The reigning Miss Universe, Leila Lopes from Angola, will embark in a 5-country African tour that will take her to Ghana, Senegal, Cote D’Ivoire (Ivory Coast), Togo and Nigeria in June.
The Insignia Group, producers of the Miss Universe Ghana competition in partnership with Roberta Annan Consulting, announced the first ever visit to Ghana of a reigning Miss Universe.
This is the first time in 12 years that an African woman has held the title of Miss Universe and the last titleholder was Mpule Kwelagobe, Miss Botswana 1997, who became Miss Universe in 1999. Miss Kwelagobe was the first person to represent Botswana at the Miss Universe pageant, and made history by becoming the first black African woman to win an international pageant.
Miss Universe, as part of her tour of West Africa, will visit the SOS Children’s Villages, in Tema and Asiakwa, making a donation to them and also pay a courtesy call on the Vice President.
She would later launch the 2012 Miss Universe Ghana pageant at an exclusive cocktail reception in Accra, hosted by Miss Yayra Nego, Ghana’s Miss Universe of 2011.