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BN Beauty presents the African Queens at Miss World 2015

Adesola Ade-Unuigbe

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With beautiful and talented women from over 100 countries, the Miss World 2015 competition has officially kicked off!

There was an opening ceremony last night which featured a glittering parade of nations, a welcome dinner for all of the contestants, a dazzling firework display, and – believe it or not – a night of dancing to EDM music, to initiate the commencement of the competition.

This year the competition is being held in Sanya, China and the finale will hold on Saturday, December 19 at the Beauty Crown Grand Theatre.

As always BN will be bringing you all the updates from the competition but first, here’s a chance to meet ALL the African beauty queens who will be competing for the Miss World crown this year.

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Botswana 1Botswana
Name
: Seneo Bambino Mabangano
Age: 19
Botswana 2
Bio
Seneo is an artist from the village of Mmadinare. Currently studying in the capital Gabarone, she is in her first year at the Limkokwing University of Creativity honing her talents. Once graduated she aspires to set up a children’s foundation and art centre, focusing on promoting Botswana art and nurturing home-grown talent. Aside from her love of art, Seneo enjoys playing table tennis and chess, and practicing her photography.  When it comes to music, Seneo prefers to listen to pop and gospel music, and her favourite food is the traditional Setswana cuisine available back home.
Introduction Video


Cameroon 1Cameroon
Name: Jessica Ngoua Nseme
Age: 25
Cameroon 2
Bio
Jessica was born and raised in Douala City, Cameroon’s largest city, situated on the coast. Currently working towards a Master’s degree in Advertising & Event Communication, Jessica aspires to work in the advertising and events sector, specifically utilising her artistic skills in graphic design. In her spare time she likes to cook pastries, she enjoys reading, and she is a skilled guitarist. Her favourite book is Betty Mamhoody’s Jamais Sans Ma Fille, and her favourite dish is Ekwan, (grated cocoyam) Cameroon’s national dish.
Introduction Video


Cote D'IvoireCote-D’Ivoire
Name
: Andrea N’Guessan
Age: 23
Cote D'Ivoire 2
Bio
Andrea is a student from the Côte D’Ivoire capital Abidjan. Currently enrolled on a Marketing degree, Andrea has ambitions of finishing her MBA, get experience and then start her own company, but above all enjoy her work. Born in Bouaké, she comes from a big loving family (which includes her pet poodle!), and describes herself as ‘open minded, strong… a decision maker’. Her interests include gymnastics, writing and reading, and she enjoys listening to RnB, pop and Christian music. Her favourite cuisine is rice and Djoumble, a native sauce to the region.
Introduction Video


Ethiopia 1Ethiopia
Name: Kisanet Teklehaimanot
Age: 21
Ethiopia 2
Bio
Kisanet was born and raised in Adigrat, a town in the Tigray Region of Northern Ethiopia. A Computer Science graduate, Kisanet loves technology, but she is even more interested in the fashion world and hopes to one day become a renowned fashion designer. Having worked closely with several Ethiopian Designers, she thinks she has what it takes to be successful. In her spare time, Kisanet is an avid reader, she likes to listen to a lot of blues and classical music, and she is a big fan of traditional Ethiopian culture, from its cuisine (especially Shiro) to its music and dancing.


Gabon 1Gabon
Name: Reine Ngotala Obiang
Age: 18
Gabon 2
Bio
Reine is a student living in Gabon’s capital city of Libreville. Born and raised in the city, Reine is studying Oil Economics at university, with the ambition of working in the growing sector within her country. Enjoying many traditional aspects of her society, Reine loves to perform indigenous dances, local music and her favourite dish is Poullet Nyemboue, chicken in a traditional Nyemboue sauce. In her spare time Reine likes to read, to exercise, and to keep up to date with the latest technology. Reine is looking forward to learning about other cultures at Miss World.
Introduction Video


Guinea 1Guinea
Name: Mama Aissata Diallo
Age: 19
Guinea 2
Bio
Mama Aissata is a 1st year university student hailing from the port city of Conakry, Guinea’s capital. Mama has aspirations of a career utilising her biology knowledge, specifically as a biologist or a forensics officer. Aside from her studies, Mama likes to read and to travel as much as possible. She enjoys cooking, citing shrimps in spiced sauce with rice as her favourite dish. Musically, Mama notes classical music as her favourite to listen to, but she can play the Balafon (African Xylophone) and is adept at certain African dances.
Introduction Video


Guinea BissauGuinea-Bissau
Name: Laila Elewar Da Costa
Age: 18
Bio
Born in Portugal, raised in Guinea Bissau, 18 year old Laila is currently an Accountancy student, who aspires to start her own company in the future, using her passion and experience in the fashion world to create a modeling agency. In her spare time Laila likes to spend time with her friends, and she enjoys Gumbe music, a traditional Bissau Guinean genre. She appreciates her nation’s culture, and is a skilled dancer and musician in her country’s traditional styles.  Aside from her big family, Laila lives with her pet dog.


KenyaKenya
Name: Charity Njeri Mwangi
Age: 23
Kenya 2
Bio
Charity was born and raised on her family’s farm in Kiambu County, just to the North of Nairobi. A final year Public Health student, she says she wants to be a powerful and influential woman, and an inspiration to many. A professional dancer at 18 and the owner of a travel company at 20, Charity is ambitious and knows how to pursue her dreams, aspiring to greater success in the future. Charity loves adventures, solving puzzles and dancing. An avid reader, she cites Nigerian novelist Chinua Achebe and motivational speaker Robert Kiyasaki as her favourite authors. Her favourite dish is rice with marinated chicken.
Introduction Video


Lesotho 1Lesotho
Name: Relebohile Mamaphathe Kobeli
Age: 19
Lesotho 2Bio
Relebohile hails from a small rural village on the outskirts of the capital city. A Geography & Environmental Management student, she hopes to make a difference in the future, improving environmental conditions and introducing sustainable projects within her community. When not studying, Relebohile enjoys a variety of pursuits, including kayaking, abseiling, netball and needlework to name a few. When it comes to literature, nothing beats a classic fairytale, and Indian cuisine is a firm favourite alongside seafood dishes.


Mauritius 1Mauritius
Name: Aureilla Begue
Age: 21
Mauritius 2Bio
Aurellia describes herself as ‘creative, caring, and always willing to help’. Born and raised in Mauritius, she currently works as a travel consultant and loves the tourism industry, with designs to open her own business in the future after travelling the world as an air hostess. She is also a passionate dancer, enjoying an array of styles, from salsa to dancehall, Latin to Mauritian Sega. In her spare time Aurellia donates her time to the Mouvement D’aide a la Maternite (MAM) organisation, which supports pregnant adolescents. Her hobbies include basketball, Zumba and travel, and she enjoys Thai cuisine.
Introduction Video


Namibia 1Namibia
Name: Steffi Van Wyk
Age: 24
Namibia 2Bio
Steffi is a sports fanatic hailing from Windhoek, Namibia’s capital. For most of her life she has played a variety of sports at a competitive level, and is most proud of her 100m hurdles national senior record, which she has held since 2012. A Sports Science & Management graduate, she hopes to further her education to become a qualified biokineticist to help athletes with their rehabilitation. When not on the sports field, Steffi enjoys cooking, photography, spending time at her parent’s ranch, and watching sports, especially the Namibian Rugby team whom her brother plays for!
Introduction Video


Nigeria 1Nigeria
Name: Unoaku Anyadike
Age: 21
Nigeria 2Bio
Unoaku hails from Ilé-Ifẹ̀, an ancient city in the South West of Nigeria (Editor’s Note: she is actually from Ekwulobia, Aguata in Anambra State). Born and raised there (in Ile Ife), Unoaku is passionate about caring for children and is in her final year studying Psychology at the University of Ibadan, with the ambition of a career as a child developmental psychologist. She has also been an active member of the Ace5 Initiative for the past 3 years, a charity working with children from impoverished homes. In her spare time Unoaku likes to cook, to play tennis and to listen to music, citing hip hop and RnB as her favourite genres. Her favourite food dish is fried rice with chicken and plantain.
Introduction Video


SeychellesSeychelles
Name: Linne Freminot
Age: 22
Bio
Linne is a meteorological technician from the Mahé island in the Seychelles. Picking up her qualifications at the Nairobi Meteorological Institute, Linne hopes to further her knowledge and progress to become a fully fledged meteorologist. Aside from the weather, Linne is a very active person, enjoying a variety of pursuits from hiking to martial arts, and she loves to partake in traditional dance and music, skilled at playing the guitar, drums and the Sega (a Creol dance). Musically, Beyonce is Linne’s idol, and if she is reading a book, most likely it will be a Mills & Boon romance novel.
Introduction Video


South Africa 2South Africa
Name:
Liesl Laurie
Age: 24
South Africa 1Bio
Liesl was born and raised in Eldorado Park, Johannesburg. A  General Accounting & Human Resource Management graduate, she has aspirations of a career as a radio host, and has already began working towards that goal. However, she is currently working full time as Miss South Africa and continuing her modelling work. In her spare time she likes to bake, to dance and to play board games with her family and friends. When it comes to food, she adores her mother’s Mutlan curry with rice, sweet potato and sweet corn, and her favourite book is Zelda la Grange’s Good Morning Mr Mandela.
Introduction Video


South Sudan 2South Sudan
Name: Ajah Deng
Age: 22
South Sudan 1Bio
Ajah describes herself as ‘loyal, courageous and friendly.’ Born in Ethiopia, she grew up in Kenya and South Sudan, and is now a citizen of the world’s youngest nation. A PR officer, she aims to branch into accounting, and would love to work for an international banking organisation in the future. Sporty, Ajah enjoys playing basketball, netball and volleyball, she is a skilled acrobat, and she is a keen dancer. Recently she modelled for Doreen Mashika Zanzibar, and was the face of their campaign. Ajah is an avid reader and her favourite book is Ben Carson’sThink Big.
Introduction Video


Tanzania 1Tanzania
Name
: Lilian Kamazima
Age: 19
Tanzania 2Bio
Lilian describes herself as “very patient and hardworking… someone who likes a challenge.” A college student, Lilian has aspirations of a life in service to her nation, studying International Relations before a career in diplomacy, promoting and building her nation’s international relations. She also enjoys volunteering at local orphanages, teaching and providing care. In her spare time Lilian likes to sing, to dance and to cook. She enjoys traditional Tanzanian culture and loves spending time with her family. Her favourite books are The Hunger Games trilogy.
Introduction Video


 

MW2015_Tunisia_01.x450Tunisia
Name: Maroua Heni
Age: 24

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Bio
Maroua is a model from Sidi Bouzid, a city in the centre of the country. After studying Design and Architecture at university, Maroua has refocused on the world of fashion and beauty, working as a model and also taking on acting work when she can. She hopes to start her own modelling agency in the future. In her spare time she enjoys keeping fit, travelling the globe and dancing, specifically salsa, belly dance and hip hop. When it comes to food, Maroua delights in fresh fruits, especially bananas, and her favourite book is the French novel Le nouveau savoir-aimer by Paul Reboux.
Introduction Video


Uganda 1Uganda
Name:
Zahara Nakiyaga
Age: 23
Bio
Zahara is a student, growing up in the Wakiso district, north of Kampala. Describing herself as ‘Honest, caring and a loving person’, Zahara is a Development Studies graduate who cares deeply about her countries future, and aspires to lead her people as an influential development consultant, creating strategies to improve her community and nation at large. In her spare time Zahara loves to travel and meet new people, she enjoys dancing, and her favourite sport is football. Her favourite book is Peter Abraham’s Mine Boy, and she prefers listening to jazz and zouk music.


Zambia 1Zambia
Name:
Michelo Malambo
Age: 24
Zambia 2Bio
Michelo is the founder of ‘Michie & Friends Foundation for Children’, a non-profit organisation providing assistance to vulnerable children in the community of Lusaka, where she was born. Her aspirations are to continue to grow her foundation to help more people, and also to operate a successful talent company, to bring success to her nation. In her spare time, Michelo’s interests span across arts, culture, and sports, from cooking to playing soccer, and she is currently teaching herself to play the guitar. Her favourite book is Maya Angelou’s autobiography, and her music tastes cover hip hop, Afro jazz, RnB, and pop.


Zimbabwe 1Zimbabwe
Name:
Annie-Grace Farayi Mutambu
Age: 19
Zimbabwe 2Bio
Annie-Grace was born and raised in the capital city of Harare, where she is currently a student. Describing herself as ‘a determined young lady’, she has ambitions of a career as a chartered accountant, hoping to complete her ACCA course in the near future, paving the way for her future success. Aside from accounting, Annie-Grace is an active individual, citing tennis, basketball and swimming as her favourite sports, with singing, poetry and dance artistic pursuits of hers. Musically, Annie-Grace likes to listen to RnB and dancehall, and her favourite food is pizza.
Introduction Video

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There are a total of 19 African countries participating this year out of the 120 for the Miss World crown. Some African countries missing this year are Angola, Ghana, Chad, Togo and more.

Photo Credit: www.missworld.com

55 Comments

  1. Alice

    November 24, 2015 at 12:43 pm

    southafrica and southsudan got me….

    • Bimpe

      November 24, 2015 at 1:03 pm

      Oh my!!! Same here. Nigeria though, like what the hell…. They should have even tried to do a good video. And that girl is far from 21 lol #justsaying

    • Chinwe

      December 8, 2015 at 9:17 am

      She is not more than 21, that i can assure you.

    • IMA

      November 24, 2015 at 1:17 pm

      Miss Southafrica is BAE….very pretty. please watch her video.

    • kiki

      November 24, 2015 at 1:17 pm

      i feel u.that south african girl fine no be small.

    • DD

      December 19, 2015 at 4:45 pm

      You nailed it – the two that made it to the top 20.

  2. So...

    November 24, 2015 at 12:48 pm

    I don’t really understand why the thought of dancing to EDM music should be so shocking.

  3. smh

    November 24, 2015 at 12:50 pm

    miss SA and Gabon did it for me. pretty women!
    miss Ng,all the foreheads put together will not be enough to take the forehead gang tittle from her lol.
    may the best woman win.

    • ATL's finest

      November 24, 2015 at 6:41 pm

      Lmao! That’s what I said too.. I mean as beautit as NG hot chick, that’s what they could come up with? C’mon now! Too many other Countries won her beauty hands down. May d best lady win & Good luck to them all.

  4. Sushi

    November 24, 2015 at 12:51 pm

    where is Ghana?

  5. happychick

    November 24, 2015 at 12:54 pm

    wow the Kenyan gurl is so exotic, the south African gurl too is hawt!! the best Bod goes to the Sudanese gurl! Our very own Naija babe is all shades of beautifull!!!!! and and I am so confident about our outcome this time.

  6. pipi

    November 24, 2015 at 12:54 pm

    Miss South Africa….. Take it!!! Chei! God create sha!

  7. Onochie

    November 24, 2015 at 1:19 pm

    That Zambian girl mouth wide like my own sha. Aside that, these are our pride.

  8. Betty

    November 24, 2015 at 1:20 pm

    Boswana

  9. Ready

    November 24, 2015 at 1:21 pm

    None had my interest.

  10. keke

    November 24, 2015 at 1:24 pm

    They are all beautiful.

  11. Nigeria Why?

    November 24, 2015 at 1:27 pm

    So because i am talking about a major ill in our country (Mediocrity) bella naija you have refused to post my comment abi, oh well .. Y’all should keep encouraging them to be less than their counterparts. Na una sabi..

  12. SimplyAmazing

    November 24, 2015 at 1:28 pm

    This South Africa girl is giving me life ??… Biko Unoaku I wasn’t feeling you here, please rep us well. Goodluck

  13. niyoola

    November 24, 2015 at 1:40 pm

    Gabon is oh-so-fierce! Work it babe
    Guinea is …. erm, ah, I don’t understand what’s going on here …. the weave, the make-up (or lack of it) ….
    Guinea Bissau …. erm erm

  14. person

    November 24, 2015 at 1:44 pm

    Nigeria, why na? No effort on the video ke. E be like u dey attend skype interview for customer service job. see the others na? why didnt u show us some parts of Nigeria? The variety of our cultures? Why didnt u even stand up in the video. Sha. may u win am.. bee be

  15. Puzzles

    November 24, 2015 at 1:46 pm

    “Unoaku Anyadike” “Unoaku hails from Ilé-Ifẹ̀”

    HOW????

    Beautiful ladies. May the best one win.

    • RR8album

      November 24, 2015 at 2:45 pm

      According to the MBGN contest vids she was born & raised in ile-ife. Her parents worj at some college there and the fam lives there. But she is igbo by blood. Hope i was of help

    • Anon

      November 24, 2015 at 3:31 pm

      I wanted to comment on it and then realised their bios must have been written by the Miss World Media.

      For example – I was born in New York but my parents are from Seattle. I am a New Yorker. I was born in Cumbria but my parents are from Manchester. I am Cumbrian…..that’s how they think (you are from your place of birth and not state of origin.)

  16. Queenbee

    November 24, 2015 at 1:46 pm

    The francophone girls. Wow. Nigeria. Blah. Plus rubbish video. Cote divoire Gabon and Kenya are top 3 for beauty but Kenya girl might as well be a walking mannequin. .she is so wooden and robotic and her smile is awkward. Gabon’s body is on point. South Africa is cute but nothing interesting. Light skin. Skinny body. Looks like every other girl in a naija nusic video. Good on Namibia for choosing an athlete. Hopefully she kills the stereotype that women have to look helpless and stupid to be beautiful.but this pageant is so misaligned with everything that today’s society of feminism and equality is driving for. It is a pointless tradition but and hopefully like all pointless traditions it will soon die out.

  17. Yolanda

    November 24, 2015 at 1:57 pm

    Miss Cameroon; Miss SA and Miss Gabon for me. Wishing you all the very best for the competition.
    Miss Nigeria or MBGN tho’ choii. My naija people sorry oh

  18. name

    November 24, 2015 at 2:09 pm

    wow miss SA for the win! confidence, beauty and brains

  19. lad

    November 24, 2015 at 2:19 pm

    South Africa is winning again this year! Choi! Miss Nigeria, how old again, 31 you say??

  20. BongzZulu_RSA

    November 24, 2015 at 2:35 pm

    It looks like we are giving the world another Miss World, Liesl is so gorgeous!!! Most of these African girls are beautiful though in their own unique and different ways. Best of luck to Liesl.

  21. Drknite

    November 24, 2015 at 2:44 pm

    The best of lucky to all the African ladies and hope the bring the title to Africa. Special winks to Ms. Gabon. 😉

  22. M

    November 24, 2015 at 3:23 pm

    1.South Soudan, 2.Zambia, 3.Tanzania (though she needs to loose some weight), 4.Ivory Coast (beat video presentation). These are true unaltered and fresh African beauty. The other ones can go back home already 🙂

  23. Kikelola

    November 24, 2015 at 4:14 pm

    Miss South Sudan, you are gorgeous, absolutely stunning.

  24. Nwanma

    November 24, 2015 at 5:09 pm

    Miss Nigeria can come home already. If the criteria for winning the title is centered on beauty,then she can’t compete with these ladies! Sheeesh!

    • ATL's finest

      November 24, 2015 at 6:43 pm

      ???????????????????? lmao! Not the come home already. But u are right. Exactly my first comment most of these ladies won her beauty already.. Abeg them no try at for the selection

  25. Bisi

    November 24, 2015 at 5:36 pm

    Black is Beautiful. Goodluck to all the African contestants
    I must say the SA Girl cut my eyes sharply. Girl is Beautifulll to the moon and back *tongue-out*

    • sucre

      November 25, 2015 at 11:22 am

      Hope blood didn’t come out of the eyes sha. Cut ko caught ni

  26. neeka

    November 24, 2015 at 5:36 pm

    i see u ms. South Sudan…go get it hunty

  27. Sylvia

    November 24, 2015 at 7:54 pm

    The thing that is scaring me about Unoaku is not her beauty, but the fact that miss world has already begun, and she is yet to arrive Sanya. I’ve been following the pageant since it started and I can tell you that only Cameroon, Gabon and South Africa are doing well as of now.

  28. oji ishi!

    November 24, 2015 at 8:22 pm

    Our naija rep na oji ishi kara umuna ya,i. Wonder who chose that girl,see how she fades in comparison to d other queens,may d best man win!

  29. JaiyeGeorge

    November 25, 2015 at 12:01 am

    Our country is full of bad belles. Yes I mean you! What is your problem with this year’s MBGN again? She isn’t fine enough? Not got enough brains? Bad character? In this life I have learnt something; If people love and accept you always, it’s because you are not enough competition for them, they are simply not threatened by you. But, if you are criticized all the time, it’s because you stun your critics soooo, they wish they were you. This year’s MBGN is beautiful, full of character and brains. No, she is not the typical light skinned/bleached skinned doll Nigerians now think is the standard for a beautiful woman. She is just herself, all smiles, proud in her own body(enough to want to show the world by even contesting at all).

    • bn lover

      November 25, 2015 at 6:53 am

      Why you the vex na?

    • smh

      November 25, 2015 at 11:53 am

      who is this one?your sister is as typical as any “bleached” light/dark skinned girl. nobody wishes to be her and she is definately not above anybody so,stop deceiving yourself with all that you typed above. we knew she was chosen ahead so,stop with the nonsense talks. check what our beauty queens were like years back and judge for yourself and she won because most people kept saying only the light skinned girls have been winning. i am dark oh wait, *BLACK* SKINNED by the way.

      ps, SA,go win and make Africa proud( Nigerians are behind you coz we truly see who is representing you this year).

    • JaiyrGeorge

      December 7, 2015 at 7:04 am

      I would reply you IF ONLY I understood your poor English.

  30. JaiyeGeorge

    November 25, 2015 at 12:04 am

    And that is, of course, all she needs to be queen. Now please stop criticizing, and lets support our great country.

  31. Omolola

    November 25, 2015 at 1:03 am

    Any one else noticed the blunder in the Miss Gabon Video subtitle ? “witch” for “Which” amongst other mistakes.
    It won’t hurt to hire a professional to help edit the video or provide the translation.

  32. ElessarisEllendil

    November 25, 2015 at 1:28 am

    Miss South Africa! Chai Egbuo mu!

  33. chi-e-z

    November 25, 2015 at 2:58 pm

    Wow Botswana is just an Artiste her bio pic was sooo good. She better be in top 5. Let’s just clap for SA finally letting a nonwhite girl represent.

  34. llll

    November 27, 2015 at 11:19 am

    Nigerians will neva appreciate dere own.Always doing same to mister nigeria winners and dey always go far.Go all d way most beautiful girl in nigeria

  35. Nancy

    November 28, 2015 at 8:55 am

    Namibia, Serchelles and South Africa have got amazing videos. It takes a lot of creativity & it’s obvious their teams are doing very well

  36. Seth

    December 4, 2015 at 8:31 pm

    Am totally ashemed . what is the silverbird group doing .the Nigerian contestant’s video is terrible . even my phone and a white wall by my garage would be better. So silverbird with all its network asrnal couldn’t come up with a better video. The same chair for the last 4 contestants . someone should take the license off them . this is meant to showcase Nigeria. If they are too lazy to promote us internationally they should pass the mantle on

  37. adesopo debbie

    December 7, 2015 at 8:44 pm

    Miss nigeria is cool and beautiful.with her introduction video I believe she is intelligent and she can be the miss world. goodluck girl .I wish to see you as the miss world. God bless u

    • JustPassingBye

      December 9, 2015 at 4:35 am

      Amen! I can’t understand why there is so much negativity in the comments. Let’s bring the crown home by voting for her here: lvka168.com/missworld/vote/nga

      She can’t be #18 when Nigerians are everywhere lol.

  38. ebenezer codjoe

    August 1, 2016 at 12:09 pm

    very beautiful pics

  39. ebenezer codjoe

    June 27, 2017 at 11:15 am

    lovely pictures

  40. ebenezer codjoe

    June 27, 2017 at 11:25 am

    lol

  41. ebenezer codjoe

    June 27, 2017 at 11:29 am

    nice pics

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