By Solomon Asha
The entire continent of Africa will tomorrow, Saturday, November 26, 2016 congregate at the prestigious Calabar International Convention Centre (CICC) Calabar, the capital City of Cross River to witness the grand finale of the maiden edition of the Miss Africa beauty pageant, 2016, bringing together contestants from across the continent. The theme of Miss Africa, Calabar 2016 is, “Green Economy as a Veritable tool for Sustainable Development”.
An initiative of the hot brain, smart thinking and erudite Governor of Cross River State, Senator Ben Ayade and wholly sponsored by the Cross River Government, the competition is deliberately brought to being to promote issues of Climate Change and other environment related issues to send a strong signal to the global community on the stance of the government and people of Cross River, Nigeria and the entire continent of Africa on the subject matter.
Since their arrival at the Margaret Ekpo International Airport, Calabar accompanied by the initiator of the project, Governor Ben Ayade, the very dazzlingly and exquisitely beautiful, slim and extremely delicate amazons have been savouring the clean, green, beautiful Cross River environment, complimenting their natural appearance and intellectual acumen crowned with the accommodating and friendly nature of Cross Riverians.
Straight from the airport after reception and a meal at the prestigious Transcorp metropolitan Hotel, the contingent headed for one of the natural wonder which God endowed the state, the famous Obudu Ranch Resort where the seraphic-like daughters of Africa walked in the clouds and relished the beauty, ambient and serenity of the huge/graceful tall rolling and wave-like mountains/ hills of the Obudu Ranch Resort while shooting both their still photos and video in preparation for Saturday, November 26, 2016.
Back in Calabar and at their Tinapa Business Resort Lakeside Hotel on Sunday, it has been from a rewarding but hectic one activity to another for the indisputably dashing and glittering beauties from across Africa as they each individually and collectively prepared for the decisive November 26 where out of the several beautiful contestants, one among them will surely emerged as the Cross River, Nigeria and Africa Ambassador for Climate Change.
Besides those several daily activities, the contestants for the maiden edition of Miss Africa equally had inter-face and interaction with the media including the popular Hit FM Radio, Calabar and by extension the people of Cross River State.
The process of selecting the Ambassador of climate Change (Miss Africa) who will be an active voice for climate change will certainly not be easy one for the Judge or judges as it will take more than enough work to pick the best out of the whole of smashing beauties that will be on parade. However, it is clear that adequate and sound understanding of the subject matter in particular and general global issues by each participant and contestant will certainly be a veritable and a decisive factor for the emergent of the winner besides the contestants’ individual’s dashing beauty.
What is true as the existence of God is that a winner will surely emerge tomorrow. What to me is also as sure as the second coming of Jesus Christ is that the beautiful daughter of Africa that will be crown tomorrow will be as dazzlingly angel-like and seraphic, but more importantly intelligent will surely count greatly, bearing in mind that the initiator of this project, Governor Ben Ayade is a colossus when it comes to intellectual acumen, marshalling out position and points with veracious intensity and broad understanding of nearly all the known disciplines in their complexity.
In the words of my dependable sister and colleague, Beatrice Akpala, Governor Ayade and Cross River have moved Africa to Cross River. Indeed, Africa has been moved to Cross River and at the end of the day, the programme will produce a qualified Ambassador who shall be a proud voice of Africa in global gathering where issues as regards climate change and other top burning global issues will be discussed.
This writer wishes all the contestants the best at the crowning event tomorrow. Truly, the number one will emerge, all of you wonderful and proud African queens will equally all be winners, as when the history of this maiden edition would be told, your individual names will not go unmentioned.
Solomon Asha, is Media Aide to Governor Ben Ayade of Cross River.