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Culture, Arts & Fashionista Africa crown.
For the first time in the Pageant's seven year histo- ry, a Cameroonian walks away with the Crown. Miss Tchouaga who was born in the Nation's capital Yaounde, some 22 years ago, immigrated with her mother and siblings to the United States of America to pursue higher education and more opportunities for the family. A
true Pan-Africanist, Ghyslaine's priority as stat- ed in her platform is to help save lives in the Horn of Africa. She recognizes the emergency in Somalia and wants to immediately launch her campaign to 'Feed The Hungry' in Somalia. She says Cameroon is a very blessed country with enough food to feed even neighboring countries.
The Miss Africa USA
Organization is proud to Present the new African Queen who will be repre- senting Africa in America during her reign as Miss Africa USA 2011 - 2012. The Cameroonian Beauty, Miss Ghyslaine (GiGi) Tchouaga was crowned Miss Africa USA 2011-12 on Sunday Nov 13th in the crowded Hilton Hotel Ballroom in Silver Spring, Maryland.
The event which attracted hundreds of Africans and friends of Africa over a very
hectic weekend culminated to the coronation of the 22 year old Nursing student from Cameroon. Over 150 African girls had registered for the pageant and auditioned to represent their countries this year. 16 finalists representing 16 countries made the cut to the finals and took a shot for he crown.
They were all
amazing in their presentations and platforms for Africa. Each and every- one of them committed to change the world around them with or without the
In an emotional appeal dur- ing platforms presentation, Miss Somalia moved the audience by recognizing Miss Cameroon's commit- ment to the crisis in Somalia. She could not believe another finalist could take interest in her country.
While she will focus on sav- ing lives in Somalia she wants to also give back to her native Cameroon by organizing a Medical Mission in Cameroon to help with medical supplies and equipment for hospitals in rural and under devel- opmed areas. She also wants to use her position to advocate for orphans and sick children in Cameroon. Queen Ghyslaine Tchouaga will be working closely with
Out Of Africa Continued from page 3 Rocky Dawuni: Man, Mission and Music
Which of your songs is most reflective of your work so far?
There are two songs I can point to, one is “In Ghana” and the other is “Wake the Town”
“In Ghana” is important because it was the song that really put me on the map internationally and started bringing attention to my work. It was a huge song in Ghana. It became almost like the
national anthem of the coun- try. It really established me as an artist. But then “Wake the Town” was my fusion of reggae and Afro Beats. It is one with really very fresh sounds, it is a very progressive sounding songs. And so, that also kind of showed an aspect of my work where, I embody the African personality—but really the African personality in a contemporary
sense, a modern sense. One who is influenced by culture and at the same time some- one who utilizes culture, progress, modernization, and real ideas and out of that recreates a new sound. You have expressed that
content is very important to you; where do you get your inspiration for writing lyrics for your songs?
I am inspired by the human experience; also, culture-- the lessons that you learn from cultural diversity. The intent of my music is that I try to be a person that reaches across the aisle and brings people of different minds and ideas and philosophies together to recognize our commonalities.
That is the particular intent of my music. To do that, I real- ize you can't just sit in the studio, or sit in your own world to be able to have an in depth understanding. So I take it upon myself to travel and go all around the world [to learn about differ- ent cultures].
I make sure that some of it I know from my education and from study, and some of it I go to the source to make sure I understand cultures-- through my experiential understanding.
want to make sure I see it from the perspective of all cultures.
What is your hope for African
progress and empower- ment but also has this honesty to it, is the future. And I believe African artists like me who have always carried that shield are also a part of that emerg- ing future. Earlier you mentioned Kanye W est’ s among musi- cians you like, can you tell me more?
music? You see I feel that African music is basically the future. African music has always been the future, because when you look at rap and you look at all contemporary music they have their roots in African music. Africa has never had an opportunity for its own artists to be given a platform like those given to
artists here [USA]. I believe that right now as the world is moving into a stage where people are demanding things that are real [As in so many movements lately]; African music will become more popular. I think that music that articulates things that are real like the spiritual needs of people andalso everyday themes like love,
Well, you know, I like Kanye West, not in terms of the content, but in terms of the musicality and his produc- tions abilities. In terms of hip hop, I believe that he is one of the only ones who is mov- ing that art form into a place of innovation. He is constant- ly pushing the boundaries in terms of production.
But when it comes to con-
tent, I am inspired by political figures like Mandela and spiritual figures like Gandhi, You know, Mother Teresa and a whole lot of other spir- itual leaders that are working to infuse human kind with the need for compassion and the need for people to engage with each other. We are all part of elevating each other.
Is there one thing we should know about Rocky Dawuni beyond the music and accomplishments?
No matter where I am or what I am doing, I am a child of Africa. I am a child of Africa. I promote Africa, I defend
Africa, not only
because Africa is my home, but also because Africa is the roots of all mankind. In doing so, by extension I am fighting on behalf of every- body. But I want people to recognize that fact. Because there is no tree that can exist, no matter how big it gets, if the roots are weak-- the tree is bound to fall.” History teaches us that Africa is that root of all mankind and through music and diversity, Dawuni cham- pions for us all.
HAIL THE NEW MISS AFRICA USA 2012
the Leon H Sullivan Foundation and the African Women's Development Foundation both registered non-profits in the United States of
achieve her dreams as a Goodwill Ambassador. After a series of competition in Platform Presentations and Public Speaking, Talent, Fashion, traditional girl appearance, the top 10 countries were announced. The top 10 were able to compete in one more round of fashion and style before the Judges elected the top five delegates.
The top ten included the fol- lowing countries: Sierra Leone, Congo, Nigeria, Liberia, Kenya, Republic of Guinee, Ghana, Ethiiopia, Cape Verde and the Republic of Cameroon. The top five were: Ghana in 5th Place, Nigeria in 4th place, Guinee in 3rd place, Liberia in 3rd place and Cameroon walked home with the Crown.
The Pageant congratulates all 16 delegates who partici- pated in the Pageant this year. They all have a strong passion for their chosen causes and the Pageant organization is working closely with the Leon Howard Sullivan Foundation to give each delegate an opportunity to pursue their passions as Good will Ambassadors through a Special Program called the AFRIPOLITAN CLUBS.
More details will follow.
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