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Valerie Ayena Is Miss Cameroon 2013 

By Esther Qui Beunkee — Denise Valerie Ayena is the most beautiful woman in Cameroon. Miss Ayena beat 19 other beauty pageants on Friday night, August 9, in the 2013 edition of Miss Cameroon contest, to wear the crown.

The 22-year-old 1.80 metre catwalk model in South Africa is a third year student in Corporate Communication. A six-man jury, headed by Victor Yapobi, President of the committee in charge of Miss Ivory Coast, proclaimed her winner after thirty minutes of deliberations.

Runners-up in the contest include; Alice Elizabeth Aboya Nkono, Irene Grace Fouda, Jules Marie Estelle Edima Ndanga, Flora Jenny Julia Mbarga and Bodianga Bodi Nsang, respectively.
Miss Ayena claimed a prize money of FCFA 200.000, plus FCFA 2 million offered by the Ministry of Arts and Culture, a three-day trip to France for the Monaco Festival and other prizes offered by companies.

The Cameroon beauty queen, alongside her Ivorian counterpart, Miss Aissata Dia, will represent Africa for the 63rd edition of Miss World contest in Indonesia, on September 28, 2013. However, many have complained that the prize money for the winner of the contest is too small for the Cameroon beauty ambassador.

In next door Nigeria, for instance, Miss Nigeria 2013, Ezinne Akudo, got a cash prize of 3 million naira (about FCFA 9 million), a brand new car, one-year’s stay at a luxury apartment and an all expense paid trip to California, USA, and a whole lot more. However, unlike in previous editions, this year’s competition received more attention and even had a live coverage by CRTV.

The ceremony, which took place at the Yaoundé Congress Hall, was organised by the Committee in charge of Miss Cameroon, COMICA, in partnership with CRTV, was heavily attended by modelling agents, celebrities, designers, dignitaries, families, friends and well-wishers.

CRTV’s Dora Shey and Yves De Mbella, Cameroonian-born Ivorian television presenter, hosted the show. Although Anglophones were poorly represented, Miss Bodi Nsang featured among the five runners-up.She is a Level 400 student of the Department of Sociology and Anthropology in the University of Buea, UB.

(UB Journalism Student On Internship)

First published in The Post print edition no 01455

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