Newly Crowned Miss Teen Africa UK Is Monique Narh From Ghana

Monique Narh From Ghana Was Awarded With The 13-19 Year Olds Africa-UK Modelling Title – The Event Was Not Without It’s Own Gaffes And Controversies

Miss Teen Africa 2015 Monique Narh Flanked By Judges (Photo By Nick Reynolds)

Miss Teen Africa 2015 Monique Narh Flanked By Judges (Photo By Nick Reynolds)

When we arrived at the Miss Teen Africa UK 2015 venue at the homely Stratford Town Hall in London, it was time for a musical performance. Young songstress Tiana was called up on stage to do her thing and she performed quite well, albeit to a back-up track. Soon after, it was time for some humanitarian chat, and on the stage came the spokesperson of the Sickle Cell cause campaign organisation and she spoke strongly about awareness of the condition, before inviting young volunteers to back her up with their testimonies and facts. After that, a youthful UK-African dance group came on stage and did their thing, and then it was time for the real thing.

Stepping out in traditional African wear were beautiful models, Boni Adeliyi representing Nigeria, Ugandan Manuella Aturia, 17 year old Monique Narh from Ghana, South African Nkgethi Kgomo, 15 year old Sharon Tolley from Zimbabwe, 17 year old Zimbabwean Blessing Nwodo and Naiga Kibuuka from Uganda who is also 17, among others. It was definitely a wonderful display and very heartwarming to hear the girls narrate what the meaning of their dress designs and colours meant, and the relation that had to their African countries of origin, given that some of them had moved to the UK at a very tender age and probably had no vivid memories of their countries of birth or origin. In this category, Naiga Kibuuka stood out with her graphic display.

Another break came after the traditional dress presentation and a few recognition awards were handed out to adults and youngsters alike, and these ranged from Sports Development to Dance and Educational Achievements. Among the Recognition Award recipients were Pauline Long, founder of the BEFFTA Awards.

Following the awards presentation, it was time for the models to show off their talents. Presentations ranged from a Romeo and Juliet recital by Boni, a fashion show by Monique, singing by Blessing and Ugandan Dance by Naiga. Again Naiga stole the show in this category.

Fashion Show By

Fashion Show Talent Showcase By Monique Narh

There was then another intermission and at this point, Ashley Abigo came on with his song “Somebody Say”. It was a sweet acoustic experience for all who were there to see.

After Ashley’s performance, the contestants were soon invited back on stage, this time in their two’s to showcase their evening gowns. They all looked awesome and again managed to make Stratford Hall look very colourful.
Miss Teen Africa
At this point, it was time for the hosts to ask the contestants about the causes they planned to promote/support if they won the Miss Teen Africa title and what winning the title meant for them. Answers ranged from pledges to confronting the issue of Female Genital Mutilation to promoting “unity in the community”. All girls had made great speeches but a shameful moment clouded the whole segment, that being; the hosts skipped Zimbabwean rep Blessing only to let Ghanaian Monique go on for too long with her speech, even though the program had already gone overtime. Monique after a long and a bit repetitive but on-point speech, received a standing ovation from parts of the crowd including the judges (really, are pageant judges allowed to do that). The speech from the lady in the center called for a close to the segment and Blessing’s chance to speak was only salvaged by shouts and screams from the audience. The hosts finally heeded the call and gave her the chance to speak, and of course, she had lost all confidence and her Sickle Cell cause based speech might not have come across as well as she may have originally planned.

It was no surprise that after the last showcase by the models, and after the judges went off to deliberate, they came back with results that pronounced Miss Narh as the winner of the Miss Teen Africa UK 2015. Zimbabwe’s Sharon Tolley was first princess and Nigeria’s Mariah Adejokun was second runner-up.

The final result was welcomed by the audience and that brought the night to a close. However, we do think that the organisers have a lot of things they will probably do differently next year, given the events of this year.

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