Miss Africa Utah program changing lives of young refugees and immigrants

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SALT LAKE CITY (News4Utah)- Miss Africa Utah is more than a pageant. It’s a cultural scholarship program that promotes Africa’s diverse culture and provides valuable life skills young women need to compete in today’s world.

Asma Dahir, the current Miss Africa Utah; Cheryl Neufville, Miss Liberia Utah; Pamela Hiirwa, Miss South Africa Utah, and Celeste Osei-Boamah, Miss Ghana Utah joined us in studio to talk about the upcoming event.

Miss Africa Utah 2017 said the non-profit organization behind the pageant, GK Folks Foundation, provides life-changing workshops to participants. The workshops are held over the course of three months and cover topics like public speaking, safety, personal finance, and other pageant related skills.

“At the end of these three months, these young women who have successfully completed the workshops participate in the Miss Africa Utah cultural competition to display and exhibit what they have learned,” Dahir explained.

Finally, during  the Miss Africa Utah pageant one lady is selected as a winner and qualifies for a scholarship.  This year’s pageant is March 30th at 7 p.m. at the Veridian Event Center in West Jordan located at 8030 South 1825 West.

People should expect a celebration of African culture and heritage. Each contests will showcase their countries’ culture through their authentic traditional outfit, their talents, dance, fashion and parade of their countries flag.

There will food,dance, drumming, fashion, and art from the African culture.

Don’t miss the fun!

Tickets are available online at www.missafricautah.org.

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