Ghyslaine Tchouaga of Cameroon Crowned Miss Africa USA 2011

Ghyslaine Tchouaga, 22, from Cameroon, has won the 6th Miss Africa USA Pageant. (Photo by Tsedey Aragie for Tadias Magazine)

Tadias Magazine

By Tadias Staff

Published: Sunday, November 13, 2011

New York (TADIAS) – Twenty-two-year-old Ghyslaine Tchouaga of Cameroon was crowned Miss Africa USA 2011 on Sunday after beating fifteen other finalists. Ms. Tchouaga was born and raised in the capital Yaoundé and migrated to the U.S. six years ago.

The scholarship and beauty pageant, which celebrated its 6th anniversary, was held at the Hilton in Silver Spring, Maryland. It also included cultural performances by the participants.

Tsige Hussein, a 29-year-old aspiring Nurse from Virginia who represented Ethiopia, finished in the top ten but did not qualify for the final rounds. She was named Miss Photogenic. “I gave it my best shot,” she said.

“Over all she did good, but her speech needed more work,” said Markos Huluka, who represented Tsige through his Konjo Models & Fashion Group. “Her cultural performance brought down the house.”

Tsedey Aragie, who covered the event for Tadias said: “It’s true that her song selection [from the South] was fantastic. But, had she also incorporated a monologue explaining elements of our culture and history, it may have worked out better.”

“Given that she had only two months to prepare, I think she did fine,” Markos said. “What I witnessed today was the beauty, grace, and the diversity of the African continent.” He added: The lesson for us is that we can easily win this thing.”

Markos said he is already looking forward to 2012. “We’re going to go out to over 22 states to find the winning candidate for next year,” he said. “We’re going to reach out to colleges and universities across the country.”

According to the organizers, the pageant is designed to empower young women in the United States as goodwill ambassadors to Africa. Past winners have gone on to join forces with Habitat for Humanity, Concern USA, as well as Russell Simmons’s Diamond Empowerment Fund, to help raise money for various causes benefiting communities in Africa and the United States. Last year’s winner, Fifi Soumah of Guinea, a student at Montgomery College in Maryland, established a foundation in her native country to help promote free education for disadvantaged young girls.

The competition this year included a series of interviews which required each candidate to present a social message. The winner said she wants to use her new role to “raise awareness about hunger in Africa.”

Below are photos from the event:


Tsige Hussein and Markos Huluka at the 2011 Miss Africa USA Pageant. Tsige, who represented Ethiopia, was named Miss Photogenic. (Photo by Tsedey Aragie for Tadias Magazine)


The judges at the 2011 Miss Africa USA Pageant. (Photo by Tsedey Aragie for Tadias Magazine)


Tsige Hussein. (Photo by Tsedey Aragie for Tadias Magazine)


At the 2011 Miss Africa USA Pageant. (Photo by Tsedey Aragie for Tadias Magazine)


(Photo by Tsedey Aragie for Tadias Magazine)


Ghyslaine Tchouaga after winning the crown. (Photo by Tsedey Aragie for Tadias Magazine)

The judges at the 2011 Miss Africa USA Pageant. (Photo by Tsedey Aragie for Tadias Magazine)

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8 Responses to “Ghyslaine Tchouaga of Cameroon Crowned Miss Africa USA 2011”


  1. 1 Joseph Jamene Nov 15th, 2011 at 8:49 am

    Miss Photogenic is a title of great respect. It could open the door for Tsige Hussein to the world of public services.

    A photogenic personality is a great factor for leadership.

    My compliments.

  2. 2 Daniel Nov 15th, 2011 at 12:59 pm

    Congratulations my dear, i am so proud of your performance. It is pride for your Africa as a whole and for Cameroon in particular. The world knows that despite the difficulties in Africa, African children still stand for what they believe in. You never lost sight of your origin despite your six years in the USA and i know God will lead you to do many things for your country. Keep on the fight. I wish all the best.

  3. 3 Markos (Mark) Huluka Nov 16th, 2011 at 12:38 am

    Our team work will never be a short shot that will soon be forgotten instead we have inspired so many to come forward across the country. Thank you for never giving up even though it was so hard to carry on at times. We made our name to be written by a bright inc for as others to see and to follow and know that this can’t be the end as we go on there is so much for us to do so together we can walk to the destance. Thanks again to “Tadias magazine team for your support in the time of our most need.

  4. 4 Eduardo Byrono Nov 16th, 2011 at 12:50 am

    Dear Miss Photogenic:

    Standing before the eyes so many for an important cause by itself is a great achivment so you must proud of yourself as you made us all proud. as you walk forward to a bright future please stand for while and look behind to be Thankful of those who stood by your side. Thank you for proving to every one that we are beyond what the world think of us.

  5. 5 Ras Mitat Nov 16th, 2011 at 11:13 am

    Tsige Hussein, you gave it your best shot! That’s all that is required. Next time, we will be on top. Indeed, you are Miss Photogenic! That’s what konjo means!!

  6. 6 Beverly Adewoyin Nov 17th, 2011 at 6:58 pm

    Concerning the newly crowned Miss. Africa USA; I was and still am touched by this young women whose charitable acts did not start with this pageant. On Saturday’s she volunteered to serve homeless people at one of the shelter kitchens.
    She worked as a compassionate care giver to elderly patients.
    She obviously sought out a dramatic presentation which enhances our understanding of the pain and courage of a dynamic woman/former slave. Sojourner Truth.
    Ghyslaine Tchouaga is more than a pretty face our queen,is a young women of beauty, grace,charm, intellect,charactor and pride that sets the example for all Africans.
    May your reign be one of great success in all God sets your hands to do and accomplish.

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  8. 8 Sharon Cummings, MBA Mar 9th, 2012 at 8:53 am

    She is such a humble and delightful woman. I am so proud to have met her.

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