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Botswana queen wins Miss Africa beauty pageant 2017

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Botswana queen, Gaseangwe Balopi, 21, has won the second edition of the Miss Africa beauty pageant hosted by the Cross River Government.

Balopi emerged the 2017 African queen at the keenly contested event after a fourth round of appearances in different attires by 25 contestants.

The red carpet event started at round 10.45 pm on Wednesday night at the Calabar International Convention Centre and ended around 3 a.m on Thursday morning.

She is to take home $35,000 and a Ford Edge Sport Utility Vehicle as her star prize.

Miss Rwanda, Fiona Naringwa and Miss Luyolo Mngonyama of South Africa were first and second runners-up. Naringwa will take home $10,000 and Mngonyama $5,000.

Governor Ben Ayade said that the theme of the event `Climate Change and Migration’ was chosen to create awareness on the need to protect the environment and caution youths against illegal migration.

Ayade said that the event afforded the African continent the opportunity to choose another beauty queen that will use her beauty to create awareness on the need for Africans to see themselves as one.

“Migration and Climate Change have become burning and global issues today. Our gathering here today is to choose another African queen that will use her office to create awareness on the theme.

“Blackness is now a perception, beauty and character in the eyes of the people. The Miss Africa pageant is meant to tell the true story of Africa to the world.

“How can a continent like Africa that is blessed with abundant natural and human resources be poor? Africans are intellectually sound.

“We are not gathered here to pick the most beautiful woman, but rather, we want to pick the true African woman who can use her beauty to change Africa.

“For us to tell the true African story, we need a face that is appealing.

“Our theme for this year should caution our youths about the tedious journey through the Mediterranean Sea and Sahara Desert to Europe in search of greener pasture’’, he said.

Motswana Balopi promised to use her crown to create awareness on the dangers of illegal migration by youths across Africa.

The former Miss Africa, Neurite Mendes from Angola, urged the new African queen to use her office to end illegal migration by some Africans to European countries.

Former Governor of Cross River, Mr Donald Duke, Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Mr John Gaul-Lebo and other dignitaries were in attendance at the event.

Nigerian music artist, Flavour and South African music star, Mafikizolo entertained the over 2000 guests at the occasion.

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Oprah Winfrey, Beyonce Knowles in South Africa for Mandela 100 concert.

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Celebrated American television host and philanthropist Oprah Winfrey has urged young people in South Africa not to give up on their dreams, asking them to emulate the country’s first black president Nelson Mandela.

Oprah, who was delivering a keynote address at the University of Johannesburg, also shared fond memories of her time spent with the global icon.

“Nelson Mandela’s life story is a testament to the power of the human spirit and one man’s ability to change the world by standing up for what he believed in,” said Oprah.



“It is one of the great honors of my life to have spent so much time with him, and I look forward to celebrating his courageous life.”

Oprah, who runs a girls school in South Africa, is also scheduled to speak at the Global Citizen: Mandela 100 concert, on Sunday.

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The concert, which is part of a campaign on the Global Goals to end extreme poverty, will be headlined by leading artists from across the world including Beyonce, JAY-Z, Ed Sheeran, Eddie Vedder, Pharrell Williams, Usher and Chris Martin.

Sho Madjozi, Tiwa Savage, Wizkid, Cassper Nyovest, D’banj and Femi Kuti are also lined up to perform.

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World leaders including South African President Cyril Ramaphosa, Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations Amina J. Mohammed, Norway’s Prime Minister Erna Solberg and Ghana’s President Nana Akufo-Addo are also expected to attend the festival.

This significant event not only honours the legacy of one of the greatest global citizens of our time, but provides a powerful platform for youth around the world to make a positive and tangible contribution for people and planet,” said UN Deputy SG Amina Mohammed.

Responding to Nelson Mandela’s call for this to be the generation that ends extreme poverty, artists and leaders will be joined by 100,000 Global Citizens who’ve taken action on the Global Citizen social advocacy platform to earn free tickets to the festival at FNBStadium in Johannesburg.

Global Citizen’s campaign aims to rally $1 billion in new commitments, with $500 million of that set to impact the lives of 20 million women and girls worldwide.

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Celebrities grace Mickey Mouse’s 90th celebrations at Disneyland Paris

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18 November marks 90 years since the first appearance of Mickey Mouse in Steamboat Willie in November 1928 and the face of Disney is being celebrated worldwide.




Mickey along with his friends and some British celebs celebrated his 90th year at Disneyland Paris over the weekend and, as always, it was an event to remember.

During an onstage extravaganza Minnie and Mickey were joined by Swedish singer Zara Larsson, who sang Happy Birthday along with the crowd.


British celebs including McFly’s Danny Jones, his wife Georgia and their 9-month-old son, Cooper also posed for photos with Mickey and his friends at the event.


South Africa joined the global celebration in October with an exclusive local design project where ten highly talented local artists applied their own inspiration and artistic interpretation on 6-foot Mickey Mouse statues.

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The statues formed part of the Mickey the True Original South African Exhibition which travelled to three cities throughout October and November.

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