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Akpene Hoggar, Tamaryn Green & Others Make Africa Proud At Miss Universe ‘18

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Africa’s bid to win the Miss Universe crown back-to-back hit a snag in the early hours of Monday when the continent’s only finalist in the Top Three, Tamaryn Green from South Africa came second and thus missed making history.

She would have been crowned by the 2017 winner, Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters, who is also South African, making their country a back-to-back winner of the title.

But the all-female panel of judges voted Catriona Magnayon Gray, the queen from The Philippines as the overall best contestant at the spectacular show held at the IMPACT Arena in Bangkok, Thailand.

Undoubtedly, Ms Gray dressed well, talked intelligently and walked impeccably to literally grab the crown from Tamaryn Green, who had earlier taken over from Nel-Peters as Miss Universe South Africa, hoping to also annex the global crown to cement Africa’s hold on the Miss Universe crown.

Ghana’s representative, Akpene Diata Hoggar made a strong showing in the competition, especially in the National Costume Contest, where her outfit depicted the modern-day Yaa Asantewaa, the late iconic queen of the Ashantis.

She could, however not break into the final leg of the competition and that was the story of all the seven other African queens, making South Africa’s Tamaryn Green the only African to be selected into the group of Top 20 finalists and later into the Top Three.

The other African queens were Ana Liliana Aviao, Angola; Nariman Khaled, Egypt; Wabaiya Kariuki. Kenya; Varsha Ragooharsing, Mauritius; Selma Kamaya, Namibia; Aramide Lopez, Nigeria and Melba Shakabozha, Zambia.

They all made Africa proud at all stages of the competition, especially as they told the world about their beautiful countries and their tourism potential.

All 95 contestants went through various mini contests in the run-up to the grand finale, these included competitions in swimsuit, national costume, evening wear and internet popularity.

In the end, five each were selected from Europe, the Americas, Africa and Asia Pacific, with the last two combined as one region.

In the Africa and Asia Pacific Region only South Africa was chosen from the nine African countries represented at the pageant. Philippines, Nepal, Vietnam and Thailand completed the list for the Region.

Poland, Belgium, Great Britain, Hungary and Ireland qualified from the Europe Region while Curacao, Costa Rica, Canada, Puerto Rico and Jamaica made it from the Americas. The USA, Venezuela, Indonesia, Brazil and Australia also qualified for the Top 20 based on what the organisers termed Wild Cards because they made it outside the regional contests.

The show was hosted by American television personality, Steve Harvey with support from Supermodel, Ashley Graham, Style Expert, Carson Kressley and Runway Coach, Lu Sierra.

Grammy award winner, Neyo held the audiences in the auditorium and around the world spellbound with some sizzling opening and closing performances.

One highlight of the event was when Miss Nepal, Manita Devkota claimed in a chat with the host that she was quite superstitious and that she had come to Thailand with a charm bracelet to help her in the competition but obviously, the “magic” in the bracelet could only work up to the Top 10 level, as she was dropped from the Top Five.

Miss Thailand, Sophida Kanchanarin, the host nation’s queen also sent the audience roaring with laughter when she literally announced that she was hungry when asked by the host how she was feeling in the thick of the competition.

In the question-and-answer segment of the contest, which was the 67th edition, the queens touched on various issues from the legalisation of marijuana to violence against women and on the whole, their individual deliveries were quite impressive.

Ghana’s queen was sponsored by @she-y by_menaye, @4fkmotorsport, @aha.intimates, @firstchoicesalon, @soaesthetics, @hairsenta, @shoezonegh, @nkapowoman, @vivaboutiquegh, @ophelia_crossland, @christiebrowngh, @duabaserwa, @yartelgh, @quophiakotuahghana and @nadreylaurent.

The rest were @charlotteprive, @belloedu, @papaoppong, @essence_ca, @bloombagss, @vasties_ltd, @Yunizaah, @Daniks_peters, @shop_upendo, @bodybyguy, @bysugarcane and #GIGEnergy.

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MzVee Endorses Geisha’s Natural Skincare Range

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The natural skincare range in Ghana is the fastest growing in the beauty category, with many leaning towards organic and natural skincare products due to their eco-friendly nature and the adverse effects of using synthetic and chemicalized products.

Consumers are savvy now more than ever and with the help of social media, industry experts, key opinion leaders and influencers who have tested and tried products that are more useful than others help to share knowledge on the ‘must go to’ products for any and everything including skincare products.

These influencers include MzVee, who has recently shone light to this new normal of using natural skincare products.

Popularly known as a natural girl especially after her hit song, “Natural Girl,” she was recently unveiled the new brand ambassador for Geisha’s new range of natural products; Geisha Moringa Oil and Geisha Black Soap, and has used the platform to carry on the message of the essence of being a natural girl in totality especially since many youths look up to her as an icon to emulate in terms of her natural glowing skin aside her artistry.

According to MzVee, “we don’t get to choose many things in this life, so I choose to use the best soap that helps me to look all natural always. I use Geisha African Strength, which is the Geisha Moringa and Black soap to give my skin a soft and glowing skin which is for all skin types”.

Geisha moringa soap is made up of glycerin and moringa oil, these ingredients help to moisturize the skin leaving it soft, moisturize and glowing whiles Geisha black soap has uniquely crafted cleansers combined with activated charcoal and cocoa butter that is able to cleanse your skin leaving it smooth and glowing.

She advises that long stressful and tiring days filled with so many activities must always be washed away with the Geisha African Strength variants, which help to wash away the blocked pores, leaving the skin fresh and acne

For MzVee, staying beautiful is a lifestyle which is made much more naturally easier with Geisha.

Watch the video in link below: https://youtu.be/kMwfp9cLkHU

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WANI Gives Us A Modern-day African Classic With Lagos City Vice 2

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At the forefront of ‘Modern AfroRnB’ in Nigeria, Nigerian-American singer and songwriter, WANI, gives us a modern-day African classic with the release of his sophomore EP, Lagos City Vice 2.

Pegged to have delivered one of the most significant RnB projects to come out of Africa this year, WANI’s 9 track EP has all the right ingredients not only to set himself apart, but to make Lagos City Vice 2 a timeless body of work that music lovers will enjoy for years to come.

“This day has been three years in the making. I never really go into things with expectations, but I do have personal goals for myself. I’m banking on this project being the one to put me on the MAP! It’s a modern-day African classic,” expresses WANI.

WANI’s Lagos City Vice 2 is now out via Platoon and you can stream or download it here: https://platoon.lnk.to/lagos-city-vice-2

Playing out like a soundtrack in a day in the life of WANI, Lagos City Vice 2 reflects growth and transparency in WANI’s journey as he navigates the life of an independent artist and the vices of Lagos city.

“As an artist my job is to accurately document the life around me in musical form. My first project was made while I was in Uni and that was naturally a more carefree time in my life and you can tell because it accurately reflected in the music – themes revolved strictly around partying which is actually what I was doing,” reveals WANI.

He adds: “I moved back to Lagos after Uni so in all honesty this project is the real Lagos City Vice. I didn’t want to fix what wasn’t broken but at the same time it was important for me to show a bit more transparency to the people that have grown to love WANI.”

Listen out for “LEVEL”, a standard celebratory track where WANI thanks God for bringing him to where he is now on his journey, a long way from where he started – “bumps along the road feel more intense when you’re independent and have figured most of it yourself but the reward is worth it.”

In direct contradiction is “GOD BLESS THE CHILD” which shows emotions more along the lines of fear and anxiety’s that come with the journey rather than the over confidence reaching a new level up might give.

Focus single going into the EP release, the love soaked “JAILER”, narrates WANI’s desire to give the girl he lusts after a comfortable life, from material finances to a peaceful relationship free of romantic drama.

Watch the glamourous music video here – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yGm4Awoeomk

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DAVIDO REUNITES WITH FOCALISTIC FOR HUGE NEW SINGLE “CHAMPION SOUND”

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Multi-award-winning Nigerian superstar DAVIDO reunites with South African sensation Focalistic on his brand new single “Champion Sound”, here. The two artists first connected earlier this year on the monster remix of Focalistic’s Amapiano hit “Ke Starwhich US publication Time Magazine listed as one of the ‘Best Songs Of 2021 So Far’.

Produced by Amapiano heavyweights Caltonic SA and Tee Jay, CHAMPION SOUND sees Davido and Focalistic trade off flows on the track which captures the vibrancy of the popular South African genre that is rapidly growing worldwide. Catch both stars the dance-fuelled visuals, set against the London landscape and directed by Dalia Dias here.

Closing 2020 with the momentous release of A BETTER TIME, which is fast approaching a staggering 400M combined streams across all platforms and 32 million views across the official videos; Davido continues to cement himself as one of the biggest artists in Africa. The album dominated the No.1 position in the Apple Music charts across 8 territories, including Nigeria, where it maintained this spot for 4 consecutive weeks.

The release of CHAMPION SOUND follows the recent announcement of Davido return to perform live in concert at the UK’s O2 Arena on March 5th 2022. Tickets available here.

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