Miss World 2021 African representatives (Image: Miss World)
The 70th final of the Miss World 2021 beauty pageant is scheduled for December 17th bringing huge international coverage for Puerto Rico in 200 countries. At the ‘Coliseo’ de Puerto Rico Jose Miguel Agrelot, the largest indoor venue dedicated to entertainment in the country. With the capacity to accommodate up to 18,500 spectators and adjudged one of the top 10 arena venues in the world.
The Miss World Organization owns and manages the annual Miss World Finals. A competition that has grown into one of the world’s biggest. Since its launch in 1951, the Miss World organisation has raised more than £250 million for children’s charities that help disabled and underprivileged children across the world.
Below are the 21 Contestants representing Africa at the Miss World 2021 with short biographies.
Name: Ruth CARLOS
Bio: As well as working for an Angolan Public Company, Ruth is also studying for a degree in Human Resources and has ambitions to work for an International Company. She has an interest in Afrique Dance, Volleyball and Handball. Ruth’s all-time favourite film is: ‘Blame it on the Stars’ and her favourite online series is: ‘Master Chef.’
Personal Motto: ‘Persistence because nothing is easy.’
Age: 24 Height: 180 Occupation: Student Language: Spanish and English
Name: Palesa Molefe
Bio: Palesa is currently working as an Actress, Writer and Producer, and is the founder of Botswana United Artists, an NGO founded to illuminate the value of artists and mental health in society. Her proudest moment was when the agency was finally registered as an NGO. Palesa has a fear of not trying hard enough. ‘The Notebook’ is her favourite film by Jan Sardi and her favourite online blog is ‘DIY Hacks.’
Personal Motto: ‘Make beautiful things, even if no one notices.’
Age: 22 Height: 167 Occupation: Actress Language: Setswana, English
Name: Audrey MONKAM
Bio: Audrey has a Degree in Banking and Finance and is currently working as a Model. She would one day like to own her own cosmetic or clothing line. Her favourite movie is ‘The Sound of Music’ and her favourite feel good song is ‘Happy’ by Pharrel Williams. Audrey also enjoys singing, dancing and travelling and is an avid cook.
Personal Motto: ‘Use your beauty to give life meaning and purpose.’
Age: 26 Height: 180 Occupation: Model Language: French and English
Country: Cote d’Ivoire
Name: Olivia YACE
Bio: Olivia has a Degree in Marketing and Management and would like to continue her studies with a Masters Degree. She enjoys singing, dancing and travelling. Mama Mia is her favourite film and her favourite song is: ‘This Little Light of Mine.’ If Olivia could invite someone for dinner it would be Michelle Obama as she admires her as a role model.
Personal Motto: ‘Know who you are to know where you are going.’
Age: 23 Height: 180 Occupation: Student Language: French, Spanish, English
Country: Equatorial Guinea
Name: Lucila MIBUY
Bio: Lucila is currently studying Business Administration and Management and has ambitions to be an Entrepreneur. She has a passion for basketball and for fashion. Her most memorable moment was when she first held her little brother for the first time.
Age: 21 Height: 170 Occupation: Student Language: English and French
Name: Monique AGBEDE KPUI
Bio: Currently a student, Monique has a Diploma in Fashion and Design and has ambitions to be a renowned Fashion Designer. She enjoys reading and dancing. ‘Black and Blue’ is her favourite film and her favourite song is ‘When you believe.’ Since being crowned, Monique has been involved in mentor-ships and entrepreneurship sessions in her local community.
Personal Motto: ‘You can make a difference, every day is another chance.’
Age: 24 Height: 179 Occupation: Student
Name: Nene BAH
Bio: After completing her Degree in Commerce, Nene is not only working as an Accountant, she is also a Model, an Activist for Gender Equality and an Advocate for Mental Health and Education. One of her ambitions is to be a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador. She enjoys playing board games, singing and learning Basketball.
Personal Motto: ‘Inside every single one of us there is all of us, let us therefore be more mindful of one another and practice collective kindness.’
Age: 26 Height: 179 Occupation: Accountant, Model and Author Language: French, Fulani and English
Name: Itchacénia DA COSTA
Bio: Itchacenia has specialized in Aeronautical Computer Programming and is currently completing a Law Degree and working as a Dance Event Organiser. She has a pet dog called Ursu and her favourite film is ‘A Walk to Remember.’ Her biggest fear is losing somebody that she loves.
Personal Motto: ‘Don’t be afraid to be different, be yourself, being different means that you have something unique to offer to the world.’
Age: 23 Height: 179 Occupation: Law Student and Dance Event Organiser Language: Portuguese, Creole, Spanish, English, Catalan
Name: Sharon OBARA
Bio: Sharon completed a Diploma in French and is currently studying for a Bachelors’ Degree in Psychology she would eventually like to run her own Psychiatric Practice. She enjoys baking and the arts and is a model and brand influencer. Her favourite film is ‘Hotel Rwanda’ and her favourite book is ‘Becoming’ by Michelle Obama.
Personal Motto: ‘What is worth doing is worth giving your best.’
Age: 22 Height: 175 Occupation: Student Language: English, French, Kiswahili
Name: Nelie ANJARATIANA
Bio: After studying Science and Customer Relations, Nellie is currently working in the Insurance Sector but would eventually like to work in the Health Sector. She enjoys dancing and swimming. Her favourite song is, ‘I Don’t Care’ by Ed Sheeran and she enjoys all sorts of Pop and R&B music.
Personal Motto: ‘Be yourself, everyone else I already taken.’
Age: 25 Height: 170 Occupation: Administrator Language: Malagasy, French and English
Name: Angelique SANSON
Bio: After graduating with a Degree in Management and Economics, Angelique is currently working as an Administrative Manager. She enjoys kite surfing, hiking and has been dancing since she was very young. Angelique was captain of the cheerleading squad at University and participated in national competitions. Her favourite song is ‘Makeba’ by Jain.
Personal Motto: ‘Everything happens for a reason. We have to find the positive in every situation.’
Age: 27 Height: 170 Occupation: Admin Manager Language: French, English, Mauritian Creole
Name: Annerie MARE
Bio: Annerie is currently in her second year of her Degree course in Counselling she is also working as a Life Coach and is an International Youth Leader. Having grown up on a farm, Annerie frequently had elephants and lions roaming near her house and she has a Pet Giraffe. Her ambitions are to specialise in Equine Therapy. She enjoys free flow dancing and the performing arts.
Personal Motto: ‘Our biggest fear is not that we are inadequate, but that we are powerful beyond measure.’
Age: 26 Height: 179 Occupation: Student and Life Coach Language: Afrikaans, English, Hereo
Name: Oluchi MADUBUIKE
Bio: Having completed her Degree in the Science of Nursing, Oluchi is currently working as an Emergency, Intensive and Critical Care Nurse. Her dreams are to open the first ever Oncology and Cardiology Speciality Hospital in Nigeria and become an Emergency Medical Physician. She enjoys playing volleyball and tennis and has an interest in Creative Writing as well as Afrocentric Dance.
Personal Motto: ‘You only live once and if you do it right, once is enough.’
Age: 25 Height: 175 Occupation: ER Nurse Language: English, Igbo
Name: Grace INGABIRE
Name: Penda SY
After completing her studies in Accounting, Auditing and Management Control, Penda is currently working as a Model and has ambitions of becoming a Fashion Icon. Her hobbies and interests include handball, gymnastics and cooking. Penda is also passionate about dancing and her proudest moment was when she received her first salary.
Age: 24 Height: 172 Occupation: Model Language: English, Wolof, Peulh
Name: Khadija OMAR
Country: South Africa
Name: Shudufhadzo MUSIDA
Bio: Shudufhadzo has completed a Degree in Social Sciences focusing on Philosophy, Economics, Politics and International Relations. She is currently continuing her studies but is also the Founder and Chairwoman of her own Foundation. One of her dreams is to work for the United Nations. Shudufhazdo is also an Advocate for Mental Health and has had many opportunities to speak about it on International Platforms.
Personal Motto: ‘We should all speak the language of service, that is how we can change the world.’
Age: 25 Height: 174 Occupation: Student and Chair of a Foundation Language: English, Tshivenda
NAME: Juliana RUGUMISA
Bio: After completing her studies, Juliana is currently working as a Prosthetics and Orthotics Intern at the National Hospital. She has ambitions to set up her own NGO to assist people with physical disabilities. Her proudest moment was when she was able to rescue a physically challenged girl who had not left the house for five year. She has two cats called Raha and Amani. She enjoys playing the piano, singing and going on adventures.
Personal Motto: ‘Just go for it.’
Age: 24 Height: 175 Occupation: Prosthetics and Orthotics Intern Language: Kiswahili, English
Name: Amani LAYOUNI
Bio: Amani is currently a student of Physical Education and an Interim Teacher. Her proudest moment was winning Silver Medal in the African Games in Taekwondo. She has won many National and International competitions and is hoping to represent Tunisia in the 2024 Olympic Games. Amani also enjoys basketball, Tennis and traditional Afro and Tunisian Dance. Personal Motto: ‘Don’t stop until you’re proud.
Age: 22 Height: 175 Occupation: Physical Education Student and Interim Teacher Language: Arabic, French, English
Name: Elizabeth BAGAYA
Bio: After completing her Degree in Human Resources Management, Elizabeth is currently working as a make-up Artist and aspires to own her own Make-Up studio. Her proudest moment has been organising a Christmas Party for children suffering with Mental Health issues. Her favourite book is ‘The Alchemist’ by Paulo Coelho and her favourite film is ‘Forrest Gump.’
Personal Motto: ‘ Be you, do you.’
Age: 26 Height: 169 Occupation: Make-Up Artist Language: Luganda, English, Rutooro, Ruyankole
Name: Vanessa CHINYEMBA
Age: 24 Height:178 Occupation: Public Relations Manager Language: Nyanja, Bemba & English