Launch: Africa UK Pageant 2020

Sunday 1st December I was kindly invited to the launch of The Africa UK Pageant, by Lyn who runs The Edge Events – and organised both the event and guest list.
Some of the fellow names who attended included: Amanda Nkomo, Ehino, Otaigbe, Fezz Jadezwni, Grace Tysapia, Lindi Kula, Mnoe Dwyili, Ntombi Baartman, Tememnotfo, Taffy Dhiliwhayo, Fazz, Nancy Chimbizi, Zah Makosi, David Brockway, Abru, Lauren, Mukta Sareen, Thandie and Claire Turpin, to name a few,

Located at the prestigious Cloud 23, in The Hilton Hotel, Manchester, on arrival all guests were treated to a glass of champagne and some delicious canapés! My personal favourite had to be the macaroons that kept going past, certainly guilty of having a few of them!


Walking down the red carpet you were captivated by the sounds of an incredibly talented violinist who was playing for everyone to enjoy on their way through to the main event. In addition, there was a surprise act, Winnie, who is an impeccable African Dancer. Winnie took to the floor and entertained guests with a traditional African Dance, and people even started to join in!

Yanela talked to us about her empowerment programme, followed by Samantha Leslie who wowed the crowds with some fantastic singing, really setting the scene for a party well into the night!

So what is The UK Africa Pageant? Mrs South Africa Semi-Finalist Yanela, discovered that there was a gap in the UK Market. There was not a similar platform for beautiful and intelligent African women who are living in the UK. With that in mind, Yanela decided to create something new, fresh and focusing on African women who are currently based in the UK.

Whenever someone says the word pageant you automatically think about fake tans, make up and certainly ‘conventional beauty’. Yanela wanted to change the whole concept of these traditions and wanted to offer more to the contestants in the form of empowerment, and an empowerment programme launching in 2020. Following the launch, the search is now on for married or unmarried women aged between 30-50. Women who are relatable, strong, brave and driven.


I’d like to take this moment to thank both Lyn and Yanela for such a lovely afternoon, and despite getting over the most horrific cold, I still managed to leave the event in high spirits.

To keep updated with all this Africa UK Pageant related, make sure you check out the social media pages @AfricaUKPageant for updates, and get involved using the #AfricaUKPageant2020.

For further information, please check out the website: 

For further information about Lyn, and The Edge Events, please check out The Edge Events facebook page here

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