardening, nature, and travel. Currently, Gifty works as a registered nurse and hopes to one day become a doctor.

I pursue every goal and opportunity presented to me with passion.


  1. Gifty collects pebbles gathered from along the coast of Ghana and other West African beaches.
  2. Gifty’s dream job is to become a medical journalist on an international news network.
  3. Gifty once helped delivered a baby on the side of a road when she was a first-year nursing student.



HOMETOWN: Curepipe
AGE: 26
Ameeksha grew up in Curepipe, Mauritius, which is situated on the central plateau of the island. During her college years, she played soccer on her college team for 6 years. Ameeksha has a law degree and would like to later go on to become a politician. She will soon start concentrating on her Bar Vocational Practice to become a barrister to serve her nation. Ameeksha’s dream is to eventually work as either a Minister of Education or Minister of Sports & Leisure for her home country of Mauritius.

If we start right now by giving a hand to the needy person next to us, we will be heading towards a better future both economically and socially.


  1. Ameeksha would love to meet the Manchester United Footballer Luis Nani.
  2. Ameeksha was not a girly girl growing up; she played soccer throughout her childhood.
  3. One of Ameeksha’s most unusual jobs was predicting horoscopes via text messages.



HOMETOWN: Windhoek
AGE: 22
Sakana Nkandih hopes to one day become the first female President of Namibia, because, through this role, she would be able to battle her country’s internal socio-economic issues and strive to empower women. Her strongest passion is reading. She also enjoys volunteering with animals and gardening. Currently, she is attending The University of Namibia in order to gain a degree in Public Management.

As a politician, I could be an asset to the cause of the people of my country and their rights…something that is very close to my heart.


  1. Tsakana’s most interesting job was working at a local old age home.
  2. Tsakana’s most treasured possession is her Bible.
  3. Tsakana believes that the biggest problem facing the world today is the rapid climate change.



HOMETOWN: Pretoria
AGE: 23
Melinda Bam was born and raised in picturesque Pretoria, South Africa. She graduated from the University of Pretoria, South Africa with a degree in Marketing and Communications Management. Melinda has a wide variety of hobbies through which she maintains a strong balance between sports and art. She aspires to one day start an internal marketing agency that would focus on corporate culture and business psychology.

Defying the stigma that beauty queens are only pretty faces exhilarates me.


  1. Melinda has designed her own swimwear collection called Bambshell.
  2. Melinda is a professional painter and artist in medium acrylic, oil and graphite.
  3. In 2007, Melinda co-wrote a book with her mother and sister that has been published.



HOMETOWN: Dar Es Salaam
AGE: 19
Winfrida Dominic moved all around her country of Tanzania throughout her childhood, experiencing different cultures and tradition everywhere she went. Growing up, her schools taught many of the traditional dances of Tanzania, a country with more than 100 different ethnic groups. Winifrida is currently studying History, Geography, and English, in hopes of becoming an Ambassador for her country in the future and engaging in charity work.

I know how often at a young age, we are told that many of our dreams are not possible, that we are not good enough or pretty enough. I want my success the shared story for all of those who were told ‘No.’


  1. Winifrida’s most recently acquired hobby is netball.
  2. Winifrida collects pebbles from all of the different places she travels.
  3. The person who has most influenced Winifrida’s life is her father.



AGE: 26
Adwoa Yamoah was born in Ghana, Accra and immigrated to Canada, where her and her family eventually settled down in Calgary. Adwoa’s biggest passion in life is dancing, an art she has been partaking in throughout most of her life. Adwoa’s other significant pastimes include reading nonfiction books and indulging in cultural arts such as plays and museums. Adwoa has a degree in Marketing Management and now works for a media entertainment company in her home city of Calgary.

My life motto is ‘Always stand for something because if you don’t, you’ll fall for anything.


  1. Adwoa used to be a cheerleader for the Canadian Football League, and was once accidentally tackled by three players.
  2. Adwoa’s most unusual job was working as a DJ.
  3. One day Adwoa hopes to open an international Advertising Agency that strongly focuses on interactive media.

Photo Credit: Miss Universe



    December 12, 2012 at 8:23 am

    Miss Tanzania is my fave. Miss Nigeria aint bad either

    • jay

      December 12, 2012 at 10:00 am

      ohhhhhh……….where’s the like button???…..pls help click it when u see it k?

    • dee

      December 13, 2012 at 1:03 am

      Tanazania… yes. Nigeria, for where….

  2. Bamzi

    December 12, 2012 at 8:26 am

    Photoshop is a murther… I didn’t even recognize Isabella ayuk. Ms. Ethiopia pls eat a burger already.

    • skinnygirl

      December 12, 2012 at 3:28 pm

      Please, some people are naturally thin!!!! learn to deal with it… a 100 burgers wont increase our waist line…

    • R

      December 13, 2012 at 4:39 am

      As in. This topic is tiring

  3. eva

    December 12, 2012 at 8:39 am

    I Love all their their glam shot . My favourites are Nigeria, Ghana, Angola Namibia and Tanzania. They are all beautiful.

  4. Camron

    December 12, 2012 at 8:50 am

    That Isabella is a Cameroonian and from my vilage

    • li

      December 12, 2012 at 3:01 pm

      I know right?? She’s a bayangi girl!

    • Anonymous

      December 12, 2012 at 5:22 pm

      Is Effraya in Etung LGA now part of Cameroon?

  5. Camron

    December 12, 2012 at 8:54 am

    Miss Ethipia, haba!!!!!! are u under hunger strike???? biko eat some pounded yam to get weight. ur waist doesnt really move me

  6. Ginika

    December 12, 2012 at 9:09 am

    Miss Angola (her dress and hair makes her look like a beauty queen)
    Miss South Africa – Gorg: Beauty and brains
    Miss Namibia – she looks beautiful

    Miss Bots – the make up, the outfit, the weave, who did them?

    • Ginika

      December 12, 2012 at 9:11 am

      Miss Ts dress, I like on her.

  7. divea

    December 12, 2012 at 9:24 am

    my fave is miss Tanzania…

  8. diamond

    December 12, 2012 at 9:30 am

    Tanzania, Mauritus are my favorites. Didnt recognise our very own Isabella Ayuk. She too looks ggod

  9. shamz

    December 12, 2012 at 9:42 am

    Miss Tanzania is stands out- hair and dress.

  10. huh?

    December 12, 2012 at 9:54 am

    Photoshop the hell out of me,dunno anymore…but these girls gather boobs sha..wowww

  11. Giver

    December 12, 2012 at 10:03 am

    Girls from SADC Region-South Africa,Botswana,Namibia and East Africa Tanzania are the best but all the africans this year are ALL good.Botswana your figure kills me- Beautiful.

  12. bunmi

    December 12, 2012 at 10:03 am

    miss tanzania

  13. DeeboJ

    December 12, 2012 at 10:08 am

    How come they all look so eurocentric, light skinned and fake long hair? These do not represent the diversity of African beauty. I want to see more dark skinned sisters. Way to go TZ and GH?

    • Ginika

      December 12, 2012 at 12:09 pm

      Even the Caucasian ladies have extensions put in, some fake boobs, tanned, some fake teeth- it is a world of fake it to make it!

    • xxx

      December 12, 2012 at 12:39 pm

      LIght skinned??!! Where?! I counted 9 dark skinned girls, 1 Arab looking girl, 1 white South African and 1 Ethiopian. DIdn’t see any regular caramel or light skinned girls so we must not be looking at the same photos, I guess until they disappear at night they aren’t dark skinned abi? If you take your attention away from the over done indoor photographs there are nine chocolate ladies

    • xxx

      December 12, 2012 at 12:43 pm

      Forgive my math: 8…

  14. Homely

    December 12, 2012 at 10:53 am

    My fave is Miss Tanzania and 2nd choice is Miss Namibia

    • jyde

      December 12, 2012 at 1:43 pm

      Dont let me an you fight O. Ive chosen them b4 you joor.

  15. Ella

    December 12, 2012 at 11:01 am

    Pweety ladies, my fave is Winfrida.

  16. nene

    December 12, 2012 at 11:34 am

    only south africa, namibia, tanzania and angola look good. the rest are ugly.

  17. Inebaby

    December 12, 2012 at 11:58 am

    wow! Miss Tanzania just took my breathe away with her beauty! She is my favorite!

  18. babe

    December 12, 2012 at 12:04 pm

    photoshop can be so wicked at times!!! miss tanzania is beautiful and natural .#meLikey#

  19. babe

    December 12, 2012 at 12:05 pm

    namibia is lovely as well

  20. Fabulous£££

    December 12, 2012 at 12:14 pm

    Miss Tanzania!!!!

  21. ejogene

    December 12, 2012 at 12:34 pm

    Miss Tanzania all the way. They are all beautiful

  22. Rangio

    December 12, 2012 at 1:12 pm

    Miss Tanzania Pure Natural Beauty representing African.

  23. linsey

    December 12, 2012 at 1:13 pm

    Miss Tanzania Miss South Africa Miss Namibia

  24. mfon

    December 12, 2012 at 1:33 pm

    My Favourites are Angola and Tanzania….

  25. Ennie

    December 12, 2012 at 1:39 pm

    With all of the photo-shopping and airbrushing, they all look absolutely breath-taking…. Cant’s say the same for Canada sha

  26. jyde

    December 12, 2012 at 1:40 pm

    Even my computer sef cant decide.What chance do i have?
    Woman dey for this our africa O.
    E GBAMI. E pass beauty sef. A nd women wonder why men are greedy.
    Try living in our shoes,its not easy.
    That must sound bad,but im being honest.
    I vote for everyone joor,my computer needs upgrade,smoke is comin out.
    Africa good O. Ontop all the hardship we have our compensations.
    Im going to e-mail the other contestants and tell them not to bother turn up.

    • Jayne

      December 12, 2012 at 9:54 pm

      You are hilarious I swear. You are those kind of posh guys, who are secretly aje pako within, or better still, who secretly want to act out razz, even for a few moments. To escape their perfect posh lifestyle and be real or at least normal. Since your environment won’t let you, so you have found your outlet in BN. I’ve seen your comments on other posts. Well done Jide. Hugs, hugs. I’m happy you found your outlet. From one princess to another (ajebo prince), I feel you 100%. Generations of breeding have wound me up tight and proper, I can’t even hide behind my laptop and display razzness. Lol. I read your comment on the Break Up post, and I swear, I’m halfway in love with you already. I only know a few Nigerian men, who can articulate such a dicey issue so well and so rational. It had me going WOW, I like how his brain works, there’s still hope. Carry on your gutter talk bro, its entertaining. LOL

    • Jayne

      December 12, 2012 at 10:12 pm

      Sorry, I meant your post on the How soon do you Unveil Le Lover to the World. Nice comment.

    • jyde

      December 13, 2012 at 3:39 pm

      My dearest sister,i feel u .At last someone get it too.No be suffer dey kill me na frustration at our fakeness and complete contempt of those light years worse off than us,We wey get sound education,home training,and privilage still moan.At what?Thank god for B.N.
      Some folks just dont get it.Look how far we have come,nijah is buzzin an yet some people still dey find fault.
      Im feelin u too sis. love jideX.

    • jyde

      December 13, 2012 at 6:39 pm

      Some kids beaten for playin with other kids coz they lacked shoes, tend to grow up
      rejecting the idea of class structure.Stupid but 4nijah u spend as u see fit.
      Im going to catch us a magnificent grasscutter for our first pepper soup outing.
      Then make u a fine necklace with its teeth.
      Who said romance don die.
      No be 4dis nijah o. love ya sis.XXX

  27. jyde

    December 12, 2012 at 1:44 pm

    Dont let me an you fight O. Ive chosen them b4 you joor. Hands off.

  28. meeeee

    December 12, 2012 at 1:50 pm

    Tanzania is gorgeous…. easily beats them all even with no hair.
    Namibia is fine, Mauritius and Ethipia as well.
    South Africa look masculine, quite average.

    Canada, seriously??!!

  29. 100% babe

    December 12, 2012 at 1:59 pm

    Miss Tanzania rocks!!!

  30. Dimz

    December 12, 2012 at 2:26 pm

    Namabia! Tanzania!!! the Nigerian girl looks funny…….

  31. Eugenia

    December 12, 2012 at 3:01 pm

    i love miss TANZANIA!!!

  32. rop

    December 12, 2012 at 4:21 pm

    A lot of us say the most hurtful things…These ladies are beautiful in one way or the other and have been given choice to represent their various countries. Kudos to them…

  33. brittany

    December 12, 2012 at 4:27 pm

    photoshop is sooo good..I have to learn!

  34. ThatTambar

    December 12, 2012 at 5:44 pm

    Tanzania hands down!! South Africa has that confidence in her pictures, she got it! As for Canada sha…well, beauty is the eye of the blah blah blah

    • dee

      December 13, 2012 at 1:03 am


  35. ao

    December 12, 2012 at 6:58 pm

    I have to commend Angola for consistently sending pageant quality young women to these competition. If one reviews the candidates that Angola has sent over the last six or so years, you will agree. Another thing is that Angola is unashamed to send in chocolate-skinned candidates along with the light-skinned ones.

    • meeeee

      December 13, 2012 at 12:43 am

      I agree, unlike south africa who keepingg sending white women. Why on earth is a full white woman miss south africa?

    • Eddy

      December 14, 2012 at 7:00 pm

      Not all Africans are black. Thought we all knew/agreed to accept that by now. We need to move from this you-need-to-be-black-to-be-African mentality. When Europeans do it it’s called “Eurocentricism” and it’s “wrong”.

      But there’s ABSOLUTELY nothing wrong about Africans being Afrocentric. Alie?

  36. Trendysturvs

    December 12, 2012 at 9:39 pm

    Lovely ladies, I wish them the best

  37. sssss

    December 12, 2012 at 10:05 pm

    For once Africa is sending real beauty

  38. noni

    December 12, 2012 at 11:04 pm

    abeg help a sister…how do this girls do their eye brows. they look perfect

  39. Soraya

    December 13, 2012 at 1:03 am

    My views

    Angola- there is a lot of pressure to perform but I think she could struggle
    Botswana- another who could struggle- have not placed in top 10 since Mpule won
    Ethiopia- I am not convinced about this girl- she is way too skinny
    Gabon- wow factor- very pretty- will she land a top 16 spot? Will have to wait and see
    Ghana- she could struggle- she has been inconsistent so far
    Mauritius- last year’s winner was way way better than this Viveka
    Namibia- very pretty but I can’t really feel her- something is missing somewhere
    Nigeria- could struggle- Damiete would have been the better representative
    South Africa- could Africa produce another Miss Universe? She is the favourite to win
    Tanzania- very interesting candidate, would love to see her land a top 16 spot
    Canada- I don’t get her=she looks like a drag queen for my liking and ill fitting dress too

  40. KingsQueen

    December 13, 2012 at 1:12 am

    Ms. Tanzania is GORG!!!

  41. Ikunkun

    December 13, 2012 at 2:03 am

    Least favs are South Africa just cos shee white(Yup, Am having a racist day)….and Nigeria too cos I know she really aiint all that….She got the hook up form photoshop though, she gatz send them her next tithe!!….Angola and Tanzania should do well, they faine!!

  42. R

    December 13, 2012 at 4:41 am

    African queens!!!
    Angola stays slaying.
    Our Nigerian queen looks on point, interesting that she’s currently serving

  43. dee

    December 13, 2012 at 4:49 am

    see breasts!!!!! lol

  44. L.A Chick

    December 13, 2012 at 7:07 am


  45. Anthonia

    December 13, 2012 at 2:30 pm

    Miss Nigeria is ENDOWED! Epitome of BEAUTY!! U are the best… U deserve d CROWN** TANZANIA is not looking bad as well

  46. babious

    December 13, 2012 at 2:39 pm

    TANZANIA!!! Now dats a model! dat naija babe got some goodies on her,not bad either. b ut TANZANIA,DAT DRESS is a winner.

  47. HRS

    December 14, 2012 at 7:56 am

    Namibia, Tanzania, Nigeria, Angola, Mauritius & South Africa, in this particular order 😉 Lovely ladies…

    Ethiopia, needs a month of food, mehn, her bikini pose makes her look like an malnourished, 4 months pregnant lady….
    Ghana,….. not bad…..
    Gabon, ditch the fake smile, in the first pix, looks better in the pix with the dinner wear…
    Botswana, that make up, mtcheeeew, the pix with d dinner wear…… no make am….
    Canada, go back home bikonu, fake smile, and the rest, u get shape though 🙂

    • Scarlet Xianne

      December 14, 2012 at 2:02 pm

      To me o…..Miss Ethiopia looks like she’s had a baby……her tummy. Not saying there’s anything wrong with that, and I may be well off my rockers.

  48. yeyen

    December 14, 2012 at 4:43 pm

    Miss Tanzania, Miss Namibia and Miss Gabon!

  49. Creamy_Amie

    December 14, 2012 at 6:55 pm

    Miss Tanzania rocks for me, besides all d gurls are beautiful in their own way.

  50. eva

    December 15, 2012 at 6:44 am

    After watching the preliminaries. Its South Africa and Tanzania, Angola coming third for Africa

  51. Soraya

    December 15, 2012 at 7:34 pm

    Having watching the preliminaries, all I have to say is that as predicted, Isabella is a complete disaster- in the swimsuit, she looked totally out of shape; her evening gown was terrible and what was all that about in the national costume competition

  52. Soraya shut up

    December 17, 2012 at 10:13 pm

    Issabel is beautiful and if ur any better y didn’t u go. Nnamicot

  53. Myladymo

    December 24, 2012 at 5:56 pm

    Damn miss canada scared the hell out of me with that first pic,that makeup,hair everything is a mess…really though?i liked tanzania too and ghana

  54. mizzy

    January 15, 2013 at 2:55 am


  55. dan chris

    November 18, 2013 at 1:23 pm

    good and nice. love to have one of you.

  56. dan chris

    November 18, 2013 at 1:34 pm

    nice 1. wiah to have one of u


    June 11, 2014 at 7:52 pm


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