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18 Nov


Olutosin Araromi (Nigeria), Nadja Breytenbach (Namibia) and Zozibini Tunzi (South Africa), alongside four other beauty queens from the African continent (and 65 contestants from other parts of the world), will compete at this year’s Miss Universe® Competition.

The Miss Universe Organisation (MUO) is a global, inclusive group that celebrates women of all cultures and backgrounds and empowers them to realise their goals through experiences that build self-confidence and create opportunities for success.

According to the official website, “The contestants and titleholders that have gone through the Miss Universe system are able to cultivate their personal career goals, advocate for humanitarian issues and be a voice to affect positive change in the world.”

Further, it states, “While we are a competition, the women who participate also learn to help one another and create a network of friends and colleagues on which to draw support.” The event will be aired live from Tyler Perry Studios in Atlanta, Georgia on Sunday, December 8th.

Find out more the 2019 African contestants below:

Shubila Stanton

Country: Tanzania

Hometown: Dar es Salaam

Age: 23

Languages: English, Swahili

Shubila Stanton is an environmental activist and recently obtained a degree in environmental science and management. Her passion lies in conserving the environment and advocating for the fight against climate change.

Zozibini Tunzi

Country: South Africa

Hometown: Tsolo

Age: 26

Languages: English, Isixhosa

Zozibini Tunzi is a passionate activist and engaged in the fight against gender-based violence. She has devoted her social media campaign to changing the narrative around gender stereotypes. 

Marie Esther Bangura

Country: Sierra Leone

Hometown: Freetown

Age: 22

Languages: English

Marie Esther Bangura is a 22-year-old student and very passionate about her country. In her spare time, she works in her community advocating for Good Touch, Bad Touch, a campaign that works to put an end to the sexual exploitation of the youth. 

Ornella Lafleche

Country: Mauritius

Hometown: Beau Bassin – Rose Hill

Age: 21

Languages: French, Mauritian Creole

Ornella learned the power of kindness, gratitude and hard work at a young age. She is currently studying Marketing Management and works as a professional model. Passionate about social work, Ornella volunteers at the Lions Club in her country and aspires to have her own NGO for children who are victims of sexual abuse.

Olutosin Araromi

Country: Nigeria

Hometown: Lagos

Age: 25

Languages: English

Olutosin Araromi is a first-generation Nigerian-American college graduate of Montclair State University who holds a bachelors degree in health and human services with a minor in psychology.

Stacy Michuki

Country: Kenya

Hometown: Nairobi

Age: 18

Languages: French, English

Stacy Michuki is the youngest woman to be crowned Miss Universe Kenya in the organisation’s history. With hard work and determination, she hopes to achieve her dream of becoming a world-renowned high fashion model.

Nadja Breytenbach

Country: Nambia

Hometown: Windhoek

Age: 24

Languages: English, German, Afrikaans

Nadja Breytenbach is passionate about psychology and has her Honors Degree in Psychology from the South African College of Applied Psychology to prove it. Nadja works closely with two organisations in Namibia.

Titi Adesanya
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