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13 Questions for Amina Kamara



It feels good to be queen. Just ask Amina Kamara, the first ever Miss West Africa, who was crowned Saturday the 8th of November 2008 at the prestigious Conway Hall in London. The beautiful pageant representing Sierra Leone stole the show in a beautiful green dress by Keni Magma amongst 11 other great pageants from various countries. The beauty shed tears as her mother ran up to hug her in her victory walk.

African Vibes Online’s AV Reporter caught up with Amina Kamara shortly after her win with 13 Questions:

AVReporter: Now that you have won the crown, what are the first three things you would do as Miss West Africa?
The first thing has been done already; I had a celebration with my closest friends. So the next two things you should find me engaging in soon is working with sickle cell charities as this is a main concern of mine and touring West Africa which I’m very much looking forward to.

AVReporter: Have you ever been to Sierra Leone?
Yes, I visited Sierra Leone in 2003. It was amazing to see my family and my two sisters I had never met before.

AVReporter: Have you encountered any issue with the fact that you are London born and raised?

Well, I’ve not come across that yet; everyone I’ve met has embraced me as Miss West Africa, which is a great symbol of growing unity within our people’s mentality. I’ve never personally experienced any negativity towards me because of my ethnicity. I always worked hard for what I want. When Obama won the elections, Africa celebrated, even more so Kenya. No matter what ‘science’ the government or a passport may say, I am an African of Sierra Leone origin. For those that say I don’t deserve it, I can only say actions speak louder than words, and I can assure everyone that if they are of West African heritage they surely would appreciate my reign as Miss West Africa.

AVReporter: What are some of your aspirations?
I aspire to be one of the best beauty pageants ever. I don’t want people to look at me and simply say ‘Oh that was Miss West Africa 2008′. I want to set standards for Miss West Africa; I want people to know this title is more than a few photo shoots and events. There are political and social conflicts between and within West African countries, as well as horrific poverty in many areas. I can not change this, but I wish to use my position to highlight it. I aspire to be someone who when you can look at and say she was a true hero and took full advantage to do the best she could as Miss West Africa and as an aspiring model.

AVReporter: How do you think the combination of brainpower and beauty is important in achieving your goals and aspirations?
I think this is very important. Beauty attracts a lot of attention. It is necessary to combine the two because young girls and generally everyone wants to be beautiful, being beautiful and an intelligent role model makes them aspire to the characteristics attached. Just as we see some celebrities before our time were the centre of attention we aspired to their characters no matter how good or bad because we all wished we would be in their shoes some day. I think it’s also important for the guys as well, seeing a beautiful smart female figure gives them something to look forward to when in search of that right partner. And most importantly people are naturally interested in beautiful people, they want to know more about them, being beautiful and intelligent allows you to raise issues they might never have cared for before you exposed it, so beauty and brains actually is very important and that’s why most beauty pageants are attached to goodwill work.

AVReporter: What are your words of wisdom:
Don’t underestimate anyone

AVReporter: How about your secret to success:
If I told, it wouldn’t be a secret, he he

AVReporter: Fair enough. Who inspires you the most?
My Mum. She is a prime example of a strong woman who looks after her family.

AVReporter: What are some of your favourite beauty brands?
I mainly use beauty products such as Simple for exfoliation, Mac and Mary Kay products for make up.

AVReporter: Your favorite all time 3 movies:
Blood Diamonds (because it is based in my country Sierra Leone), Ironman, Love & Basketball

AVReporter: Your favorite all time 3 books:
Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren, Screw it Lets Do It by Richard Branson and Garanteed Success by Percy Miller (Master P)

AVReporter: What is your sign (Zodiac)

AVReporter: What is your favorite dish from Sierra Leone?
No doubt, Cassava Leaf.


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  1. Georgiana

    December 20, 2008 at 5:13 am

    I am glad that you are miss West Africa. I am from West Africa, Sierra Leone . Congratulation for your achivement. It is time for africans to come to together and help our people who are suffering with poverty. United Africa will stand! “One Loveto you .”

  2. Cornelia

    January 30, 2009 at 4:00 am

    CONGRATULATIONS,MISS West Africa….Who says all Queens are equal?
    It’s time 4 Africans to break the silence and do great exploits with our God given potentials and be the change /the best in all arenas of life on the platform of Love and unity .
    Am blessed to be an African[Cameroonian].
    You are a woman of valour,endeavour to leave a legacy in that which you’ve been nominated …make Africa the light of the world.
    Adieu Africa!

  3. The beuty of west Africa

    April 11, 2009 at 5:36 am


  4. MCC

    April 11, 2011 at 5:01 pm

    All Black Women are Queens, we just have to know this. We come from legacy of Kings & Queens!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Peace & Blessings and My Person Will you the Best……………….

    P.S. It is great news to hear how you are striving to address poverty in the 3rd world country not just look at beauty. It is a wonderful thought and a act of ” Love”. (fetch back)!!!!!!!!!!!

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😲 If You Are A Tanzania Female MP Who Does One Of These Things, You Will Be Banned Says Speaker of Parliament



Job Ndugai

Tanzania Speaker of Parliament Job Ndugai banned some women Members of Parliament (MPs) from stepping into parliament.  He said on September 10th that women with false eyelashes and false fingernails will not be allowed to enter the legislative house.

“With the powers vested in me by the Constitution of the United Republic of Tanzania, I now ban all MPs with false eyelashes and false fingernails from stepping into Parliament,” he said.

He said he was also consulting with experts before deciding on whether or not to ban those MPs who make use of make-ups excessively from entering the august House.

Mr Ndugai announced the ban shortly after the Deputy Minister for Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly and Children, Dr Faustine Ndugulile, told the House that women with false eyelashes and false fingernails face several health complications that cost the country dearly.

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Tallest Tower in East and Central Africa Opens for Business



Britam Tower, a 31-storey office complex in Upper Hill, Nairobi, was officially opened to the public on Friday, overtaking the nearby UAP Old Mutual Tower as Kenya’s tallest skyscraper.

The Sh7 billion tower, which sits on 1.5 acres on Hospital Road, comprises two separate buildings: a 32-storey office tower and a 15-storey parking silo with an interlinking bridge at the top floor which offers alternative means of evacuation during emergencies.

The building has a total lettable space of 350,000 square feet with 1,000 parking bays and is ready for occupation by diplomatic missions, multinationals, and financial institutions.

Britam Tower, whose construction started in early 2013 and ended in September 2017, boasts a prismic shape and at its widest it looks like a black pyramid with the top corner missing and from other views it is a more slender black prism.

The unusual design is achieved by having a footprint with four corners and then a roof with only two. The corners are crossed diagonally on the building to the upper levels as it tapers.

At 195 metres, Britam Tower is now the tallest building in East and Central Africa – and the third tallest in Sub-Saharan Africa.

“We have eight high-speed lifts to travel from the ground floor to the top floor in less than 30 seconds. These are the fastest in any building in Africa,” Britam Group managing director Benson Wairegi told journalists who toured the building on Friday.

Mr Wairegi added that the building will target diplomatic missions, multinationals, and financial institutions among other high-profile tenants.

“We are really looking for institutional tenants as opposed to individual tenants,” he said.

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Here Is The Speech From The 2018 National Security Symposium In Rwanda That Has Everyone Talking



Kenyan Professor P.L.O Lumumba is known for his thought provoking speeches so it comes as no surprise that he did not hold back his assessment of Africa’s predicament.

The three-day National Security Symposium opened at the Rwanda Defense Force Command and Staff College in Musanze District with contemporary security challenges in Africa on the agenda.

The symposium brings together 45 students from 10 countries namely: Czech Republic, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Nigeria, Senegal, Rwanda, Uganda, Tanzania and Zambia.

All participants hold ranks from Major to Lieutenant Colonel. Organised in collaboration with University of Rwanda, the symposium features academics, national security experts, researchers among others, and it is part of a one-year senior officers’ course offered at the college.


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