After months of serious preparations and vigorous publicity campaigns the first ever Miss Cameroon South Africa took place this past weekend on the 8th of August at the Market Theatre in Newtown. Nine beauties from Cameroon competed for the title and I must say that I loved seeing how confident they were on stage. Nefertiti, Alvine, Amandine, Tessa, Paola, Patricia, Sidoine, Sonia and Duvirge strutted their staff for the judging panel which consisted of Brian Shiraz, Vanessa Mbenoun, Mavis Anim and Karelle Foster.
Because it was a contest there obviously had to be a winner. Prior to the event the public voted for their favourite and the People’s Choice Award went to Tessa Naddin while the Miss Personality Award went to Duvirge. Designers Brian Yvette outdid themselves as they produced the finest garments for the ladies. Brian Shiraz had a collection of lovely evening dresses and Yvette Nyamboli dressed the contestants in traditional regalia. My personal favourite contestant was Nefertiti, I absolutely loved how she carried herself as she walked.
The lady who reigned supreme was Amandine Ebo’o alongside Nefertiti Nach the first runner up and Sonia Nkolo the second runner up. Amandine is set to become a role model for young girls in Cameroon and South Africa. Her win means that she will also be participating in Miss Cameroon 2016 which will be held in Cameroon. She will also be attending humanitarian events and help raise money for the less privileged children in Both South Africa and Cameroon.
After the pageant a very emotional McKevin Ayaba could not believe that the event was finally a reality and the number of attendants surprised him even more. “God has been awesome and on my side I went through worst times in my life to see this dream, this event come true. Let nobody tell you that you can’t do it, many a time I was told to postpone because it was really difficult but I stood my grounds because I do not believe in postponing a dream. I will like to thank the sponsors and everyone who made the event happen”said McKevin The Executive Director and Founder of Miss Cameroon South Africa
I loved the performances from the traditonal group called Mbanghelum, They were absolutely amazing in their traditional attire and the ladies sure could dance even in high heels.
Other performers included BUFFAlo Souljah all the way from Zimbabwe, Babalwa from right here in Mzansi, Kimaany from Cameroon and T.A from Cameroon and Waxy Dey from Cameroon. It truly was a great night. Big up to the Miss Cameroon South Africa Team for all the hard work and may they apply the lessons learnt this year in the future contests.