Miss Kenya, Irene Mukii, has been crowned Miss Africa at the 2019 Miss Africa Beauty Pageant in Calabar.
Irene is a Mathematics and Computer Science studen in Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology. She’s also Miss Jomo Kenyatta University 2018/2019 and Miss Progress Kenya 2019 reigning queen. She represented her country in the latter in Puglia, Italy
Through Ajuma Limited, she has worked for Darling runways, Samantha Bridal and Imani Bijoue collections among others.
She loves being on stage, watching all sorts of live art performances and has also been in some theatre productions. She also loves swimming and has competed professionally for her school and the Nairobi Teens Swimming Club.
She chose to get into pageantry because it “offers a platform to cause change, gives young girls a voice and teaches them that they can be the difference they want to see in the world.”
She’s also a goodwill ambassador for a non-profit organization called MAKAYA HUB, a technological platform geared towards safe motherhood in marginalized communities in Kenya and wide across Africa. The organisation’s vision is to see a Kenya and Africa where every pregnancy is wanted, every birth is celebrated, and every life is accounted for.
Humanity for her is our diversity. “That is why I advocate for Africans to be proud and express themselves because we represent a divine fragment of God that the world will miss out on if we shy away,” she expands.
She believes that being part of Miss Africa Calabar will give her an opportunity to have an even larger platform to advocate for and cause change.
Mukii, who is a Mathematics and Computer Science student of the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, won the coveted crown in the early hours of Saturday in Calabar.
She defeated 21 other contestants in a keenly contested competition which saw Miss Angola, Daniela Lopes, emerge as first runner up and Miss South Africa, Ethel Maimela as second runner up.
Speaking during the event, Gov. Ben Ayade of Cross River, called for the adoption of humanity as the greatest of all religions in the world.
Ayade, who was speaking on the theme of the 2019 Carnival Calabar “humanity”, said that once humanity becomes a personal doctrine, people would rise above primordial sentiments.
“None of us has the luxury of knowing where he was before he was born or where he is going after death, all we know is that we live, and for today that we live, let us live for humanity.
“Our perception needs to change, we must emphasise that what is greater than our colour, irrespective of the religions we believe in, is humanity.