By Remi Johnson
Over 61 delegates from different African countries, have converged on Abuja to participate in Miss Africa Pageant
The Secretary of the FCT Social Development Secretariat, Mrs. Hadiza Kabir, represented by the Director, Administration and Finance of the Secretariat, Dr. Kevin Ike, said the Pageant was aimed at discouraging indecent dressing in the Territory.
According to Mrs Kabir, the ongoing Miss Africa Pageant would further unite Africa and promote tourism in the continent.
Speaking on the theme; “Uniting Africa, Discouraging Indecent Dress Culture, Promoting Tourism and Empowering African Women”, Mrs Kabir said the event designed to last for the next 14 days would bring the youths of Africa and youths in the FCT together to interact towards enhancing youth empowerment, employment generation, wealth creation and value reorientation.
According to her, ” The Federal Capital Territory Minister of State, Dr Ramatu Aliyu, is a social engineer. The minister decided to bring Africans together especially the youths in order to make Abuja the real melting point of social integration in Africa, and to send a strong message to the world that beauty does not lie in nude dressing…
It is the 9th edition of the pageant and the essence is black integration.”
On her part, Miss University Africa, Ajoke Ajoke said the programme was envisioned to prevent rape, violence against women, and to learn more about the rich cultural heritage in Africa from other delegates.
“We are all here because of Miss University Africa, pageant that helps to deal with rape and violence against women and promote women empowerment. So, welcome to all the African countries coming to Nigeria for the first time for the pageant,” she said.