23 year young Angolan queen, Neurite Mendes on Saturday night emerged winner of the maiden edition of Miss Africa beauty pageant organised by the Cross River State government.

She defeated 17 other contestants from 17 African countries to become the first Miss Africa Climate Change ambassador.

She carted home a brand new 2016 Ford Escape SUV and a cash prize of 25,000 US dollars.

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Photo caption: Wife of Cross River State Governor, Dr. Mrs. Linda Ayade crowning the winner of Miss Africa Beauty Pageant, “Calabar 2016”, Neurite Mendes from Angola

Miss South Africa, Refilwe Mthimunye and Miss Cameroon, Jencey Anwifoje were the first and second runner-ups respectively. They carted home $15,000 and $10,000.

The beauty pageant with the theme “Green Economy, a tool for Sustainable Development” took place at the prestigious Calabar International Convention Centre.

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Cross River State governor and initiator of the pageant, Prof. Ben Ayade stressed the need for Africans to go beyond culture and tourism by deepening their knowledge of science and technology.

Ayade remarked that the journey towards a formidable climate change has started; hence all must join in this noble course to create a new path of virility in Africa.

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Prize Car – 2016 Ford Escape SUV

Among dignitaries at the event were the deputy governor, Prof. Ivara Esu, wife of the governor, Dr. Linda Ayade, South African Ambassador to Nigeria, state and national legislators, members of the state executive council, captains of industries, celebrities like Kiss Daniel, IK Osakoduwa, Dija, Victoria Kimani, Kate Henshaw, Uti Nwachukwu, VJ Adams, Kunle Ogunrinde among others.

The event made box office record with over 365 million people watching it live on television.

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