Congolese representative, Miss Dorcas Kasinde, has been crowned Miss Africa 2018, in the just concluded beauty pageant hosted by the Cross River State government.
Nigeria’s Chimamaka Goodness Nnaemeka, and Zambia’s Gladys Kayumba, emerged first and second runner-up respectively.
The 2017 winner, Gaseangwe Balopi from Botswana, crowned Kasinde as the new queen on Thursday.
However, after Kasinde was announced as the winner, the stage fireworks were let loose and the afro wig donned by the new Miss Africa caught fire.
The incident caused a brief panic on the stage as host of the show, Ebuka Obi-Uchendu, and Balopi, ex-Miss Africa, frantically tried to put out the fire.
The video of the bizarre incident was shared on Twitter by one @SIREHABBIIBB and @dorcasDugan.
— Habib Lateef O. (@SIREHABBIIBB) December 28, 2018
— oge o.🌼 (@dorcasDugan) December 28, 2018
The Congolese beauty queen will take home $35,000 and a sports utility vehicle (SUV) as her winning prize.
The Nigerian representative earned $10,000 while Zambia’s Kayumba will be given $5,000 for her effort.
The top five contestants were Miss Zambia, Miss Nigeria, Miss Sierra Leone, Miss Congo, and Miss Ghana.
Award-winning music songstress, Tiwa Savage, also thrilled the quests at the event in Calabar.