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George Mbella

Lady Kate Njeuma successfully organised another edition of the beauty pageant at the Montgomery College Performing Arts Center in Silverspring, Maryland, on Saturday, July 24, 2010.

The colourful Grand Final and Coronation event was attended by African Ambassadors to the US, local elected officials, university professors, sponsors, friends, family members and a crowd of anxious spectators, who cheered the 32 finalists present, representing different African countries in the USA.

According to a press release from the Miss Africa USA Newsroom, Miss Fatoumata (Fifi) Souma, 21 years old, representing the Republic of Guinea-Conakry, was crowned as the African Queen of Beauty in the USA. She speaks fluent French and English and is a full time student at Montgomery College with a major in Communication. Fifi was given the mission to raise awareness and enhance the fight against the practice of female genital mutilation (FGM), as well as promote education of the girl child in Guinea by teaming up with charitable organisations across the US that serve needy communities.

Runners up were Natasha Beckley (Sierra Leone), Priscilla Boateng (Ghana), Coretta Antchouey (Gabon) and Roseline Amusu (Nigeria). Miracle Edison, the finalist from Cameroon who resides in Texas, made it to the top fifteen but failed to grab the crown.

Miss Africa-USA pageant is gaining popularity in the USA for it serves as a window to project Africa's rich culture and beauty in the USA. This year, the event was chaired by Valerie Ervin, Vice President of Montgomery County Council, who presented a proclamation to the Miss Africa-USA pageant. Other prominent Cameroonians who participated were Joseph Eyong, Aide to Valerie Ervin, Linda Arrey, the Pageant Coordinator, and Dr. Aretha Makia, a former beauty queen who hosted this year's event.

Besides organising the Africa-USA pageant yearly through the African Women's Development Foundation, AWDF, Inc, that she heads, Lady Kate Njeuma also plays key roles in mobilising Africans in the USA for cultural and philanthropic initiatives that benefit needy populations in Africa, in general and her native Cameroon, in particular.

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