Leila Lopes, the reigning Miss Universe, stopped over in Accra this month on a five-country tour of West Africa. The Angolan winner of the crown is the second Black African woman to fill this much-coveted role (following Mpule Kwelagobe of Botswana in 1999). In addition to Ghana, Lopes visited Senegal, Ivory Coast, Nigeria and Togo to raise awareness about HIV/AIDS prevention. This is a part of her mission as a UN Goodwill Ambassador in completion of the United Nation’s Millennium Development Goals.
The SOS Tour in Africa is organized by Roberta Annan Consulting Group.
As a souvenir, Lopes received a gold necklace engraved with Adinkra symbols to signify the importance of her visit to Ghana. Lucky girl.
As Miss Universe, Lopes also receives these cool perks during her tenure: a shoe collection from Chinese Laundry; a one-year scholarship (including housing) from the New York Film Academy; luxury accommodations in a NYC apartment, including living expenses; a year-long salary; and extensive travel opportunities (in a private plane) with unlimited access to movie premieres, film festivals, Broadway shows and launch parties worldwide, along with much much more.
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