Hair of Miss Africa 2018 catches fire before getting crowned in Nigeria

Dorcas Kasinde

Dorcas Kasinde

Representing the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Dorcas Kasinde, 24, was crowned Miss Africa 2018 Calabar on December 27, 2018. Before Miss Africa 2017 Calabar Gaseangwe Balopi, 22, of Botswana put the crown on the head of her successor, the Congolese beauty queen’s hair catches fire from the fireworks onstage.

Fortunately, people were quick to come to Kasinde’s rescue to extinguish the fire before it could cause damage. Among those who jumped onstage to help the Congolese model was Ebuka Obi-Uchendu, who co-hosted the coronation ceremony with Bonang Mathaba.

Shortly after, the new Miss Africa 2018 Calabar wore her crown and sat on her throne with a queenly smile. She assured her fans that she was doing fine and thanked all of her supporters for voting for her on social media.

Viewers at home were shocked as they witnessed the unexpected moment on live telecast. Some took to Twitter to share a clip of the accident.


As Miss Africa 2018 Calabar, Kasinde took home $35,000 and a sports utility vehicle. She will donate a portion of her prize money to Kulisha Foundation, Mihigo Foundation in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Runner-up to Miss Africa 2018 Calabar was Miss Nigeria Chimamaka Goodness Nnaemeka, who received $10,000. She is studying Food Science in the University of Nigeria, Nsukka.

Before Miss Africa 2018 Calabar, Nnaemeka was crowned Miss African Food Festival 2018. She received $3,000 from the Beatrice Bassey Ita Foundation, which was sponsored by Florence Ita-Giwa, This Day reported.

Miss Zambia Gladys Kayumba, 23, the Miss Africa 2018 Calabar second runner-up, was awarded $5,000. She is a university student studying Statistics.

Miss Africa 2018 Calabar was the third edition of the beauty pageant. The coronation ceremony took place at the Calabar International Convention Centre in Calabar City, Cross River State, Nigeria.

“This is a celebration of African beauty, brain and heritage,” Premium Times quoted Cross River State governor Ben Ayade as saying. “The world will see what African brain and beauty is all about. The judges should come down and look at those things that make a woman truly African; it is not just the skin color. Tunisians and Moroccans are light-skinned but they are Africans.”

The judges were Eyinna Nwigwe and Isabela Ayuk from Nigeria, Mathew Mensah from Ghana, Millen Magese from Tanzania, Nassima Mechalikh from Algeria and Neurite Mendes from Angola. The performers were Mr. Real, Tiwa Savage and Tuface Idibia.

A total of 25 contestants competed for the crown. Miss Sierra Leone Harrietta Alpha and Miss Ghana Dela Yawo Seade finished in the Top 5.

Also represented at Miss Africa 2018 Calabar were Algeria, Angola, Botswana, Burundi, Cameroon, Gambia, Kenya, Malawi, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Rwanda, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Tanzania, Togo, Tunisia, Uganda and Zimbabwe. Meanwhile, here is Kasinde’s post-coronation speech:

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