Miss World Africa Atong Demach in Juba. [Gurtong | Waakhe Simon Wudu]
By Waakhe Simon Wudu
JUBA, 29 August 2012 [Gurtong]- Miss Atong won the crown amidst competition of this year world beauty pageant where 116 countries participated in the event.
Her success took the infant nation, South Sudan to another international scene. She now tasked with modeling the life of ordinary African youths and to make the world become a better place to live.
Executing her dream of “education for all”, the 24 year old queen called for youths to desist from spending most of their times uneconomically. She challenged them to avoid drinking.
“Have fun in your life but be the best person in your life. Focus a lot on your selves. We need not only government to make the world a better place,” Atong told Gurtong in an exclusive interview.
Atong was named during the period when the civil war between the two countries; Sudan and South Sudan was tense. Her name was given depicting the fragile situation then.
With sentiment, she said the portrait of her name represents hundreds of people suffering and needs support.
The last born in a family of nine children finished a Diploma in English-Arabic translation at University of Juba. She believes she is part of the solutions affecting lives of the young people today in the world and therefore, has a role to play in over coming these challenges.
The young South Sudanese lady rose to fame after winning South Sudan Miss Malaika 2009. She also participated in the Miss Earth 2010 before becoming the current Miss World Africa.
Atong is currently amidst the network of several beauty pageants and celebrities in the world.
She would want to use her position to deliver charity work and especially in the field of education.
South Sudan joins a tall list of other African countries, who have won the Miss World Africa prize. South Africa is the country with the most Miss World Africa titles, winning 11 in all, the most recent being last year when Bokang Montjane who was also in the top 7, won it. Emma Wareus of Botswana won Miss World Africa in 2010.
The finals of this year’s Miss World beauty pageant were held in the north eastern Chinese mining city of Ordos, Inner Mongolia, located on the edge of the Gobi desert.
True to pre-event predictions, China’s Wenxia YU, was crowned Miss World 2012 taking over from Miss World 2011 Ivian Sarcos of Venezuela.
This year marked the 62nd edition, and saw some 116 countries taking part, including the newly independent African nation South Sudan.