Miss Africa Crown International 2011: A Vote of Thanks from The Ritz Society
Against all odds and under difficult circumstances, the 2011 Miss Africa Crown finals was held at the Baltic Sea on October 7-8th 2011 aboard the prestigious boat, Vikingline. A total of 22 aspirants were seeking the highly coveted titles and at the end of the competition, only three had to be crowned.
When the distinguished Judges eventually made their decision, Jessle from Uganda, Elizabeth from Kenya and Maria from Sudan scooped the first, second and third prizes respectively. Despite the high tempo of events and great anxiety during the final moments on Saturday morning, it was truly a momentous and memorable occasion for participants, audience and organizers alike. We now have the 2011 reigning queen of Miss Africa Crown International.
Another coveted prize that was given away was the “Positive Runway: Global Catwalk” Award that went to Elizabeth Dorine from Kenya. Distributed by the London-based Perryfield Promotions, this Award is important because it opens new doors to the winner through high profile contacts in the Modeling and Fashion Industry. Most importantly, the Award enables the winner to participate in the BEFTA Awards and to model with “Positive Runway: Global Catwalk” under a one year contract among other benefits.
Other prizes that were won were as follows: Miss Photogenic – Tina Masatu from Tanzania; Miss Heritage – Beilu from Eritrea; Miss Elegance – Linda from Cameroon; Miss Personality – Rahma from Somalia; Miss Dilligence – Kudzai from South Africa and Miss Bling-Bling – Mary Ann from Kenya.
The Ritz Society would like to thank everybody who helped in making the event a big success especially all the 22 girls who took their time to participate in the event. We thank the outgoing Miss Africa runners up Hallex Berry together with Linda Jordan, a former Miss Africa participant, for the hours of work they put in helping the girls understand the catwalk paces and for giving the new entrants numerous tips before and after Pre-selection contest that was held in September. We also thank the out-going Queen Ms Michelle Jeng and Ms Soumeya Seidou (who came third last year) for having accepted to attend the event to hand over the reigns.
Specifically, the organization would like to thank Mr. Joseph Mbaziira, the MC and the London based Jacqueline Matovu from the JM Promotions who assisted as MC. Mbaziira runs the internet-based Ugamuziki Radio and is increasingly emerging as a talented African MC and broadcaster in Stockholm.
The organizers would also like to thank the distinguished Judges: Mbova N. Lillian, an accomplished diplomat, Ms Justina Mutale, Founder and CEO of Perryfield Promotions, Mr. Shaul Moalem, Director of the Make-Up Institute in Stockholm, Mrs Brawer Madina, an English Teacher in Sweden together with Juliet Bagenda, Founder of MeMagazine. Without these Judges, sampling the winners could have been much more complicated and they deserve congratulations for a team work well done. They are the only ones who knows how the titles were won.
Further, a big thank you goes to our sponsors, the Ethiopian Airlines which is donating an air ticket to Africa for the winner as part of the prize, I’con-i-City Designer, Beatrice Byakika, the Stockholm-based Make-Up Institute, Positive-Runway, Mist Stockholm, Vikingline, Mr. Bling, Sonny Ericksson and Tele 2 Comviq. The Ritz Society is the Entertainment wing of the African Monetary Fund (AMF) whose stated objective is to work with other partners for mutual benefit and we hope that collaboration with our sponsors will continue.
Big Kudos also goes to the mighty “Sound of Blackness” Crew of VJ EZ Frank, VJ Safi and Sound engineer Ismael Naji who all played a big role in rocking the gigantic crowd in the boat to full satisfaction. We thank all members of the audience from different parts of Africa and the world who joined the cruise to cheer the girls and to provide the much needed moral support for the participants.
Big thanks to the Namibian, Zambian and Kenyan embassies for having sent their representatives to the event. The presence of the diplomats gave the event the authority it deserves and the Ritz Society hopes for greater cooperation with African Embassies in Stockholm on areas of mutual interest. The success of the event was the result of team-work and the organizers learnt greatly from the experience.
The organizers hope that the audience enjoyed themselves to the maximum despite minor short-comings. The audience can rest assured that the Ritz Society has a strong ambition to deliver quality entertainment to their audiences. The Society hopes for increased support from members of the African community and friends of Africa in Scandinavia and the world as the struggle to organize members of the African community also continues.