After a spectacular evening of music and live entertainment, 19-year-old student and part-time model, Mercy Aver Ukor, representing Nigeria, was crowned the winner of the Miss West Africa UK 2012. Runner up was Tonisha Tagoe, from Ghana and 3rd place went to Olivia Balou from the Ivory Coast.
The event was brilliantly hosted by James Sherwood and Kamilah McCalman who kept the audience happy with their lively commentary and on-stage banter.
In front of a panel of four judges, including fashion stylist Jason Boateng, former Miss West Africa UK winner Shireen Benjamin, photographer John Farrar and ex-beauty queen Tulla Morgan, the girls strutted their stuff in three separate sections – first a group dance routine, then individual interviews in traditional wear and finally a talent section before the crowning ceremony when the winners were announced.
Throught the show, DJ Fiifii expertly blended all the different elements of the pageant together including a special live performances by Sonniballi and other acts including Skob and F4 Fasion Victims.
Mercy studies business information systems at the University of Hertfordshire. She is a part-time model and proud of her African heritage. Now that she has been crowned Queen, Mercy will be acting as the ambassador both for Miss West Africa UK and our various charity campaigns, including the Joshua Tree Foundation, for the next year. She will also be able to realise one of her stated ambitions of raising awareness of child poverty in Africa.
As the winner of the 2012 Pageant, Mercy will be travelling to Freetown, Sierra Leone in December – courtesy of our sponsors Arik Air – to represent the UK in the Miss West Africa International Pageant.