Just weeks after the crowning of 21 year old Precious Okeke as winner of the pageant, the organizers have disqualified the queen and passed the crown over to the first runner-up Sonia Ike.
This is what they had to say:
The Miss Black Africa UK finals took place on the 5th of October with the judging panel made up of Ini Edo, Adebayo Jones, Sporah Njau, Jenni Steele and Kunle Lawani. The Miss Black Africa pageant is the largest ethnic pageant in the UK, with over a thousand applications received in 2013. Miss Black Africa is also the current holder of the BEFFTA Best Beauty Pageant in the UKÂ Award.
Miss Black Africa pageant director Dele Onabowu said ” I am sure that the girls in question did not try to flout the rules. This is a case of failing to read ourÂ terms and conditionsÂ when applying. Our online application formÂ makes it impossible to submit your entry without first confirming that you have read and understood ourÂ terms and conditions. Next to the checkbox is a link to ourÂ terms and conditions. The Miss Black Africa organisation takes it’s rules,Â terms and conditionsÂ very seriously. This is an unfortunate incident for everyone involved but we have to move on from this point”.
As a result of this development, the 2nd runner up, Sonia Ike from Nigeria has been crowned the new Miss Black Africa UK, Alexalyn Owuadey from Ghana – 1st Runner Up and Tara Daviess the 2nd Runner Up.
19 yearÂ Old Sonia Ike has now been crowned and says that she can’t wait to start her charity project in Nigeria. The 6ft 1 model is from Imo State, Nigeria.