SaloneJamboree gets right to host Face of Peace Africa Salone
Sierra Leone’s foremost arts and entertainment media, SaloneJamboree, has been given the right to host the annual Face of Peace Africa Beauty Pageant (FOPA) in Sierra Leone. (Photo: FOPA 2012: Benson, who hails from Anambra State, has a Bsc in psychology from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN))
CEO of SaloneJamboree, Murtala Mohamed Kamara, was officially approached by the international organisers, Blumoon Imaginationz, to conduct the audition in Sierra Leone to get a local representative at this year’s FOPA to be hosted in Abuja, Nigeria, in November 16th 2013.
Blumoon Imaginationz successfully hosted the maiden edition of FOPA last year in the Orinetal Hotel, Lagos, Nigeria, and are set for the second edition with more participating countries. Zimuzo Benson, a Psychology graduate from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, emerged the winner, pocketing $10, 000 and a car.
This year, the organizers have concluded plans to have contestants from UK and other African countries including Sierra Leone. Each country will organize its own audition, and selected contestants from these countries will join the contestants in Nigeria to slug it out for the crown come November 16.
This year, prizes have also been varied. The winner will now win $15, 000 as against $10 000. She will also get a movie contract, trip abroad and wardrobe overhaul. First runner-up will walk away with $5000, 42 inches Plasma TV, a movie contract, a year beauty routine and trip to Ghana. The second runner-up will get 27 inches Plasma TV, movie contract, a year beauty routine, and trip to Obudu Cattle Ranch.
According to Kamara, this opportunity is a very good platform in the rebranding efforts of our country.
“It’s also a unique opportunity for business houses to showcase their brands and identify with the development of the local and international entertainment industry,” said Kamara.
He said the local audition contest will be professionally organized to give every Sierra Leonean contestant the opportunity to take part and would ensure that the whole process is free, fair and transparent.
“We want the right and most deserved Sierra Leonean female to represent us,” he emphasized, adding that it’s not just a SaloneJamboree event but a Sierra Leonean event requiring the support of every individual and institution.
Kamara called on government, especially the Ministry of Tourism and Culture, and well meaning companies and organizations, to take advantage of this unique opportunity to showcase Sierra Leone and the immense investment opportunities it offers.
Interested contestants will be furnished with information regarding participation in the event as soon as possible.
By Ahmed Sahid Nasralla (De Monk)
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