Instead of a crown on top of her head, Miss Africa 2018 Dorcas Dienda from Congo, had her afro hair literally lit on stage after she was named the new winner of the continental pageant in Calabar, Nigeria.
The incident, which occurred on Thursday night, went viral as thousands of people watching at the venue and on television were stunned by the sudden flare-up which was caused by the victory fireworks.
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Despite her hair being lit on fire, Dorcas Dienda carried herself gracefully and was able to talk to everyone who made the once in a lifetime experience a memorable one for her
This was the pageant’s third edition and it hosted 25 contestants from across Africa in Nigeria for a few weeks before the final.
Dorcas Dienda was crowned as Miss Africa 2018 beating Zambia’s Gladys Kayumba, Nigeria’s Chimamaka Goodness Nnaemeka, Ghana’s Dela Yawo Seade and Sierra Leone’s Harrietta Alpha who made it to the top five.
The pageant night was opened by the Governor of Cross River State, Professor Ben Ayade who stated that the pageant was a way of celebrating the true meaning of African beauty. “We must be proud to be African,” he said.
The new Miss Africa from Congo takes home $35,000 and a sports utility vehicle as her winning prize.