Miss Deaf Africa is an annual event that unites the African continent behind a cause often overlooked by the hearing society. The pageant is all about highlighting the beauty and potential of the young women championing the interests of the deaf community.
The first Miss Deaf Africa was held in 2012 and was an initiative of Maria Sivertsen from South Africa, who has been teaching deaf people for over twenty years.
Seychelles, an archipelago in the western Indian Ocean, hosted the event for the first time on Saturday which also saw the launch of the first Miss Deaf Indian Ocean pageant.
Elisa Mundine from Mozambique was crowned Miss Deaf Africa 2018.  
Anita Gardner, the chief executive of Miss Deaf Africa and chairperson of the Seychelles’ Association of People with Hearing Impairment (APHI), the organiser of the event, said that the pageant has been a success and will be organised in Seychelles until another country decides to take ownership over it.
SNA presents in pictures the nine contestants who participated in the Miss Deaf Africa pageant in Seychelles.
 
Contestant number 1 — Debra Dogley — Seychelles

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Contestant number 2 — Chimwemwe Kamkwamba — Malawi

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Contestant number 3 — Adeline — Madagascar

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Contestant number 4 — Elisa Filomena Mundine — Mozambique

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Contestant number 5 — Sylvia Barthlomeus — Namibia

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Contestant number 6 — Mary Nakimuli — Uganda

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Contestant number 7 — Natasha Sibanda — Zimbabwe

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Contestant number 8 — Luzandre Van der Berg — South Africa

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Contestant number 9 — Kenewang Nfila — Botswana

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Source: Seychelles News Agency