Former Miss Tourism queen Ashley Morgen (pictured) is on cloud nine as she prepares to travel to Nigeria for this year’s edition of the Miss Africa Calabar beauty pageant.
BY KENNEDY NYAVAYA
Morgen came out tops locally after acing a casting call and amassing the most votes in a recent search to choose the national representative.
“I am super-excited because ever since winning Miss Tourism (in 2016) and although I also represented the country in Malaysia, I have always wanted to participate in a big pageant in the continent and I am glad it is happening now,” she said in an interview.
The Victoria Falls-bred beauty was confident of bringing the crown home despite stiff competition when she goes on the ramp against 19 other contestants from different countries on December 27.
“To be fair, I am confident that I will bring it home and I really hope to represent my country well because I will put everything into it,” she said.
In its fifth edition this year, the beauty contest is founded on the values of “promoting, showcasing, and developing Cross River State, as well as Nigeria’s environmental and eco-friendly lifestyle with the amalgamation of beauty, fashion, nature, and charity”, according to their website.
“The Miss Africa Calabar Nigeria Beauty Pageant is a brainchild of Prof Sen Ben Ayade, the executive governor of Cross River State, who himself is a strong environmental activist, a man who can give up everything he has, for the protection of the environment.”
Morgen is scheduled to travel to the West African country in a few days time where she will get to boot camp before the final ceremony.
Before the big day, people can vote for her on the pageant’s website and follow her on social media platforms like Instagram to track her journey to the crown.