Winfred Adah Omwakwe, 21, of Nairobi, Kenya was crowned Miss Earth-Air 2002 at the Folk Arts Theater in Pasay City, Metro Manila, Philippines on October 20, 2002. She was runner-up to Miss Earth 2002 Džejla Glavović, 20, of Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Including Omwakwe and Glavović, 53 candidates competed for the crown. Aside from winning the title, the Bosnian contestant also Miss Talent and Miss Creamsilk.
However, on May 28, 2003, Glavović was dethroned. Miss Earth organizer Carousel Productions explained that she failed “to fulfill the duties and responsibilities as the Miss Earth title holder, in accordance with the rules and regulations set forth in the Miss Earth contract that she signed.”
On August 4, 2003, Omwakwe flew from Kenya to the Philippines. She had a brief stopover in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
On August 7, 2003, the Nairobi resident was formally crowned as the new Miss Earth 2002 at the Carousel Gardens in Mandaluyong City, Metro Manila. Because of her promotion, the other two runners-up will also be promoted and one of the Top 10 finalists will become an elemental queen.
Originally, Sladjana Bozovic of Yugoslavia was second runner-up and Miss Earth-Water 2002. Third runner-up Juliana Patricia Drosso of Greece was Miss Earth-Fire 2002.
Omwakwe is from the Luhya tribe. She is the youngest of three children and she has an older brother and an older sister.
In 1992, Omwakwe’s father died, which was followed by her mother’s death in 1994. Since then, Omwakwe’s older siblings served as her surrogate parents.
Before Miss Earth 2002, Omwakwe was a Miss Universe Kenya 2001 finalist. She was also Miss Tourism World Kenya 2002 first runner-up.