The African Students Association (ASA) will once again host Miss Africa PSU, a yearly pageant  honoring black women of African descent.

This year is the sixth year of the pageant and the theme is “The New Chapter. Redefining Black Radiance.” Leading up to the pageant, the group has done various social media campaigns and participated in a flash performance in the HUB Friday afternoon.

Many general body members of the group gathered on the HUB steps as music started to play and the ASA dance team grabbed the crowd’s attention through a few dance selections.


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Following the dances, the six pageant members were introduced to the crowd. The contestants range from all majors and backgrounds, and each person represents a country in Africa. For this year’s pageant, freshman Danielle Ibuaka will represent Nigeria, freshman Danieltta Pantoe will represent Liberia, junior Melike Mensah will represent Ghana, junior Bana Kaleab will represent Eritrea, freshman Obse M. Tolla will represent¬†Ethiopia and senior Nicole’Ester Panzo will represent Angola.

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The African Students Association has been around on Penn State’s campus since 1969. The goal of the organization is to “unite sons and daughters of the Motherland and all those concerned with its welfare through constructive student engagement we will foster a better understanding of each other and the issues affecting Africa.”

Miss Africa PSU will take place on Sunday, December 4th in Heritage Hall at the HUB-Robeson Center. Doors open at 4 p.m. and the event is free of charge. For more information, visit the group’s website here.

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