Adar Yusuf Ibrahim, who represented Somalia at the 9th edition of Miss University Africa, made history by becoming the first Muslim woman wearing a hijab to win a continental title. Miss Africa University 2021.
Miss University Africa, which is the brain child of the African Personality Forum, is a non bikini competition comprising the 55 African countries, aims to promote decent dress culture in Africa, promotion of African unity, religious tolerance and the celebration of the African woman.
The 2021 edition was held in Abuja, the capital of Nigeria, in partnership with the Office of the Minister of State, Federal Capital Territory, Dr Ramatu Tijini Aliyu had a 14-day training camp including the grand finale took place on December 18, 2021 with several foreign ambassadors, an African Union delegation and senior government officials in attendance.
After hours of rich exhibition of African beauties with Brains, Adar Yusuf Ibrahim was announced the winner and crowned by his predecessor Marlise Sacur of Mozambique as the new Queen of Africa.
Miss Ibrahim who was thrilled to win the title shared her experience and plans for the future. “I am very excited tonight to be crowned Miss Africa University and the first person in history to win an international crown for my country after a lot of hard work and support from the Somali community around the world, this title does is not for me but for my nation and its people who never give up on their dreams that Somalis can compete anywhere in the world if given the right opportunity ”.
Miss Yusuf also shared her plans to tour Africa as an advocate for women’s rights and free education on the continent. His first trip would be to the African Union headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia to share his vision before visiting other African countries.
She has since arrived in her country, Somalia, where she was warmly welcomed and received by the government of her country and was greeted by the president of the country. She is also the first Hijab woman to win a continental crown in Africa.