They say a crown has only two companions, diamonds and beauty. And both come from Africa.
This year, Seven  of Africa’s most beautiful diamonds will contest the Miss Universe Beauty Pageant in Bangkok, Thailand as we all await who takes over the crown from South Africa’s Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters come December 17, 2018.
Africa may never have won the Men’s World Cup, but find out the beauts determined to retain the Women’s world crown for the continent.
Know a lot more about Africa’s beauty and brains…!
Age: 24 (born 25 August 1994)
Height: 5’ 10”
Ana Liliana Avião is an Angolan-Dutch model and beauty pageant titleholder who won Miss Angola 2018. Stunning Ana was crowned as the winner of Miss Angola 2018 in a national finale held at Luanda on June 29.
Ana Liliana, 23, studied Business Management in the Netherlands where she was also elected Miss Angola BeNeLux. Ana dreams to use her achievements to promote a better cultural union between Angola and the Netherlands, where she has lived since she was 6 years old:
“I want to see my country in the list of big global economies.”
Akpene Diata Hoggar is a Ghanaian model, travel and lifestyle blogger and entrepreneur from the Brong-Ahafo Region of Ghana. Akpene was crowned winner of the Miss Universe Ghana 2018 pageant on September 15 after beating off competition from 9 other contestants in the grand finale in Accra.
She studied Management Information System at Ashesi University where she graduated with honors in 2016. She is a creative consultant and owns a lifestyle digital agency called Sundiata Studios.
She hopes to use her influence to advocate for change of the status quo of Breast Cancer awareness from “what it is” to “what it should be”.
Age: 21 (born 1997)
Height: 5’ 9”
Sussie Selma Kamanya is a model and Miss Namibia 2018 titleholder. She was crowned Miss Namibia 2018 on 7 July 2018 at the Windhoek Country Club, succeeding outgoing Miss Namibia 2017 Suné January.
Kamanya holds a Diploma in Economics and is studying for a degree at the Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST).
Age: 21 (born 1997)
Height: 6’ 1”
Aramide Lopez is a Nigerian model and 2018’s Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria. She is a Nursing student and previously won other pageants including Miss Beauty of Africa International 2017, Miss Tourism International Nigeria 2016-2017 and University’s Campus Queen in 2015-2016.
Aramide was crowned Miss Universe Nigeria 2018 at the 31st edition of the Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria (MBGN) which was held at the Gabriel Okara Cultural Center Yenagoa on Friday night of 21st September 2018.
Age: 24 (19 August, 1994)
Height: 5’ 11”
Tamaryn Green is a South African model and winner of Miss South Africa 2018. A medical student at the University of Cape Town, she’s a no meaner to winning beauty pageants as she’s been a beauty queen at Miss Rochester and Miss New Orleans.
As a Tuberculosis (TB) survivor, she has been instrumental in the fight against the disease since assuming the responsibility that comes with her tiara.
“The world is on the cusp of a global push to deal with this killer disease. I am very grateful to have the power of Miss South Africa platform – which is so much bigger than I could ever have imagined – and to be in a position to make my voice heard. Because of my title, I have an opportunity to help as many people as I can.”
Age: 23 (born 1995)
Height: 5’ 11”
Fashion model and actress; Melba Emmanuelah Shakabozha was crowned Miss Universe Zambia 2018 by her predecessor Isabel Chikoti after beating off 15 (fifteen) other contestants on 18th August. A Radiology student, she also doubles as a brand ambassador for telecommunication giant Vodafone.