Representatives of 27 out of the expected 36 countries have arrived in Calabar for the second edition of the Cross River State Miss Africa Climate Change Beauty Pageant.
The beauty pageant, which is the initiative of the Ben Ayade’s administration, is a platform aimed at creating awareness about the effect of climate change and its attendant impact.
In separate interviews at the TINAPA Lake Resort, Miss Fatima Murtar, a contestant from Somalia, who sounded very optimistic of winning the crown, said, “I want to do something different contrary to my belief.
“We are already experiencing the effect of climate change in Somalia with deadly drought all over and I want to use this platform, if I eventually win, to educate our people, especially those in the affected regions about the dangers and see how we could bring succour to them through empowerment with the support of international bodies.”
Miss Hellen Itivita from South Sudan said, “It’s nice to be in Nigeria finally. I have been listening to their music, watched their movies but I have never been here; but today, I thank God I made it here. It’s such a beautiful place to be.”
On her chances of winning the crown, Hellen said, “I will stay positive. We all know Sudan is a war-torn country and if I win this pageant, I will work with the international organisations there to preach more on the effect of climate change and environment.”
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