Miss Lorriane Nadal emerged as the Miss University Africa 2017 as the continental beauty pageant was concluded on Sunday at the Obi Wali Cultural Centre in Port Harcourt.
Miss Nadal represented Mauritius at the pageant.
Miss University Africa (Somalia) was the first runner-up, while Miss University Africa (Nigeria), Miss Chinomso Ibinabo, emerged second runner-up.
The top eleven in the keenly-contested pageant are the representatives of Mauritius, Somalia, Nigeria, Eriteria, Tunisia, Gambia, Ethiopia, Sao Tome and Principe, Uganda, Rwanda and Tanzania.
The lead judge at the pageant, Sonny Irabor said all five judges approved the list of winners after a painstaking and transparent selection process.
The coordinator of the Miss University Africa Beauty Pageant, Taylor Nazzal, thanked Africans for making the pageant a huge success.
He said:”Rivers State has shown the world that it one of the safest places for conferences and business “.
Crowning the Miss University Africa 2017 on behalf of the Rivers state governor was his wife, Justice Eberechi Suzzette Nyesom-Wike.
She said: “All the contestants have done well and I consider all of them my daughters. You can come to the state any time you choose.
“We will be working together to lift Africa to greater heights. All the queens are very intelligent, warm and domesticated “.
She hailed the theme of the pageant, ‘educating the girl child ” is apt, noting that the continent will develop faster if the majority of African girls have access to education.
“Imagine if all African girls are like the contestants. Imagine the kind of Africa we will have. Africa is actually the future of the world.”
Highpoint of the occasion was the presentation of an award to recognise Governor Wike as the champion of Women Empowerment in Africa.
The contestants, from 54 African countries, arrived Rivers state on November 19, 2017 and have traversed the state carrying out charity works as they prepared for the grand finale of the p ageant.