Miss Universe 2016 Iris Mittenaere of France is set to pass her crown to her successor on Nov. 26, Sunday, at The AXIS at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas, Nevada. Vying to be Miss Universe 2017 are 92 candidates, 10 of which are from Africa.
- Miss Angola Lauriela Martins, 19
Hailing from Cabinda, Angola, Martins is a college freshman studying Architecture. She loves swimming and going to the beach. She speaks English and Portuguese.
- Miss Egypt Farah Sedky, 23
Sedky is a native of Cairo, Egypt and she speaks English, Arabic, French, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish. She graduated with highest honors from Al-Alsun Faculty of Languages at Ain Shams University where she studied Spanish and Portuguese philology and literature and currently, she is studying at the University of Oviedo in Spain.
- Miss Ethiopia Akinahom Zergaw, 22
Zergaw is a college student taking up Management and Fashion Design. She is from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and she speaks Amharic.
- Miss Ghana Ruth Quashie, 23
Quashie graduated from the University of Ghana Business School. She is a model who speaks English, Fante and Twi fluently.
- Miss Mauritius Angie Callychurn, 28
Callychurn has a Mass Communication degree and she is a qualified Colour Consultant. Hailing from Curepipe, Mauritius, she speaks English, French and Creole.
- Miss Namibia Sune January, 23
As a student, Sune spent years in India where she also worked as a model. She speaks English and she is from Rehoboth, Namibia.
- Miss Nigeria Stephanie Agbasi, 22
Agbasi is a law student at the University of Nigeria and she is in her final year. She is from Neni, Nigeria and she speaks English.
- Miss South Africa Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters, 22
Nel-Peters is from Sedgefield, Western Cape, South Africa and she speaks English and Afrikaans. She has a North West University graduate with a Business Management degree.
- Miss Tanzania Lilian Maraule, 22
Maraule is from Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania. She is a radio personality who speaks English, Swahili, Khosa, Tswana and Zulu.
- Miss Zambia Isabel Chikoti, 26
A Sumy State University graduate, Chikoti has a Management degree. She is from Chingola, Zambia and she speaks English and Bemba.