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Good afternoon BellaNaijarians, I hope you all are having a splendid Sunday.

Just in case the weather isn’t hot where you are, turn on the air conditioner, because we are about to bring the heat.

Last month (yeah we are in November), BellaNaija Beauty brought you all the glam shots of the 2013 Miss Universe African contestants. From the smoking HOT bikini shots to the alluring evening wear photos. (ICYMI, click here)

The finale will take place on Saturday 9th November 2013 at the Crocus City Hall, Moscow, Russia. Just before the grand end, check out the beauty queens posing with their national flags (which some aren’t posing with – Botswana, Nigeria, and Tanzania) as well as photos of them at the National Gift Auction event.

You are also going to love the Truth or Dare video of the finalists.
Enjoy!
Miss Universe Angola - November 2013 - BellaNaija 01

Angola
Name: Vaumara Rebelo
Age: 22
Hometown: Luanda
Height: 5 ft 8 in
Bio
Vaumara Rebelo has a passion for travel, tennis and photography. An avid reader, she has a library of over 70 novels and hopes to work with children in the future. During past jobs, Vaumara created an educational cartoon for children in her country and hosted a Hip-Hop and R&B radio show.
In her own words
Angola is a place that is rich in culture and beauty; its people truly know its history.
Fun Facts

  1. Vaumara has an obsession with buying books. She once bought 21 online books in less than one hour.
  2. Vaumara considers herself a nationalist.
  3. Vaumara is skilled in motivational speaking.

Countries of the world

Miss Universe Angola - November 2013 - BellaNaija 02

National Gift Auction
Miss Universe Angola - November 2013 - BellaNaija 03

Truth & Dare Video

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Miss Universe Botswana - November 2013 - BellaNaija 01

Botswana
Name: Tsaone Macheng
Age: 19
Hometown: Nshagashogwe
Height: 5 ft 4 in
Bio
Tsaone Macheng is currently studying fine arts at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University in South Africa. She enjoys traveling, singing and art, and has been playing the marimba, a wooden percussion instrument, and painting since grade school. At a young age, her father instilled in her the value of hard work, which she strives to live by in her everyday life.
In her own words
No living thing exists in isolation. A little empathy can go a long way.
Fun Facts

  1. Tsaone played hockey and baseball for three years.
  2. Tsaone collects handwritten mail and loves writing letters to her loved ones.
  3. If Tsaone could meet any celebrity it would be Chaka Khan.

Countries of the world
Miss Universe Botswana - November 2013 - BellaNaija 02

National Gift Auction
Miss Universe Botswana - November 2013 - BellaNaija 03

Truth & Dare Video

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Miss Universe Ethiopia - November 2013 - BellaNaija 01

Ethiopia
Name: Mhadere Tigabe
Age: 21
Hometown: Addis Ababa
Height: 5 ft 11 in
Bio
Mhadere Tigabe is a mechanical engineering student at Mekelle University in Ethiopia. Some of her hobbies include: reading, gardening and tutoring children from unprivileged areas. She loves to watch documentaries and hopes to one day influence people in a positive way.
In her own words
I believe my father equipped me with all the life lessons that allowed me to become independent, powerful, self-confident and educated.
Fun Facts

  1. Mhadere has a black in taekwondo, a sport she has been practicing for five years.
  2. Mhadere practiced traditional Eskesta dance when she was in high school.
  3. Mhadere has a collection of stamps from her many traveling excursions.

Countries of the world
Miss Universe Ethiopia - November 2013 - BellaNaija 02

National Gift Auction
Miss Universe Ethiopia - November 2013 - BellaNaija 03

Truth & Dare Video

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Miss Universe Gabon - November 2013 - BellaNaija 01

Gabon
Name: Jennifer Ondo
Age: 21
Hometown: Moanda
Height: 5 ft 9 in
Bio
Jennifer Ondo grew up on a farm in Bidougui Village with her grandmother, where she learned how to raise crops, catch fish, dance and sing. She has a passion for philanthropy, and is most interested in advocating for women and providing aid to the homeless. Jennifer currently studies at Santa Monica College and serves as the National Representative for the Miss Universe Gabon National Committee.
In her own words
My role model is Madame Malika Bongo, the president of the Miss Universe Gabon National Committee, because she helped me realize my dreams and taught me the value of giving back to my community.
Fun Facts

  1. If Jennifer could meet any famous person, it would be the United States President Barack Obama.
  2. Jennifer’s dream job is to be president of the Constitutional Court.
  3. Jennifer’s favorite native dish is Feuilles de Manioc, a cassava leaf prepared with peanut butter and served with smoked fish.

Countries of the world
Miss Universe Gabon - November 2013 - BellaNaija 02
National Gift Auction
Miss Universe Gabon - November 2013 - BellaNaija 03
Truth & Dare Video

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Miss Universe Ghana - November 2013 - BellaNaija 01

Ghana
Name: Hanniel Jamin
Age: 19
Hometown: Accra
Height: 5 ft 8 in
Bio
Hanniel Jamin was born in Ghana, but moved to Nigeria when she was a young girl. She recently graduated from Senior Secondary School and says that education has always been a high priority in her life. Through her schooling, Hanniel developed a passion for singing and still takes voice lessons to this day.
In her own words
Ghana is the gateway to Africa.
Fun Facts

  1. Hanniel aspires to become a professional singer.
  2. Hanniel’s favorite meal is fried chicken and jollof rice.
  3. Hanniel hardly wears any other shoes besides heels.

Countries of the world
Miss Universe Ghana - November 2013 - BellaNaija 02
National Gift Auction
Miss Universe Ghana - November 2013 - BellaNaija 03
Truth & Dare Video

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Miss Universe Mauritius - November 2013 - BellaNaija 01

Mauritius
Name: Diya Beeltah
Age: 25
Hometown: City Quatre-Bornes
Height: 5 ft 8 in
Bio
Diya Beeltah is a Research Analyst at The Mauritius Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Diya’s dream is to become an important professional decision maker for her country. She enjoys playing badminton and cites her mother’s lap as the most comfortable and peaceful place on Earth.
In her own words
Solving the social issues that exist in the world today is not going to be easy, but I still firmly believe that addressing poverty, providing the right education and instilling proper values would be a good start.
Fun Facts

  1. Diya was born on 8-08-1988, which in some cultures is considered to be a sign of luck.
  2. Aside from practicing yoga and meditation, one of Diya’s beauty secrets is that she prepares her own homemade natural beauty creams and products.
  3. Some of Diya’s hidden talents include: singing and playing the Veena, one of the oldest string instruments in Indian music!

Countries of the world
Miss Universe Mauritius - November 2013 - BellaNaija 02
Truth & Dare Video

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Miss Universe Namibia - November 2013 - BellaNaija 01

Namibia
Name: Paulina Malulu
Age: 24
Hometown: Windhoek
Height: 5 ft 7 in
Bio
Paulina Maluiu is a health and skin care therapist currently pursuing studies in productivity. She aspires to open a chain of spas in Namibia one day. In her spare time, Paulina enjoys spending time with her family, traveling and crafting.
In her own words
I am a woman. You cannot break me. You can only mold me.
Fun Facts

  1. Paulina earned the Best Young Woman Entrepreneur award.
  2. Paulina was offered a job to be the first female tour guide for the Namibia Wildlife Resorts.
  3. Paulina founded the Dingi Community Programme in 2010, which aims to unify and celebrate the talents of beauty queens.

Countries of the world
Miss Universe Namibia - November 2013 - BellaNaija 02
National Gift Auction
Miss Universe Namibia - November 2013 - BellaNaija 03
Truth & Dare Video

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Miss Universe Nigeria - November 2013 - BellaNaija 01

Nigeria
Name: Stephanie Okwu
Age: 19
Hometown: Imo
Height: 6 ft 1 in
Bio
Stephanie Okwu is studying science and technology education and is interested in motivational speaking, dancing and modeling. She has a passion for philanthropy, and is working with the Nigerian Drug Law Enforcement Agency to help prevent drug and alcohol abuse.
In her own words
Everything works together in the end for my own good.
Fun Facts

  1. Stephanie loves making people laugh.
  2. Stephanie once went canoeing in Lake Efi, Nigeria, where she rowed next to crocidiles.
  3. Whenever she has spare time, Stephanie enjoys watching movies

Countries of the world
Miss Universe Nigeria - November 2013 - BellaNaija 02
Truth & Dare Video

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Miss Universe South Africa - November 2013 - BellaNaija 01

South Africa
Name: Marilyn Ramos
Age: 22
Hometown: Klerksdorp
Height: 5 ft 9 in
Bio
Marilyn Ramos is currently studying landscape design and architecture at Inscape Design College in Pretoria, South Africa, and dreams of opening her own fitness and wellness center. Although she considers herself a “girlie-girl,” she has a love for the outdoors, hockey, swimming and horseback riding. In the last year, Marilyn has spent much of her time doing charity work to help improve the lives of children in her community and hopes to help spread the message of healthy living.
In her own words
I seek God’s purpose in everything I do. It influences my outlook and dreams, and gives me personal strength.
Fun Facts

  1. Marilyn once bungee jumped from Bloukrans Bridge in West Cape, South Africa, the highest bridge in the world.
  2. Marilyn has drank over 400 Red Bulls during this year alone, and has collected each bottle cap.
  3. Marilyn works closely with the Elandela Rhino Survivor Trust to prevent rhinoceros poaching, a cause close to her heart.

Countries of the world
Miss Universe South Africa - November 2013 - BellaNaija 02
National Gift Auction
Miss Universe South Africa - November 2013 - BellaNaija 03
Truth & Dare Video

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Miss Universe Tanzania - November 2013 - BellaNaija 01

Tanzania
Name: Betty Omara Boniphace
Age: 20
Hometown: Dar Es Salaam
Height: 5 ft 8 in
Bio
Betty Omara currently works as a model, but has dreams of becoming a journalist and reporting on international affairs. A born leader full of energy and determination, Betty has a passion for philanthropy and helping others.
In her own words
Every morning when I wake up, I feel so grateful that I can do the things I love. Quate
Fun Facts

  1. Betty’s hidden talent is singing, but she refuses to sing out loud in front of others.
  2. Betty’s favorite place in the world is Tanzania, where she is surrounded by all her friends and family.
  3. Betty has been a runner since grade school.

Countries of the world
Miss Universe Tanzania - November 2013 - BellaNaija 02
National Gift Auction
Miss Universe Tanzania - November 2013 - BellaNaija 03
Truth & Dare Video

Credits: Miss Universe

32 Comments

  1. Saah Adebayo

    November 3, 2013 at 12:52 pm

    They are all beautiful! Good luck to you all

  2. eby

    November 3, 2013 at 1:09 pm

    aprt frm stephanie’s height, i dont see any thing of grt substance in her personality

    • Ayishaa

      November 3, 2013 at 3:03 pm

      Hmmm, have u had a chat with her before cos am wondering how u measured substance in her personality by just looking at her picture.

  3. SassyDiva

    November 3, 2013 at 1:50 pm

    Madam Nigeria why the six bundle of ghost hair. haba! Me no
    like at all.

  4. Soraya

    November 3, 2013 at 2:58 pm

    South Africa appears to be better prepared than the other African contestants. Ethiopia is a bit overweight and untoned as far as Miss Universe is concerned. I love Ghana’s sparkling personality and beautiful figure. As for Nigeria, I can’t see any stage presence there but hope she can prove me wrong. My money is on Tanzania and South Africa

  5. Lily

    November 3, 2013 at 3:54 pm

    Dis naija gal dey fall my hand, I don dey vote for her since but she no pose with our flag. I pass

  6. OXTONY

    November 3, 2013 at 4:18 pm

    wow Ghana n naija dark n beautiful.

  7. D'Mamma

    November 3, 2013 at 4:21 pm

    Biko when did height become a part of one’s personality? #seriouslyWondering

  8. LOVETH

    November 3, 2013 at 4:33 pm

    This ladies are hot with a purpose, they hot die choi! slim and sexy babes.

  9. timi

    November 3, 2013 at 5:21 pm

    I hope stephanie okwu is not going into the competition with that rag on her head.Her natural hair would have worked better because she has such strong facial features. If she has to go in with that hair you better wear it up.

  10. http://africansweetheart.blogspot.co.uk/

    November 3, 2013 at 5:29 pm

    Nice.

    africansweetheart.blogspot.co.uk/

  11. iba

    November 3, 2013 at 5:46 pm

    lol she burst the balloon. go girl lol

  12. kristal

    November 3, 2013 at 5:48 pm

    Gosh! Some people eh! Always finding faults,
    Stephanie is beautiful and she speaks well.

    • nat

      November 6, 2013 at 3:07 am

      I agree

  13. anonymous

    November 3, 2013 at 7:32 pm

    Omg! D Mauritius gurl is hot die…d nigerian girl also…

  14. Leah

    November 3, 2013 at 7:50 pm

    Miss Tanzania is a knock out! And frankly they all are beautiful, but why the huge ugly hair? Those things are so huge, dirty and rough and makes some of these beautiful women looking like drags

  15. MyView

    November 3, 2013 at 8:58 pm

    Stephanie is not bad at all, but Angola and Tanzania are
    really gorgeous.

  16. Strawberrycandy

    November 3, 2013 at 10:41 pm

    Stephanie is a good candidate, she just needs to work on her confidence. It’s sad she couldn’t describe herself with three words briskly. You have to be bold girl!

    • nat

      November 6, 2013 at 3:10 am

      She was having fun with the question. She strikes me as a
      playful person. Try to read people.

  17. Linda

    November 4, 2013 at 2:29 am

    Nice Bella

  18. Linda

    November 4, 2013 at 2:30 am

    Nice Bella nie is a good candidate, she just needs to work on her confidence. It’s sad she couldn’t describe herself with three words briskly. You have to be bold girl!

  19. Linda

    November 4, 2013 at 2:31 am

    ok good nie is a good candidate, she just needs to work on her confidence. It’s sad she couldn’t describe herself with three words briskly. You have to be bold girl!

  20. mofe

    November 4, 2013 at 1:55 pm

    one word…beautiful…

  21. merci

    November 4, 2013 at 4:27 pm

    up Nigeria! i believe in you to reach top 10

  22. anon

    November 4, 2013 at 5:27 pm

    The best looking are Angola and South Africa + they have the most interesting bios out of the lot. Nigeria…ermmm….not so much. She sounds pretty empty to me.

  23. bob

    November 5, 2013 at 3:54 am

    Hello, Tanzania for the win!

  24. SEE

    November 5, 2013 at 1:00 pm

    IM NOT HAPPY/IMPRESSED THERE ARE FINER ETHOPIAN GIRLS THAN THIS THEIR REPRESENTATIVE. MIS NAMIBIA NO COMMENT. AS FOR THIS MISS TANZANIA Y WONT HER FACE BE LIKE THIS WHEN HER NAME IS “BONIPHACE”

    • nat

      November 6, 2013 at 3:13 am

      I had a similar thought about Ethiopia

  25. LOVETH

    November 5, 2013 at 8:10 pm

    I just finished wathing the preliminary competition i must say stephanie is da…BOMB! that babe is hot am really impressed with her performance she did very i hope she gets to top 15.

  26. LOVETH

    November 5, 2013 at 8:11 pm

    I just finished watching the preliminary competition i must say stephanie is da…BOMB! that babe is hot am really impressed with her performance she did very i hope she gets to top 15.

  27. Alero mii

    November 6, 2013 at 3:59 pm

    My money on Tanzania but my heart and prayers are with Nigeria…. Patriotism!

  28. Omega Female

    November 7, 2013 at 7:15 am

    If you people read people well, you’ll know Stephanie is a fun, playful, witty person. And as for her not being able to describe herself briskly, it’s probably because there are so many good things about her that she could say and she couldn’t choose quickly. I love her! For the first time in a long time Nigeria sent a good candidate. I see a lot of Agbani in her (don’t know why). And they all have great diction! Hallelujah!

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