Ladybrille Magazine congratulates the Ghyslaine Tchouaga who has been crowned the new Miss Africa USA 2011-2011. Below is what Lady Kate Njeuma, founder of Miss Africa USA, profiled here on Ladybrille, sent our way:
“The Miss Africa USA Organization is proud to Present the new African Queen who will be representing Africa in America during her reign as Miss Africa USA 2011 – 2012.
The Cameroonian Beauty, Miss Ghyslaine (GiGi) Tchouaga was crowned Miss Africa USA 2011-12 on Sunday Nov 13th in the crowded Hilton Hotel Ballroom in Silver Spring, Maryland. The event which attracted hundreds of Africans and friends of Africa over a very hectic weekend culminated to the coronation of the 22year old Nursing student from Cameroon.
Over 150 African girls registered for the pageant and auditioned to represent their countries this year. 16 finalists representing 16 countries made the cut to the finals and took a shot for he crown. They were all amazing in their presentations and platforms for Africa. Each and everyone of them committed to change the world around them with or without the crown.
For the first time in the Pageant’s seven year history, a Cameroonian walks away with the Crown. Miss Tchouaga who was born in the Nation’s capital Yaounde, some 22years ago, immigrated with her mother and siblings to the United States of America to pursue higher education and more opportunities for the family.
A true Pan-Africanist, Ghyslaine’s priority as stated in her platform is to help save lives in the Horn of Africa. She recognizes the emergency in Somalia and wants to immediately launch her campaign to ‘Feed The Hungry’ in Somalia. She says Cameroon is a very blessed country with enough food to feed even neighboring countries.
In an emotional appeal during platforms presentation, Miss Somalia moved the audience by recognizing Miss Cameroon’s commitment to the crisis in Somalia. She could not believe another finalist could take interest in her country.
While she will focus on saving lives in Somalia she wants to also give back to her native Cameroon by organizing a Medical Mission in Cameroon to help with medical supplies and equipment for hospitals in rural and under developmed areas. She also wants to use her position to advocate for orphans and sick children in Cameroon. Queen Ghyslaine Tchouaga will be working closely with the Leon H Sullivan Foundation and the African Women’s Development Foundation both registered non-profits in the United States of America, to achieve her dreams as a Goodwill Ambassador.
After a series of competition in Platform Presentations and Public Speaking, Talent, Fashion, traditional girl appearance, the top 10 countries were announced. The top 10 were able to compete in one more round of fashion and style before the Judges elected the top five delegates.
The top ten included the following countries: Sierra Leone, Congo, Nigeria, Liberia, Kenya, Republic of Guinee, Ghana, Ethiiopia, Cape Verde and the Republic of Cameroon.
The top five were: Ghana in 5th Place, Nigeria in 4th place, Guinee in 3rd place, Liberia in 3rd place and Cameroon walked home with the Crown.
The Pageant congratulates all 16 delegates who participated in the Pageant this year. They all have a strong passion for their chosen causes and the Pageant organization is working closely with the Leon Howard Sullivan Foundation to give each delegate an opportunity to pursue their passions as Good will Ambassadors through a Special Program called the AFRIPOLITAN CLUBS. More details will follow.
The dynamic Miss Africa USA Pageant team wishes to thank all those who came out to support the pageant this weekend with their friends and families. Special thanks to all the Embassies and Ambassadors who came out, especially the Ambassador of Liberia and Cape Verde for being there to the end, the Embassy of Kenya, Cameroon, Embassy of Ethiopia and Embassy and Gabon.
Special thanks and gratitude to the Miss Africa USA Chair, Mrs Hope Sullivan Masters for giving us her time, commitment and enduring the entire competition to the end. Thanks to the Staff of the Leon Howard Sullivan Foundation for the beautiful Dinner served to the girls and the Guests on the eve of the Pageant.
To all our sponsors, ARIK Airlines, committed to flying the winners to Africa for their mission work we say thank you, to Mike Glanton International Consultancy we thank you for your generous sponsorship. Thanks to Dr. Aretha Makia for doing the most noble thing to donate a scholarship for the winner, we love you and we thank you. To Western Union, Rebtel and 2cAfrica we appreciate your sponsorship and for being there year after year.
Very special appreciation to Little Ethiopia DC, Mr. Tamrat Mehdin for sponsoring the LIMO RIDES, Dinner and Lunch and the most exotic and beautiful Ethiopian restaurants in Little Ethiopia DC. The girls enjoyed delicious meals at the Abyssinia restaurant and Etete restaurant thanks to Little Ethiopia DC.
We are saying thank you to Mrs Astrid Tasong of Vikings Unlimited for sponsoring all the floral bouquets for the pageant, the Red Carpet and for her generousity through out the year, letting us use the Vikings Center for rehearsals and also for auditions. Ms Astrid we salute you.
We give thanks to Mr. Joseph Eyong representing the President of Montgomery County Council Ms Valerie Ervin who served as the Chair of the pageant last year. Thanks to Montgomery County for hosting the pageant in two years and giving us two Queens so far.
A word of appreciation to our Patron Dr. Victor Mbaba all the way from Atlanta Ga, we thank you for your support.
For those who took up vendor opportunities we thank you all for adding value and excitement to the pageant this year by offering beautiful products such as Mary Kay Cosmetics, Naoumi Jewelry, Princess Romy Fashions. We thank all those businesses who took up ads in the Miss Africa Magazine, thank you for being true patriots of Africa.
Thanks to the African Royalty in the House, Mother Africa Mafor Edwan we thank you for gracing the show with your love and support as mother of all children.
We thank the Media who promoted this event to the fullest especially Face2Face Africa, Palava Hut TV, African Vibes Magazine, African Trumpet, Tadias Ethiopian Magazine, EBS TV, Camer TV, Ethiopian Times, Modern Ghana.com, Ladybrille Magazine, Voice of America TV, All Eyes on Africa Magazine and ADUNAGOW Magazine.
A special shout out to my stylist and fashion designer who made sure Lady Kate was looking so fly, Princess Romy Fashions in Maryland. Thank you for dressing me. I am leting our readers know that if they want the best dress for that red carpet event, they can look no further than Princess Romy Designs. . .”
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