By Chuks Golden
Miss West Africa is an international beauty pageant started in 2008 for females living in West Africa, as well as women of West African origin living around the world. Entry is via regional Miss West Africa competitions, with the winner of each contest then competing at the Miss West Africa Final. The first 2 competitions were held in London, and the event was held in Africa for the first time in the Gambia at the 2011 competition on 18 December 2011, which was won by Vanny Reis of Cape Verde.
Now this time the international competition is coming to Nigeria live in October.
Some of the most recent winners include:
Year. Winner. Country
2008. Amina Kamara Sierra Leone
2009/10 Shireen Benjamin Sierra Leone
2011/12 Vanny Reis Cape Verde
Last year, it was Maria Sawaneh from The Gambia won it. Zalia Maiga was the 1st Runner-up from Mali and Hawa Kamara is the 2nd Runner-up from Sierra Leone.
The super gorgeous Maria is the first Gambian to take the international title and also the first Miss West Africa queen with a foreign title to be known as Miss West Africa International.
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