Luyolo Mngonyama. Picture: Supplied.
Miss South Africa 2016 top 12 finalist, Luyolo Mngonyama of Mthatha, Eastern Cape is at Nigeria to participate in Miss Africa Calabar 2017, representing South Africa. 

Miss Africa Calabar is a beauty pageant which seeks to promote green economy whilst merging beauty and nature. Thirsty ladies between the ages of 18-25 years representing 40 African countries are set to compete,eventual winner will be the Face of the Christmas Festival/Carnival Calabar brand as well as the Cross River State Tourism Brand Ambassador on climate change and the Destination Cross River, Africa's warmest welcome brand.

Luyolo Mngonyama representing South Africa. Picture: Supplied

The main objectives of the pageant is to reshape climate change and human civilization.  

“How we respond will determine the future of human race. Our food system, our economies, our cities and communities are all adapting to the climate change globally. The fate of our planet we call home is uncertain and it is in our interest to come together and address the challenges we face.

South African beaut, Luyolo Mngonyama. Picture: Supplied. 

“We need to speak out, create awareness and help communities across the African continent adapt to challenges like rising sea levels, severe storms and more frequently flooding. We also have to create awareness on new farming methods that would support a healthy environment, minimize the negative impact the climate change poses on our communities and create better quality of life for farmers.

Miss African Calabar contestant, Luyolo Mngonyama. Picture: Supplied. 

“Climate Change affects everyone. Our actions and support can make a difference in how the world responds and adapts to its changing climate. It is with this resolve and conviction that gave birth to the Miss Africa pageant with the theme; Green Economy, a Tool For Sustainable Development”, says Sen. Prof. Benedict Ayade, Governor Cross River State Nigeria.

The pageant will take place on December 27 and will be live on DSTV Channel 198, for more information, visit