Miss African Union Contest in the pipeline

The beauty queen of the African Union is expected to be crowned by the First Lady Madam Zainab Yahya Jammeh in the presence of the first ladies of the entire African Union during the First Ladies Lunch. The Miss AU will also be present as a special guest during the opening of the AU summit. It is expected that the winner will represent the Africa continent at all relevant international fora and be an ambassador of peace to promote the welfare and empowerment of African children and women. The competition will take place in four rounds: 1st will be the national costume, 2nd will be casual wear, third will be evening wear whilst the fourth will be a special outfit provided by Gambian designers Mrs Chan Khan Jallow and Mrs Ida Saine Conteh. During this final round the contestants will be asked questions by the host, to test their intelligence. The judges will be selected from The Gambia, Nigeria, South Africa, East Africa, North Africa and USA. The judges will be renowned individuals in the entertainment industry. It has already been confirmed that the Director of African Channel at M-NET Television in South Africa, Mrs Hamida Suliman will be in attendance as a judge. The remaining judges will be confirmed within the next few weeks. According to the organisers, the event has been organised as an answer to President Yahya Jammeh’s call for all Gambian’s to participate in making the Au summit in The Gambia a great one. They have decided that this event will be unforgettable and will be a testimony to the beautiful greatness of our nation The Gambia. Three Gambian ladies are involved in the production of this show. The first is Madam Chan Khan Jallow. Mrs Chan Khan Jallow is a veteran Gambian fashion designer, famous for her elegant and creative designs. She has been in fashion designing since 1975. The second is Mrs Ida Saine Conteh another veteran fashion designer. Ida has carved a special name for herself in the world of Gambian fashion by her creative designs. Ida has organised several fashion shows and beauty competitions in the past and has donated most of the proceeds of the show to the health sector. Both ladies have represented The Gambia in trade fairs and shows both locally and internationally on several occasions. The third member of this group is Mrs Nana Ama Ofori-Atta. Mrs Ofori Atta is currently the Managing Director of Vinasha Production Ltd, The Gambia’s first and only film and TV production company. She has successfully placed quality audio-visual Gambian content on three continents Africa, Europe, and USA and Canada for the first time in Gambian history. ‘ Allafrica.

April 2006
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