Bamako hosts 8th Miss ECOWAS contest in December

Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- The 8th Miss ECOWAS beauty contest takes place in Bamako 22 December, Yabobu Victor, chairman of the Organising Committee, has announced in the Malian capital.
He told a press conference that Mali was chosen as venue because of the success of the 1998 edition, also held in Bamako.
The reigning Miss ECOWAS, Bibata Cisse is Malian.
Organisers say 12 of ECOWAS' 15 Member States will take part in the 2001 edition, with contestants expected to parade in African traditional dresses.
The winner will receive about 1,500 US dollars' "Houphouet Boigny Prize," awarded by the Ivorian government as well as donations by other sponsors of the contest, expected to cost about to 140,000 US dollars to stage.
Since its inception in 1994, Gambia has won the crown twice - in 1994 and 1999.
Ghana won it in 1995, Cape Verde in 1996, Cote d'Ivoire in 1997, and Senegal in 1998, before Mali captured the trophy in 2000.

24 october 2001 14:31:00




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