Eleven enlist for Miss ECOWAS contest

Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- Beauty queens from eleven countries will compete in the 8th edition of Miss ECOWAS pageant (Economic Community of West African States) scheduled Saturday in Bamako, the local press said Thursday.
Contestants will this year parade in traditional outfits, formal dresses and in "linpin" (traditional G-string worn in the past by African young girls), the press quoted the chairman of the organising committee of the pageant, Victor Ayobi, as saying.
"We must respect the tradition and culture of Mali which is a country mainly composed of Muslim people," Ayobi said in justification of the cancellation of bikini parade during the show.
The Ivorian government has offered a prize worth one million FCFA and dubbed Houphouët Boigny Award for the winner of the 2001 edition, who will also receive several gifts offered by the sponsors.
Evaluated at 100 million FCFA, the event will be enhanced by the presence of several internationally renowned artists like Ismael Isaac and Pierette Adams from Côte d'Ivoire and Mali's Oumou Sanare and Habib Koïta.
The contest will be broadcast live on Mali's Radio TV Office (ORTM) and on Africable, a continental TV channel broadcasting from Paris, the organisers said.
Bibata Cisse from Mali was crowned Miss ECOWAS 2000 in the 7th edition held in Benin.
The contest was established in 1994.

20 december 2001 18:56:00

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