Ethiopian Beauty and Advocate for the Youth, Meron Wudneh has been crowned Miss Africa USA 2014. Meron who is a resident of Montgomery County, Maryland, is a graduate of Bowie State University where she studied Health Sciences. The Miss Africa USA Ceremony which took place at the exquisite Strathmore Music Center in Rockville Maryland attracted hundreds of Africans and Friends of Africa who came to witness the show. There were several Diplomats from various African Embassies. The Event was graced by His Excellency Robert Van Lierop from the United Nations and Her Excellency Mrs Mulamula, Ambassador of Tanzania to the United States of America. Other Dignitaries present included Ms Iman Awald, Director of the Governor’ Commission on African Affairs for the State of Maryland, Officials from the DC Mayor’s Office, Ms Jan Duplain from Cultural DC, Ms Tee Thompson from African Trade Business Center, a host of visiting Queens and Title holders.
The event kicked off at 7.30pm and was hosted by African Celebrities Chris Atoh from Ghana and Helene Faussart from Cameroon. The 18 delegates representing 18 African Nations competed in various categories including : Traditional African Girl, Parade of Nations, African Fashion, Public Speaking and Platform Presentation after which the top 10 were selected for Talent competition and further elimination brought the top 5 to stage for interviews after which the winner was elected by the Judges.
Miss Uganda Hasifa Kivumbi emerged as the 1st Princess and Deputy Miss Africa USA.
Miss Ghana (Right), Hilda Frimpong followed as the 2nd Princess
Right to Left: Miss Tanzania Placed as 3rd Princess, Miss Uganda 1st Princess, Miss Ethiopia Crowned Queen, Miss Ghana 2nd Princess and Miss Nigeria 4th Princess.
All 18 Delegates brought out the best, they are all winners and Miss Africa USA wishes to congratulate each one of them for a great showcase of their nations and for being a strong voice for the various causes they are promoting. Each Delegate received a Citation from the Governor of Maryland, Presented by Ms Iman Awad, Director of The Governor’s Commission on African Affairs. The Citation from the Governor is in recognition of their service to their communities both at home in Africa and here in The United States.
Miss Africa USA Pageant Organization wishes to thank all sponsors and Vendors who participated this year in supporting the Pageant. More updates coming soon.