Africa

Nigeria’s Nyekachi Douglas crowned Miss World Africa 2019 in London, England

Nyekachi Douglas, 20, of Nigeria was one of the finalists in Miss World 2019. She finished in the Top 5 in the 69th edition of the oldest running international beauty pageant in the world.

Hosted by Peter Andre and Miss World 2013 Megan Young of the Philippines, the Miss World 2019 coronation night took place at the ExCeL London in London, England and on December 14, 2019 was broadcast on E!, London Live and Univision. It featured performances by Andre, Lulu and the Misunderstood duo Stephan Benson and Jeffrey Okyere.

It was Toni-Ann Singh, 23, of Jamaica who was crowned Miss World 2019. She bested 110 other candidates from around the world.

Runner-up to Singh was Ophély Mézino, 20, of France while Suman Rao, 21, of India was second runner-up. Elís Miele Coelho, 20, of Brazil also finished in the Top 5.

Prior to the coronation night, Douglas was one of the 10 Beauty with a Purpose finalists and one of the 10 Head-to-Head challenge winners and she won the Top Model competition. She was the first runner-up in the Sports challenge and made it to the Top 27 of the talent competition.

Moreover, Douglas was crowned Miss World Africa 2019 while Coelho was Miss World Americas 2019, Rao was Miss World Asia 2019 and Mézino was Miss World Europe 2019. The other continental queens were Miss World Caribbean 2019 Tya Janè Ramey, 21, of Trinidad and Tobago and Miss World Oceania 2019 Tajiya Eikura Sahay, 26, of Cook Islands.

Headed by Julia Morley, the panel of judges included Piers Morgan, Mike Dickson, Kamal Ibrahim, Zandra Rhodes, Marsha Rae Ratcliff OBE, Miss World 1975 Wilnelia, Lady Forsyth-Johnson, Miss World 2008 Ksenia Sukhinova, Miss UK 2014 Carina Tyrell and Miss New Zealand 2015 Dr. Deborah Lambie. Two creative directors from KB Couture also served as judges.

Douglas was born in Ibaa, Emohua LGA, Rivers State, Nigeria. Representing the Rivers State, she was crowned Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria at the Gabriel Okara Cultural Centre in Yenegoa, Bayelsa, Nigeria on October 11, 2019.

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