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Meet the Stunning African Queens in the 2015 Miss Universe Competition



How exciting is it to have two huge beauty pageants happening at the same time?

While we are bringing you all the scoop on the ongoing Miss World 2015 competition (click here and here), we will also be giving you all the latest details about the 2015 Miss Universe competition.

The Miss Universe competition is aimed at empowering women to develop the confidence they need to achieve their personal best.

This year the grand finale of the competition will hold on Sunday, December 20th at the Planet Hollywood Las Vegas Resort & Casino.

There are seven African beauty queens to watch out for this year. Meet them below!

Name: Whitney Shikongo
5’ 11”
Whitney Shikongo is a native of the province of Huila in Angola. She began modeling at 13 years old and was crowned Miss Lobango at the age of 18. This year, Whitney was crowned Miss Huila and Miss Angola 2015. Whitney is determined, humble and above all cheerful.

Ornella Obone
5’ 8”
Ornella Obone loves music and her dream is to be a famous singer and audition at American Idol next year. Ornella moved to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina to continue her education. She learned English at the ELS Language Center and lived with a host family. Ornella has recently applied at College Of Southern Nevada. She is planning to study political science and law to become a business lawyer in the future.

Hilda Frimpong
5’ 8”
Hilda Frimpong enjoys running and devotes her free time to numerous charities. Hilda collects journals and loves writing in her spare time.

Sheetal Khadun
5’ 7”
Sheetal Khadun was born in the town of Rose-Hill on the island of Mauritius. She holds a degree in Fashion Design and Textile. She has held several positions within various charity organizations and has won several beauty pageants. She has also represented her country at an international level pageant. She has won many awards participating in beauty contests, art and painting competitions. Her dream is to become Miss Universe and help orphans.

Debbie Collins
5’ 8”
Debbie Collins is the second daughter of four children, born in Lagos, Nigeria and partly raised in South Africa. She completed her high school education at the young age of 14 and went on to complete a degree in Business Information Systems in Pretoria, South Africa. She is an old soul who has a love for poetry, books, rainfall and the sea. She believes in love, kindness, laughter and family and thinks that a genuine smile can brighten even the darkest of days. She possesses the ability to remain positive in the face of adversity and believes that determination and strength of character are the key components of success. Her hobbies include writing, reading and yoga. She also loves to spend time with her family.

South Africa
Refilwe Mthimunye
5’ 8”
Refilwe Mthimunye is a 3rd year law student, model and founder of the Princesses Foundation. She hails from a small town called Bronkhorstspriut, where she grew up being raised by a single mother. Refilwe has assumed the responsibility of being an inspiring role model to her siblings. Her vision is to be the voice of her fellow disenchanted South Africans. She is currently focusing on raising awareness on the continuous abuse against women and children. She is the spokesperson for ZAZI, a campaign aimed at women under the leadership of the SA National AIDS Council. Refilwe hosts “Girl Talks” at high schools in various communities, whereby she gives inspirational talks on women empowerment. She believes in stewardship. She’s passionate about leaving her environment better than how she found it. She enjoys traveling, outdoor adventures and action netball. Her motto is “Put God first and the rest will follow”.

Lorraine Marriot
5’ 9”
Lorraine Marriot work as a model and is aspiring to be a pilot. She lives in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania with her 5 siblings and her mother. She started modeling at the age of 4 and has not stopped ever since. Despite her beauty and promising modeling career, Lorraine is also a high school graduate in science and is working toward admission to the Aviation Academy. She has modeled for top Tanzanian designers and also competed in Miss Grand International in 2014 representing Tanzania where she made it to the top 20. Lorraine is known for her quiet but determined nature and is nominated for Best Female Model of Tanzania at the Swahili Fashion Week.

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  1. ATL's finest

    December 4, 2015 at 9:42 am

    What’s up with some of these make up? Smh.. Nevertheless, may the best contestant win.

  2. hmmmmm

    December 4, 2015 at 10:15 am

    Hmmmm, pretty ladies, could someone Contest at 30….#lol Now on my mind would there make it to top 10 Pls lets start praying..

  3. Ada Bekee

    December 4, 2015 at 10:18 am

    This Nigerian babe gan! I’m not feeling her at all, especially this her face. Warisdis? Biko kwanu ooooooo

  4. beauty

    December 4, 2015 at 10:28 am


  5. genome

    December 4, 2015 at 10:28 am

    These girls r stunning … never liked pagents cus I just feel like a lot of these girls dn’t hv pure intentions. always trying to advance a modelling career or acting etc… For example the Nigerian representative doesn’t PARTLY live in Sa.. she fully lives in Sa.. Nd only came to nigeria for the pageant. Prior to tht they have had zero reason to come to Nigeria… her mom is a prophetess nd is currently screwing with the minds of a family i know( another story for another day)…
    I just feel like if you r representing a country.. then you shld be patriotic enough to love nd know enough about the country tht you r representing… I have met this lady and some of her family including her brother(Hu cld stand to be a lil more modest)… Nd the shock on my face when they knew nothing about Nigeria… including the girl… my goodness.. one of those ” Where r you frm ” type questions nd I reply “rivers state” nd you get tht dumb look like.. where the hell is that? haha.. but um… I find it difficult to support a girl who was completely unaware of the main events tht were occuring this year.. I.E our elections… the political party our president belongs to.. etc. Not saying those are standard pageant questions.. but those are basic questions I expect any Nigerian to know if you have any. but hey.. good luck to all the ladies…

    • Tina

      December 4, 2015 at 11:38 am

      Personally,I think beauty pageant is demeaning to women. In this day of women empowerment, we are still judged by outward beauty. What does it teach the average little girl out there? You only qualify to represent your country if you are 6ft, 120lbs and drop dead gorgeous and look good in swimwear?

    • Le coco

      December 4, 2015 at 11:58 am

      @ tina I get where you are coming from.. Nd sadly tht is what pageants have become.. I read somewhere that the true aim of beauty pagrants was to show tht beauty does come with brains mm. back in the day beautiful women wld simply be used as models or trophy wives etc.. but then these pageants came along to show tht the stereotype of beautiful women is falset.. They rnt all airheads nd such.. but now you will jst see pageants contestants as video vixens, models, etc… why is it tht most pageant contestants we see are always just trying to break into entertainment? nd some even worse be following celebrities up and down… Anna ebiere is not the only pageant queen tht is pregnant for a celeb.. what about tht other girl tht had a child for Paul of p square.. Even miss Sa of 2010 is pregnant/or has a child for a rapper… I read somewhere tht miss Botswana’s boyfriend came forward about an abortion she has done.. Nd I am not sure which african country but the lady was the first princess or so nd she had a baby barely a year after the pageant nd was lying about the father of the baby.. only for them to do paternity test nd find out the truth…

      It really is sad tht girls rnt genuinely interested in representing their country nd rnt trying to be role models to the youth

  6. Puzzles

    December 4, 2015 at 10:31 am

    My opinion: The Miss Universe contestants are more beautiful than their Miss World counterparts.

    • Vanessa

      December 4, 2015 at 12:02 pm

      Do you really follow these pageants? Because miss universe tends to make their contestants look like trannys with too much makeup and too much weaves, and then the most plastic-looking contestant wins at the end of the day. To me this is scary, knowing how Africans like to copy the american way of life, before our beauty ideals change to ‘tranny-looking women’. That’s why I’m most comfortable that miss world is more popular here in Africa. Even a country that has won the miss universe title like Botswana, still sends its miss Botswana to miss world.

  7. lad

    December 4, 2015 at 10:32 am

    I think the Nigerian girl is the prettiest o!

  8. word

    December 4, 2015 at 10:48 am

    Must every Ghanian’s surname be Frimpong, bikonu?

    • Mz Titilitious

      December 4, 2015 at 12:18 pm

      my thoughts exactly! lol

    • Papermoon

      December 4, 2015 at 4:35 pm

      Frimpong is a common Akan name in Ghana. The Akan speaking people of Ghana makes a significant portion of the population so it’s normal to meet a alot of people who go by that name and yet are not related. Hope this helps a little.

  9. Le coco

    December 4, 2015 at 5:13 pm

    thanx for the info @papermoon.. cld you please also enlighten us on why some ghanaians name their children after days of the week. What is the significance?

    • abiola

      December 4, 2015 at 8:07 pm

      Your relatives from Calabar and Akwa Ibom also name their kids after days of the week.They even go beyond to names like Bournvita,Generator,Neighbor,etc.Seeing how Akwaibom and Calabar are closer to you than Ghana, how about you ask them instead?Pls dont be starting a Nig Vs Ghana something on BN.This is not Twitter

    • Le coco

      December 4, 2015 at 9:19 pm

      shoo @abiola why so bitter.? nobody asked you a question nd nobody is starting anything.. i am curious as none of my ghanaian friends know the answer.. nobody gets offended.. you r the one Hu is trying to start something.. @papermoon has not indicated tht she is offended nd she will answer if she wants to.. smh

    • Puzzles

      December 4, 2015 at 9:34 pm

      @LeCoCo, i have met people with the names Monday, Friday and Sunday, and all of them are Nigerians. So it’s not a Ghanaian thing.

    • Papermoon

      December 4, 2015 at 10:54 pm

      Le coco in Ghana the day on which a person is born is part of the person’s name both boys and girls

      Day. Boy. Girl
      Monday kojo Adjoa
      Tuesday. kwabena Abena
      Wednesdays. Kwaku. Akua
      Thursday. Yaw. Yea
      Friday. Kofi. Afua
      Saturday. Kwame. Ama
      Sunday. Kwasi. Akosua/ Esi

      These are the names of boys and girls according to the days of the week. Above are those in Akan. The other tribes have theirs too. Hope it helps.

    • Papermoon

      December 4, 2015 at 10:56 pm

      *Yaa* not Yea.

    • Le coco

      December 5, 2015 at 11:54 am

      @papermoon. thanx a lot.. It does help… reason I asked was.. yes in nigeria ppl give their kids such names but it isn’t as “common” as in ghana.. almost Every ghanaian I have ever met has those names.(except they hv English names) I have only met one other ghanaian named “naa” but every other person was always an ama or koffi or kwesi or kwadwo nd when I was told tht it was days of the week I was like.. ha but this must be significant to ghanaians.
      anyway thanx alot for the explanation.. I hope my question didn’t offend you…

  10. Mz Tessa

    December 5, 2015 at 10:45 pm

    @Le coco,its believed that you’re a spirit that came into the world hence you’re giving no name but called by the day on which you were born.After seven days its believed you’re meant to live so a naming ceremony will be done and you’ll be given an English name if you parent choose or a local name coupled with the name of the day you were born.
    Am Sylvia Emefa(meaning ‘its well
    ‘ in the Ewe language) Afua coupled with my surname.
    Hope this helps….

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