JUBA, SOUTH SUDAN. Aheu Kidum Deng, Miss South Sudan 2009, is geared up to represent the Autonomous Government of South Sudan in the international Miss Earth 2009 beauty pageant. Aheu was earlier crowned as Miss South Sudan 2009 in Juba, the capital city of South Sudan. The event was attended by Agnes Lukudu, the Minister of Environment, Wildlife, and Tourism of South Sudan.
Aheu’s participation to the environmentally-conscious pageant was confirmed by the organizers of Beauties of Africa, Inc., the franchise holder of Miss Earth South Sudan. Aheu, 18 years old and a bubbly high school student, comes from South Sudan's city of Juba. She stands 195.58cm (6 feet and 5 inches). She deserves to be in the Guinness Book of World Records for being the tallest documented beauty queen ever to take part in any international beauty pageants.
She has been receiving numerous television show appearances, after bagging the Miss South Sudan 2009. In 2010, she will be in a world tour covering Asia, Europe, and South America as a spokesperson for South Sudan, following the Miss Earth 2009 pageant. South Sudan’s initial participation to Miss Earth was in 2008, when Nok Nora Duany represented South Sudan in the Miss Earth 2008. It was also the first entry of South Sudan in any of the grand slam pageants
NAIROBI, KENYA. Catherine Wanjiru Muturi was crowned Miss Earth Kenya 2009. She will represent the Republic of Kenya in the upcoming Miss Earth 2009. Kenya is known for the great variety of its wildlife and its big game animals associated with the African savanna.
She's 24 years old and she stands 5 feet and 10 inches tall. She currently works in the United States as a model. She considers herself as an environmentalist in her own ways. She is no doubt an advocate of green fashion.
Catherine explains that "environmental issues in Kenya include soil erosion, desertification, deforestation, water shortage & degraded water quality, poaching, and domestic & industrial pollution."
When asked about the current status of the forestry in Kenya, she elaborates s that "the output from forestry in Kenya has declined because of resource degradation." The Overexploitation over the past three decades has reduced her country’s timber resources by one-half. "At present only 2% of the land remains forested, and an estimated 50 square kilometers of forest are lost each year. This loss of forest aggravates erosion, the silting of dams and flooding, and the loss of biodiversity" she adds.
She admires Kenyan environmentalist, Wangari Maathai, who won the 2004 Nobel Peace Prize for organizing a grassroots movement in which thousands of people were mobilized over the years to plant 30 million trees in Kenya and elsewhere and to protest forest clearance for luxury development.
Catherine has been in an intensive training for the pageant and she will attempt to duplicate the feat of her fellow Kenyan, Winfred Adah Omwakwe, who became the first black representative and first from the African region to hold the Miss Earth title in 2002 when she succeeded the original winner, Džejla Glavović of Bosnia & Herzegovina . Glavović was stripped of her title for failing to fulfill her environmental duties.
The Miss Earth 2009 coronation night will be held on November 22, 2009 in the Island of Boracay, which was proclaimed by the famous British publication, TV Quick as the world's number one tropical beach.
2009 Marks the return to Miss Earth for Kenya after a two year absence.
ADDIS ABABA, ETHIOPIA. Genet Denboba Ogeto, Miss Earth Ethiopia 2009, is all set to represent the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, the oldest independent country in Africa in the international Miss Earth 2009 beauty pageant.
Genet comes from Ethiopia's capital city, Addis Ababa. She is 22 years old and works as an international model. She stands 5 feet and 10 inches (178cm).
LIBERVILLE, GABON. Marlyne Lea Ayenne, who was crowned Miss Gabon 2009 in December 2008, becomes the first reigning Miss Gabon to represent her country to the international Miss Earth 2009 beauty pageant.