Announcements For Gambia &
Gambia's Maria Sawaneh is Crowned Miss West Africa
The bright outspoken Gambian born Maria Sawaneh, formally
known as Miss West Africa Germany, took the most popular
African pageant title Miss West Africa International, when
she was called centre stage on Saturday 23rd March to be
crowned between Zalia Maiga, the 1st Runner-up from Mali,
and Hawa Kamara, the 2nd Runner-up from Sierra Leone.
The beautiful Maria is the first Gambian to take the
international title and also the first Miss West Africa
queen with a foreign title to be recognized as Miss West
Africa International. Maria who had her traditional dress
made by a Sierra Leone designer, evening dress made by
Ghanaian designer 'Hall of Peters', and then walked to a
song by Nigerian artists, really proved that she was ready
to be an all round Miss West Africa Queen.
The Miss West Africa staff stated "Maria is an amazing
winner, her being a foreign queen is the right step to
showing unity amongst West African's in and outside of
Africa, and also showing that everyone of West African
descent has a chance at being the international queen as
long as they are capable of achieving a title in their own
country. Our aim is to promote tourism in Africa, promote
the beauty, the land, the culture and more, so embracing
West African's abroad helps us accomplish this task a lot
easier, and that's what makes Miss West Africa different."
Zalia Maiga (Miss West Africa Mali 2012) gave Mali its first
appearance in the top 3, whilst Hawa Kamara (Miss West
Africa Sierra Leone 2012) secured a continuous appearance
for Sierra Leone in the top 3. Youma Sall, (Miss West Africa
Senegal 2012) received a Miss Photogenic award, and Aissatou
Sakho, (Miss West Africa Guinea 2012) won Miss Congeniality.
Speaking on the outgoing queen, CEO Nana Tamakloe said, "We
are very proud of Vanny, she really set a great path for the
Miss West Africa queens, just as those before her did, but I
am very sure Maria is going to take it further, she is very
charitable and has great media personality. We can't wait to
begin working with her".
Miss West Africa International 2013 was organised by
Africaribes, Lda with support from Miss West Africa Ltd.
Miss West Africa Ltd will soon be updating the public on the
next regional Miss West Africa events.
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organisation and wish to hold interviews with any of the
queens or the organisers, or discuss media partnerships
please feel free to contact us.
For more information regarding Miss West Africa contact
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