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T&TEC’s African Queen Pageant

By Gary Cardinez

One of this year’s biggest Emancipation events took place on Sunday at the Centre of Excellence, Macoya when the T&TEC African Emancipation Committee held its African Queen Pageant.
With the theme “Celebrating the Journey” nine young ladies representing various sections of the company paraded before the judges. They were judged in three categories Afro-Centric wear, talent and question and answers.
Each queen represented a Caribbean island and a prominent female from that island and had to give the reason for choosing such a person.
Chanda La Touche from Head Office chose Cynthia Pratt from the Bahamas, Jodell Connell from Supplies chose Susanne Dracius of Martinique, Xia Charles from Tobago chose Eugenia Charles from Dominica, Kerry Ann Edmund from Central chose Dame Hilda Bynoe of Grenada, Natasha Vidal from
Mt Hope chose Ella Andall from Trinidad, Jenise Blackman from South chose Louis Benette-Covenley of Jamaica, Toni Mendes of North chose Marie Decartes of St Lucia, Anna Smith form Transmission chose Danita Barrow from Barbados and Adanna Ray from East chose Jamaica Kincaid of Antigua and Barbuda.
The sold-out audience at the Andre Kamperveen Hall at the Centre of Excellence Macoya, was very appreciative of the talent and African wear of the delegates.
It was also very pleasing to see so many people in the audience dressed in their African outfits including general manager Kelvin Ramsook.
The Queen pageant marked the final event of the T&TEC African Emancipation Committee’s month long celebrations of Emancipation 2014. Several of the Commission’s offices were decorated with African artifacts and cloth for the occasion.
Kerry Ann Edmund of Central was crowned Miss T&TEC African Emancipation Queen and she also took the prize for Miss Personality. Chanda La Touhe of Head Office came in second and also won Best Afro Centric Wear while Jodell Connell of Supplies placed third.
The committee gave out several awards to persons who assisted in the efforts to make the Emancipation celebrations the success it was while Norman Thompson and Shermain Sylvester won the Best Dress Male and Female patrons respectively and were rewarded for their “good” looks.
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