Miss Africa Wellington crowned
A Miramar teenager has been crowned Miss Africa Wellington.
The Miss Africa Wellington Beauty Pageant was held on Saturday night, with 13 Wellingtonians of African descent vying for the crown.
Wellington women with an African background were eligible to enter the pageant.
Miramar-based Nina August, 16, who has South African heritage was named Miss Africa Wellington by the judges.
Some of the contestants were born in Africa while others had parents of African descent.
The community event attracted a 300-strong crowd who cheered on women from the Hutt Valley, Seatoun, Kilbirnie and Newtown.
The event aims to empower young African women living in New Zealand and Saturday night featured African food, fashion and entertainers with an African influence.
Event co-ordinator Rodney Mugadza said this was the fourth event held since 2007.
''It brings the community together. It's an opportunity to showcase what Africa is about.''
First runner-up went to Upper Hutt's Samantha Diverias representing Zimbabwe and second runner-up was awarded to Newtown's Martha Nguma, of Tanzania.
Part of the money raised from the show will be donated to Nina's charity of choice, the Cancer Society.
Nina will also act as an ambassador for the New Zealand Aids Foundation as part of her duties as the winner.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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