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Join Miss Africa USA and a Host of Celebrities in New York City celebrating F.A.C.E LIST AWARDS.

Miss Africa USA, Fifi Soumah, Celebrity Guest at MacDella Cooper Fund Raising Gala in New York City

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AT L’AFRICANA NIGHT, A NEW YORK FASHION WEEK FINALE PARTY- STARRING POP DIVA ZELMA DAVIS, BROADWAY SUPER STAR SAYCON SENGBLOH, SUPERMODELS GOERGIE BADIEL, MILLEN MAGESE, AND ACTOR, MATT DILLON.

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L’Africana™ Night is a celebration of the fashion, music, culture & cuisine of Africa! All proceeds from this event will benefit the MCF Academy. Special guests include: Actors: Isaiah Washington & Matt Dillon; Pop Divas: Zelma Davis & Saycon Sengbloh; Designers: Irina Shabayeva, Korto Momolu; and a roster of world-class models including Millen Magese, Georgie Badiel, and Aminat Ayinde to name a few.

L’Africana™ Night is sponsored by The Segal Family Foundation and Greylock Capital Partners. The event is being held @ 2 W 64TH STREET from 6:00PM to 10:00PM and includes an After-Party starting at 11PM.

MISS AFRICA USA 2010 FIFI SOUMAH PARTICIPATES IN THE WORLD BANK SERIES ON AFRICAN YOUTH AND DEVELOPMENT AT THE WORLD BANK HEADQUAURTERS IN WASHINGTON DC

It is an honor indeed for Miss Africa USA 2010 Fifi Soumah to have been invited to participate in the World Bank Series looking at the perspectives of African youth on the development of Africa.  This project is quite similar to President Obama’s Open House with Young African Leaders which took place at the White House this fall.

The World Bank Series which is organized by the Communications Department of the Africa Division is geared at exploring the views and thoughts of African youth leaders, on development.  The youth are obviously the future and it is important to understand what they think  about development and if given the opportunity what they can do or advice others to do to help Africa develop.

On arrival at the World Bank, Miss Africa USA Fifi Soumah was escorted to the interview room where the technical team were setting up and gearing up for the interview.  The interview was recorded on video.

The interview was conducted by Ms Nicole Amarteifio, from the Communications Department. Fifi was asked questions about Guinea, from the recent elections to life in Guinea and what the people of Guinea are like etc. The interview also explored  her passion and profession and what development means to her.

Miss Fifi Soumah used the opportunity to encourage African youth to actively participate in the development of Africa through community service.  As a humanitarian, Miss Africa USA has set up a Foundation called ‘Tears Away’  to help young girls in Guinea and in Africa achieve basic education. Miss Fifi is working with the African Women’s Development Foundation Inc to sponsor young girls by offering scholarships and school supplies to support them through school. She is very concerned that in Guinea for example, aproximately 81% of girls cannot read and write because they do not have access to education.

Miss Africa USA, Fifi Soumah is working on changing that by supporting girls from deprived backgrounds to attain an education. She is also campaigning against the practice of Female Genital Mutilation which puts the health of women at risk and thereby hinders development  because if women are sick due to FGM they cannot be as productive as they should.

The World Bank Youth Series on Development is recorded on video and will be released in January 2011, the video will be played at the World Bank and on the World Bank’s  social network sites.  We will keep all readers informed as soon as the video is released.  Fifi Soumah joined the ranks of other African Youth Leaders like Korto Momolu (young African Designer from Liberia and former Participant of Project Runway) who has also been interviewed on the African Youth Series at the World Bank.

Miss Africa USA Fifi Soumah and Nicole Amarteifio after the interview at the World Bank.

Miss Fifi Soumah at the World Bank in Washington DC

Miss Africa USA Fifi Soumah and Lady Kate Njeuma, CEO of Miss Africa USA PAGEANT

at the World Bank in Washington DC

MISS AFRICA USA FIFI SOUMAH: Participates in the First International Women’s Luncheon by The Leon H Sullivan Foundation in Atlanta Ga

Our Time Together
We believe that the peace, balance and preservation of our planet will be significantly fueled and nurtured by women who have learned to take care of themselves and each other.
The International Women’s Luncheon Theme:  ‘ I’M EVERY WOMAN’
is as expressive, multi-nuanced and yet as simple as women around the world. (Leon H Sullivan Foundation, International Women’s Luncheon 2010)

Leon H Sullivan Foundation: International Women's Luncheon in Atlanta

The very first in the Leon H Sullivan Foundation’s history, the International Women’s Luncheon was a huge success, pulling together a very dynamic group of women speakers who are not only successful in their careers, from Politicians to business women and humanitarians but more so as role models for other women, sharing their experiences on how to navigate through life and be the woman you are meant to be.  From survival tactics as a woman in higher management, to navigating your way successfully in a male dominated career as a Politician, the women brought the message home.  On a bright and beautiful day in the heart of downtown Atlanta, women gathered for a luncheon that inspired so many, a luncheon that left guests wanting more and more from the speakers but sadly when time was up, there had to be a close. That is how good the International Luncheon was.

Panelists take their seats at the Leon H Sullivan Foundation: International Women's Luncheon in Atlanta

Set in the beautiful Marriott Marquis in Atlanta Ga, the guests were served with a very delicious platta of Southern delights, each with a nice little gift bag with goodies from Macy’s and seated next to other women of substance, with a great opportunity to network, the atmosphere was just right for EVERY WOMAN and MAN present.

You couldn’t ask for  more from the Panelists, strong successful and dynamic women, ready to share their success stories with everyone.  The Panelists for the luncheon were: Diana L Bell, Sr Vice President , Hewitt Packard Co (ret),  Her Excellency Erieka Bennett (PhD), Chief of Mission, Diaspora Africa Forum,  Honorable Mbarka Bouiada, Member of House of Representatives, Morocco, Dr. Julianne Malveaux, President, Bennett College, Mecca Moore, President, National Sales Network and Bernadette Paolo, President, The Africa Society.

Miss Africa USA 2010 Fatoumata Fifi Soumah with Panelists at he Leon H Sullivan Foundation: International Women's Luncheon 'I'M EVERY WOMAN' Sept 28 2010.

 

Mrs Carolyn Young, wife of His Excellency Ambassador Andrew Young. Mrs Young served as the Honorary Luncheon Chair.

Mrs Carolyn Young, the wife of Ambassador Andrew Young served as the Honorary Chair of the International Women’s Luncheon. A very dynamic woman and a great speaker, she gave a very moving speech.  The theme of the Luncheon centered around the various roles that women play in society, basically women do everything, ‘ we are rich, poor, thriving, suffering, hopeless and hopeful. We are primary teachers, confidants, accountants, cooks, counselors and negotiators……

Hope Sullivan Masters, CEO and Founder of the Leon H Sullivan Foundation, welcomes guests at the first International Women's Luncheon organized by the Foundation as part of the Africa Policy Forum series of events, in Atlanta

We are Presidents, writers, politicians, dancers, engineers, bakers and entertainer; wives, mothers, daughters and friends. We are vastly different yet we all want peace, safety, enough prosperity, good health for ourselves and families and a better world in which our children can thrive.  We are every woman because of the myriad roles that we assume throughout life, but also because we are our sisters’ keepers” (Leon H Sullivan Foundation: Africa Policy Forum; International Women’s Luncheon 2010)

The Moderator of the Leon H Sullivan Foundation: International Women's Luncheon, Angela Chester-Johnson, Vice President, Protocol and Strategic Outreach for the Leon H Sullivan Foundation, sets off the conversation.

Amanda Davis, Anchor, Fox Television News served as the Mistress of Ceremony for the Leon H Sullivan Foundation: International Women's Luncheon in Atlanta

Her Excellency Erieka Bennet PhD

Her Excellency Dr. Erieka Bennett, Chief of Mission for the African Diaspora Forum, flew in from Ghana to Speak at the Leon H Sullivan Foundation’s ‘Africa Policy Forum.  Dr. Bennett is at the forefront of the the current wave encouraging Africa diaspora to look back to Africa and help the development of Africa through investment and building of the civil society. The Africa Diaspora,  she explains includes those Africans who were forcefully removed from Africa through slavery and those continental Africans who left the continent in search for better lives and greener pastures in Europe, North America and elsewhere.  Her work and efforts through the African Diaspora Forum is certainly in line with the mission of the Leon H Sullivan Foundation. It was certainly an honor to meet Dr. Bennett and all the dynamic speakers at the International Women’s Luncheon, sharing their experiences, life challenges and successes as women leaders.

Dr. Julianne Malveaux, President, Bennett College

Dr. Julianne Malveaux is currently the President of Bennett College in North Carolina, a top rated educational institution for black women. A renowned Economist, educationist, author and motivational speaker, Dr. Malveaux,  a very successful woman shared her experiences and how she navigates her way to the top and stays at the top, the challenges that women face and the inspiration and motivation within that keeps her going strong.

 

Bernadette Paolo, President of The Africa Society Speaks at the Leon H Sullivan Foundatio, International Women's Luncheon, part of the Series of Events for The Africa Policy Forum in Atlanta Ga.

 

The young and very dynamic Mecca Moore, President of National Sales Network speaks at the Leon H Sullivan Foundation International Women's Luncheon in Atlanta Ga 2010

Leon H Sullivan Foundation: International Women's Luncheon in Atlanta

The conversations continued with keened interests from the guests as speaker after speaker told their stories of success and the challenges at every step of the ladder and what really makes a woman successful.  Pictured above, Honorable Mbarka Bouaida, Member of  the House of Representatives in Morocco who flew in for the Africa Policy Forum shares her experience as a woman in the male dominated arena of Politics. As a Politician in Africa she brought in the African experience of women in Politics, she stated some very amazing statistics on the growing involvement of Moroccan women in Politics, a rate that beats even the developed countries.  The current leadership of Morocco is all about promoting women to take up their roles in the development of the country and Politics is just one area that this recent wave of women participation is being felt, something that all African countries need to emulate.

The next Africa Summit organized by the Leon H Sullivan Foundation will be held in Morocco in 2011, more information to be released soon by the Foundation.

 

Panelist, Diana L Bell, Senior Vice President of Hewlett Packard Co (ret), shares her experience in leadership in the corporate world, at the Leon H Sullivan Foundation International Women's Luncheon 2010 in Atlanta Ga.

Miss Africa Fifi Soumah introduced by Angela Chester-Johnson the moderator, at the Leon H Sullivan Foundation: International Women's Luncheon in Atlanta.

Miss Africa USA was able to share a little about her project with the guests and speakers at the Leon H Sullivan Foundation’s International Women’s Luncheon.  The first beauty Queen to take up a Women’s Issue as her Platform, Queen Fifi Soumah is speaking out against Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) a cultural practice which violates the rights of of girls and women and leaves the woman at risk and in danger during child birth.  Queen Fifi has also adopted 2 schools in the Republic of Guinea and a group of young girls from disadvantaged homes in Guinea to sponsor them through school so they too can learn to read and write and get the benefit of education. She was very happy to be a part of such an empowering and inspiring forum for women.  She was certainly inspired by the caliber of women she met at the Luncheon.

Miss Africa USA Fifi Soumah with Honorable Mbarka Bouaida at the Leon H Sullivan Foundation: International Women's Luncheon in Atlanta. Hon. Mbarka Bouaida is also one of the youngest members of the House of Representatives in Morocco.

Miss Africa USA Fifi Soumah and Rev, Dr. Barbara King (Queen Mother of Ghana) at the Leon H Sullivan Foundation: International Women's Luncheon in Atlanta. Rev. Dr. Barbara King had served as a Judge in the 2008 Miss Africa USA Pageant which was held in Clayton County Ga where Nyasha Zimucha was crowned Queen. It was a great pleasure to see her again at the International Women's Luncheon.

Miss Africa USA Fifi Soumah with one of the dynamic speakers at the Luncheon Mecca Moore (in red), President of National Sales Networ and guests at the Leon H Sullivan Foundation: International Women's Luncheon in Atlanta.

The International Women’s Luncheon which was sponsored by Coca Cola Company and Macy’s, was part of a series of Events for the Africa Policy Forum may have been the first for the Sullivan Foundation but it certainly will not be the last.  As women around the world look forward to celebrating the 100th (century) year of the Women’s Liberation Movement in 2011, I am sure the Leon H Sullivan Foundation will be giving women an even bigger and better treat to celebrate the women’s movement.  The luncheon was a teaser that no one wanted to end, everyone sat in place and listened, many had questions to ask and stories to share but before we knew it, it was over.  Congratulations to the Sullivan Foundation for bringing women together in the light of  being ‘MY SISTER’S KEEPER’ because  I’M EVERY WOMAN’.

Thank you

Lady Kate Njeuma (Author)

MISS AFRICA USA FIFI SOUMAH at the Pan-African Festival in Maryland


PANAFEST 2010 was part of a series of events commemorating September as African Heritage Month in Montgomery County, Maryland. The event was held at the Plaza of the Silver Spring Civic Center, at One Veterans Plaza, Silver Spring, MD, 20910.

This festival really made history as  the first of its kind in Montgomery County for the African community. Billed as an outdoor event attracting the vibrant and active community in the Downtown Silver Spring.  The festival showcased the rich African culture in an open and public event. It was hugely successful, well organized, well executed, very timely and fun for the entire family.

2010 is  a special year to celebrate the 50th anniversary of independence of the 17 African nations that became independent in 1960. These nations include Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Congo (Brazzaville), Cote d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast), Democratic Republic of Congo (formerly Zaire), Gabon,  Madagascar, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Somalia and Togo.

The event kicked off on time with a long procession of Government Officials, African Royalties and Festival organizers. The beautiful display of African colors was beaming in the sunlight as the celebrants made it to their seats at the arena.  The reigning Miss Africa USA  Fifi Soumah, elegantly dressed by one of Africa’s finest Designers, Salome from Uganda, was ushered on to the Stage to introduce a very special member of the African Royal Family, non other than the female King.  Yes, a King from Ghana and she is a she.  Her Royal Highness King Peggy of Ghana opened the ceremony in grand style as the temperature in Silver Spring continued to rise in mid afternoon. King Peggy resides in Maryland and controls her Kingdom in Ghana from the United States, very amazing indeed. King Peggy was crowned King after her uncle the late king passed away.

The Royal Procession making their way to their seats to kick start the First Pan-African Festival in Montgomery County.

A Proclamation was issued by the Governor of Maryland and that proclamation recognizing the Pan-African Festival for uniting the community, was hand delivered and pronounced by non other than the Lt Governor Brown. He read the proclamation and had the crowd respond in a very enthusiastic manner as each paragraph was read. The proclamation was presented to the Festival organizers as seen above.

The event was graced by His Excellency Ambassador George Haley, former US Ambassador to the Gambia and brother to the Author of the book  Roots (Alex Haley), pictured above with ACCDF Inc Chairman Ivo Tasong and Mr. Jewru Bandeh.

There was huge number of African Americans recognized for having traced heir genetic roots to the Motherland through DNA testing. The Festival encouraged more African-Americans to do so and to connect with Africa and help put a closure to their past and ancestry.

Miss Africa USA took her place among the African Royal Family to enjoy the various display of traditional dances and Acts.

A special presentation and traditional dance originating from the Bui Division in Cameroon, beautiful and very colorful display of Africa, the drumming was amazing as well as their choreography.

Miss Africa USA Pageant sponsored this event, representing at the Pageant station are Queen Fifi Soumah and her fellow Princess Priscilla from Ghana.

Check  out Miss Africa’s outfit designed by Salome Fashions. The African Fashion Designer Salome’s fashion line is inspired by her roots, Uganda – also known as the Pearl of Africa.

Miss Africa USA Fatoumata (Fifi) Soumah was interviewed by Access Montgomery TV, regarding her views on the festival as a whole.  As part of her reign, Queen Fifi continues to support community events promoting a positive image of Africa in the diaspora.

Queen Fifi and fellow Princess Priscilla talk to the Festival organizers and share their opinions about the festival.

Miss Africa USA Fifi Soumah was there to shake hands with fans, answer questions they have about Africa and her reign as Queen and also pose for pictures. She was happy to see that the festival attracted a very diverse crowd who wanted to learn more about Africa and share the culture.

Miss Africa USA Fifi Soumah signed a lot of Autographs and handed her winning poem which she performed at the pageant, titled  ‘The Girl in Me’.  The children loved her as a positive African Role model they can look up to.

Cameroonian Mishe Fon and supporter of the pageant certainly enjoyed his photo session with the Queen and her deputy Princess Priscilla.

From the Miss Africa Team represented at the PANAFEST 2010, Lady Kate Njeuma, Queen Fifi Souma and Princess Priscilla Boateng, we say CONGRATULATIONS TO THE PANAFEST TEAM and we hope to be part of an even bigger and better Panafest 2011.

Leaving you with this beautiful fruit display by non-other than the top African Chef in Maryland AUNTIE LEOCADIE.  Her edible delights will make your mouth water for ever…….Big Up to Auntie Leocardie African Cuisine.

MISS AFRICA USA 2010: AT Women Inspiration and Enterprise Symposium: A Modern and Dynamic New Women’s Conference, drawing on the Legendary Drive and Energy of New York City.

It was a very beautiful day in New York city, Sept 20th 2010 when the first ever Women Inspire and Enterprise Symposium kicked of in the early hours of the morning.  Miss Fifi Soumah, the reigning Miss Africa USA 2010,   a special guest invited by White Ribbon Alliance for Safe Motherhood was in attendance among many successful and  aspiring women of all ages.  The WIE conference, was hosted by the White Ribbon Alliance For Safe Motherhood of which former First Lady of Britain Sarah Brown serves as the Global chair and Urban Zen Foundation.

The conference was moderated by world renowned Fashion Designer Donna Karan, First Lady Sarah Brown and Media Personality  Ariana Huffington.

The WIE Symposium (Women: Inspiration & Enterprise) that took place in New York City was  timed to coincide with the Clinton Global Initiative and the UN General Assembly this year.   The event included high profile speakers and guests drawn from the worlds of politics, philanthropy, media, fashion and the arts – as well as members of the next generation of leaders.  Speakers participated on different Panel discussions ranging from business, health, beauty, humanitarian work and even spirituality. It was very empowering.  Some of the Speakers included:

Acclaimed Actress Ashley Judd, Maria Eitel, Founding President of Nike Foundation, Ambassador Melanie Verveer, Baroness Amos, Aerin Lauder, Senior Vice President of Estee Lauder, Sheila C Johnson, Founding Partner of BET and many other very successful and dynamic women. Melinda Gates, Co-Chair of Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, delivered the Key note address for the conference.

The WIE Symposium was held to coincide with a United Nations review summit on the Millennium Development Goals also held in New York. The Symposium provided an incredible opportunity to introduce powerful women to the work of the White Ribbon Alliance and the challenges of maternal health. The conference was certainly very inspiring as we listened to the speakers talking about the challenges in their lives as successful women, great motivational speeches and concerns for maternal health world wide.

 

Key note Speaker, humanitarian Melinda Gates, Co-Chair of Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation shares her experiences as she traveled the world to witness first hand, the impact of poverty and the devastating effects it has had on women and children and also see the work that their foundation is doing on the ground to make a difference in the world of poverty.  It was really an honor to sit and listen to such a woman of great achievements and more so a humanitarian who works tirelessly to give millions of deprived families a chance to live and a chance to survive.

Sarah Brown, former First Lady of Britain who is also the Chair of The White Ribbon Alliance for Safe Motherhood addresses the attendees at the Women Inspiration and Enterprise conference where over 500 professional and business women gathered for a day of empowerment and motivation.  The White Ribbon Alliance is working very hard around the world to raise awareness on the need to ensure safe pregnancy and childbirth.  WRA shared some harrowing stories that some mothers have gone through and some were not lucky to make it because of lack of provisions for safe child birth.  This issue is also part of the United Nations Millenium Goals.

Speakers included:

 

Miss Africa USA 2010  Fatoumata (Fifi) Soumah and Lady Kate Njeuma, CEO of Miss Africa USA Scholarship Pageant at the Women Inspiration and Enterprise Conference in New York City.

 

Miss Africa USA Fifi Soumah spends a moment with Nthabiseng Tshabalala, a 12 yrs old South African girl who also one of the panelists of the conference.  She is HIV positive and lost her mother to the disease when she was only 7.  She is a beacon of hope for the 69 million children of the world who may never see a class room if education of the child is not prioritized. She addressed addressed President Zuma and other Heads of States during the World Cup Education Summit and was in New York for the United Nations Summit, calling for education for all children. She stunned the audience when she announced her ambition is to become a pilot in future…..well she got a standing ovation. To me she was the star of this conference, the hope of a new generation.

Miss Africa USA Fifi Soumah had the opportunity to sign the Art Board of White Ribbon Alliance, among other  dynamic women attending the conference.

The day was packed with speakers from various industries and non-profits each one with something special to share about being a woman and dealing with womanhood. The message was simple, women have to support one another and together we can all elevate the status of women across the world.  After all the speaking engagements, the night ended with a breath taking Fashion show organized by the world famous fashion designer Donna Karan as pictured above.

 

Designer Donna Karan, Queen of Jordan Raina Abdullah, Sarah Brown and Ariana Huffington at the Women Inspiration and Enterprise conference in New York City.

Fashion Designer Donna Karan and Miss Africa USA at the Women Inspiration and Enterprise Post conference Fashion show in New York City.  The Fashion Show was held at the roof of the conference building. It was a beautiful night indeed.

Sarah Brown, Global Chair of the White Ribbon Alliance for Safe Motherhood and Queen Fifi Soumah at the Women Inspiration and Enterprise Symposium in New York City during the Charity Fashion Show hosted by Donna Karan to wrap up the days activities.

Before the Fashion show kicked off, it was time to mix and mingle with other very dynamic and powerful women. Queen Fifi Soumah enjoyed sharing her platform and project for women with other guests. Pictured above, Miss Africa USA Fifi Soumah chats with TV personalities from ABC news.  Queen Fifi shared her campaign to against Female Genital mutilation and her platform to educate young girls in Guinea.

Miss Africa USA Fatoumata (Fifi) Soumah shares a moment with British Television Personality Ms June Sarpong, one of the hosts of the Women Inspiration and Enterprise Conference.

 

Miss Africa USA Fatoumata (Fifi) Soumah was also very happy to meet Dr. Veronica of Dr. Veronica talk show.  She is a talk show host in New York city. Dr. Veronica also shared her thoughts about the challenges facing African American women and African women and ways we could all work together to help one another out.  We sure had some very interesting conversations with Dr. Veronica.

Queen Fifi at the pre-conference cocktail Party (Getty Images)

 

The future of Africa is carried in the bellies of its mothers.

MISS AFRICA USA PAGEANT: Promotes Individual Talent and Self Expression

Over the years of its existence, the talent segment of the Miss Africa USA competition has been a permanent feature of the pageant which generates a lot of excitement from the audience but most importantly offers the pageant delegates an opportunity to explore their own inborn talent as well.  A lot of people have talents that they don’t know about and if given the opportunity they would excel.  The pageant aims to bring out the best in every participant and the talent competition is one of those areas that requires a lot of creativity and originality.

Pictured above is Miss Ghana representative Priscilla Boateng who finished the pageant in 3rd Place as 2nd Princess to the Queen.  Her entrance on stage for the talent segment was certainly very mind blowing. She presented as an African Queen, carried on a bench by two Mandingo men as you can see from the pictures.

She engaged in spoken word about the beauty of Africa. This special presentation never left the minds of many who witness her act, how original and thoughtful it was. Her performance certainly won the hearts of the Judges.

Pictured above is the reigning Queen, Fifi Soumah on stage with a Poem titled ‘The Girl in Me’.  Elegantly dressed and gracing the stage in confidence she told told the story of ‘The Girl In Me’ a poem she wrote herself about the challenges of growing up as a little girl in a troubled world. You had to be there to feel the impact of this act, she received great applause for her act finished off with a call for women to never give up the fight and never give up hope.

Spoken word was certainly very popular with the Judges this year, as most of the top 5 winners actually performed spoken word for their talent.  Singing was also popular with some of the delegates. Pictured above is Mameisia Kabia representing Sierra Leone, who placed in the top 15 of the competition. Dressed in the most gorgeous while evening gown, she stunned the audience with her beautiful voice.

Meet Natasha Beckley, the first runner up, also known as the Deputy Miss Africa USA performing Spoken word, a poem she had also written capturing the past of the Black  powerful Black woman in America today.  She is an acclaimed poet and has a great collection of poems in her portfolio.  This young lady is certainly very gifted in this field of poetry and will certainly go places.

And to conclude this post on the Miss Africa USA Talent competition, we end with the winner of the Spokes Model Award, Miss Gnima Diop representing the beautiful country of Senegal.  Gnima clearly stood out in her ability to master her spoken word, speaking with conviction, passion and confidence, a performance which earned her the title of Miss Africa USA Spokes Model, a title she is now using to advance her career as a motivational speaker. I believe she will do very well indeed as a public speaker.

Generally this year Spoken Word certainly did it for the Judges as well as thrilled the audience. Bear in mind that there were other beautiful acts such as singing and dancing and more.  The Delegates did their very best to stick to African themes and cultures while being very entertaining as well.

If you missed the show this year, you can order the video and watch it in the comfort of your own home at $10 each.  Simply send an email to info@missafricaunitedstates.com to place your order.

 

MISS AFRICA USA PARADE OF NATIONS: Showcasing the Colors of Africa

The Parade of Nations has been very much a part of the Miss Africa USA Pageant since 2006. Each year the designers take it to the next level and the next level.  This year, a very special African fashion designer who loved the concept offered to give it a go and of course it was another mind blowing experience.  Stella Atal who flew in from Kampala after weeks of threading together beautiful designs with the colors of each participating nation in the pageant took over this show and brought out the best in each finalist on stage.   Pictured above is Queen Fifi Soumah Miss Africa USA 2010 on the Runway wearing Stella Atal’s design for Guinea during Parade of nations segment of the competition.

Pictured above, Stella Atal, the award winning African Designer from Uganda poses with pageant delegates at the finals of Miss Africa USA Pageant 2010. Left to Right, countries represented above: Liberia, Namibia, Cameroon, Guinea, Botswana, Uganda, Zambia, Ghana, Kenya and Rwanda, all dazzling in Stella Atal’s Parade of Nations Collection.

Pictured above Miss Rwanda delegate Kadija Uwimana takes a stride on the Runway, modeling Stella Atal’s Colors for Rwanda, beautifully put together and well accessorized, hair Afrocentric, shoes off the chain and the best smile, showcasing the beauty of Rwanda, a nation with a trouble past marked with genocide and civil war but now ranking as one of the fastest developing countries in Africa. Up Rwanda!!!!!!!!!!!

Another feature of Stella Atal’s designs on the Runway modeled by Miss Ghana Agnes Ntow. This little dress is beautifully put together, looks very sexy and elegant. What makes it even more appealing is the way it is modeled by Miss Ntow with lots of confidence, beautiful braids, accessories, best heels and of course the smile.

Miss Liberia finalist Tracey Weah pictured above models Stella Atal’s design for Liberia. A simple top with the colors of Liberia matched with plain Leggings, you can’t go wrong with this combination. Miss Tracey keeps it simple with beautiful accessories a contagious smile and great pose for Liberia, the nation which boasts of having the first and only female President in Africa.

This concludes the highlights of Parade of Nations. You may follow us on facebook / missafricausa  for more photos from the 2010 pageant or visit the website http://www.missafricaunitedstates.com

MISS AFRICA USA PAGEANT PROMOTES AFRICAN FASHION

Queen Fifi Soumah during Fashion competition

African Fashion, as beautiful and vibrant as it is, never gets the kind of exposure and media highlight that it deserves. Well the Miss Africa USA Pageant has embraced African Fashion and is committed to showcasing African Couture, working with Afro-centric designers to bring out the best of African Fashion on the pageant runway. Each year a number of well renowned African designers are invited to showcase their fashion lines on the pageant runway and the 2010 competition saw the best yet to grace the pageant.  Award winning designers such as Frank Osodi from Nigeria, Stella Atal from Uganda, Vera Ochia from Kenya and Akouavi Slater from Togo were all in the House, ready to take control.

African Fashion entails more than just the dress you wear, it has a lot to do with the accessories and so much more. Pictured above is Miss Twamma Nambili representing Namibia. You’ve got to love her hair piece, the Porcupine head dress, very spiky and elegant.  A beautiful smile is certainly a necessary complement for this headpiece, making it even more beautiful.  Kudos to Miss Twamma for carrying this whole ensemble with such elegance and grace.

I don’t know about you but this dress being modeled by Miss Nessie Abdulai representing Sierra Leone makes me go WOW, it is beautifully put together and well accessorized, combined with Miss Nessie’s charming smile, you’ve got to love it.  I certainly wouldn’t mind having this dress in my wardrobe for that special occasion.

Who says only renowned designers can design African Fashion? Well, Meet Miss Hilda Mauya representing Kenya on the runway.  This African Queen had a go at designing her own outfits for the pageant and of course, her pageant dresses were breath taking indeed.  She discovered her passion in designing unique styles and she is on the run with it.  Miss Hilda’s style won her the Miss Africa USA Super Model with Style Award. She is one designer we should all be looking out for.

When you think of African Fashion, Kente clothe will immediately come to mind for most people. Yes the Kente is always present on the Miss Africa USA Runway, thanks to the delegates from Ghana who always go that extra length to bring out the Best of Kente.  Pictured above is Miss Agnes Ntow representing Ghana, showcasing Kente Fashion on the Miss Africa USA Runway.  Miss Agnes won the Fashion Award 2010.

An African outfit designed by Akouavi Slater is modeled by Miss Roseline Amusu who represented Nigeria in the pageant.

Pictured above : Miss Africa USA management team members pose with Fashion designers who graced the pageant this year. L_R:  Miss Linda Arrey Pageant Manager, Vera Ochia, Frank Osodi, Lady Kate Njeuma Pageant Founder and CEO, Stella Atal, Akouavi Slater and Kyle Haggerty Pageant Production Manager.

Miss Africa USA Pageant will continue to promote African Fashion the best we can in collaboration with African Designers.  We Africans and Friends of Africa should do our best to patronize African Fashion and showcase on the global stage.

On THE RED CARPET FOR MISS AFRICA USA BANQUET JULY 2010

The 2010 Miss Africa USA Banquet, a Red Carpet Event, featured the 2010 delegates of the pageant, special guests, members of the diplomatic core, elected officials and friends and family who came out to show their support for the Pageant delegates representing different African Countries. Pictured above on the Red Carpet are: Vice President of Montgomery County Council Valerie Ervin and some of the 2010 Pageant delegates. Ms Valerie Ervin chaired the Miss Africa USA Scholarship Pageant which took place in Montgomery County July 22-25-2010.

Miss Fifi Soumah and Miss Tatiana Fetgo enjoy a moment on the Red Carpet with Special guest, His Excellency The Ambassador of Sierra Leone.

VIP guests attending the Miss Africa USA Scholarship Pageant Banquet event at the UMUC Marriott conference Center in Maryland. The first VIP banquet in the history of the pageant drew Politicians, members of the Diplomatic core, African Royalties, friends and family who dined together and shared the stories of the delegates and their humanitarian platforms for Africa and the United States.

Pictured above are Miss Africa USA Patrons Mrs Glanton, Honorable Mike Glanton, State Representative from Clayton County Ga, Pageant Founder and CEO Lady Kate Njeuma and the Pageant Manager Miss Linda Arrey, on the Red Carpet.

Miss Gabon Coretha Antchouey supported by officials from the Embassy of Gabon in Washington DC, standing by their Queen at the Miss Africa USA Banquet 2010.  Miss Gabon’s Platform for the pageant involves raising awareness on Cervical Cancer in Gabon, promoting early detection and prevention strategies for women.

Cameroonian VIPs on the Red Carpet at the Miss Africa USA Banquet, July 24th, hosted at the beautiful University of Maryland Marriott Conference Center in Maryland. Pictured above: Pageant Host Dr. Aretha Makia and husband Dr. Makia, friends Dr. Elangwe, VIP guests:  Mr. Solomon Egbe and friends of Dr. Makia, the Pageant MC Dr. Emma Osong among other VIP guests.

African Designers played a very important role at the pageant this year, highlighting African couture on the runway. On the Red Carpet are Miss Linda Arrey pageant manager, Fashion Designers: Vera Ochia from Kenya, Frank Osodi from Lagos Nigeria, Lady Kate Njeuma the Founder and CEO of Miss Africa USA, Fashion Designer Stella Atal from Uganda, Akouavi Slater from Togo and Miss Africa USA Pageant Production Manager Kyle Haggerty .

On the Red Carpet: Mrs Astrid and Mr. Ivo Tasong, proud sponsors of the 2010 Miss Africa USA Scholarship Pageant, here attending VIP banquet at the beautiful UMUC Marriott conference center in Maryland.

Miss Linda Arrey the Pageant Manager and Miss Nigeria finalist Miss Roseline Amusu enjoy a moment on the Red Carpet just before the banquet kicked off.

Few Snapshots on the Miss Africa USA Red Carpet event, More photos available on the website and facebook.  Thank you.

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