Tuesday, October 11, 2011

ANGOLA | 2012 Meet the Misses e.2 - Miss Angola Mundo 2011/2012

 Angola is a country in south-central Africa bordered by Namibia on the south, the Democratic Republic of the Congo on the north, Zambia on the east and the Atlantic Ocean on the west. The exclave province of Cabinda has borders with the Republic of the Congo and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Angola has a land area of  1,246,620 square kilometers. The nation has four principal natural regions: the arid coastal lowland, green hills and mountains, the high plateau and rain forest in the north and in Cabinda. The coast is for the most part flat, with occasional low cliffs and bluffs of red sandstone. The coastal lowland rises from the sea in a series of low terraces. The Atlantic Ocean's cold, northward flowing Benguela Current substantially reduces precipitation along the coast, making the region relatively arid. The northern extension of the Namib Desert is located south of Benguela. The approach to the great central plateau of Africa is marked by the west-central highlands, a series of irregular escarpments parallel to the coast. The Cuanza River divides the mountain zone into two parts. The northern part rises gradually from the coastal zone to an average elevation of 500 meters. On the southern part, the hills rise sharply from the coastal lowlands and form a high escarpment. The escarpment is steepest in the far south in the Serra da Chella mountain range. The high plateau lies to the east of the hills and mountains and dominates Angola's terrain. It consists of rolling plains, and low hills with scanty vegetation. The high plateau and the nearby coastal areas have long been among the most densely settled areas in Angola. In the east the tableland falls away to the basins of the Congo and Zambezi, to the south in Namibia it merges into a barren sandy desert. Angola's population is estimated to be 18,498,000. It is composed of Ovimbundu, Ambundu, Bakongo and other ethnic groups including the Ovambo, the Ganguela and the Xindonga. The Ambundu and Ovimbundu nations combined form a majority of the population. Portugal has been present in Angola for 400 years, occupied the territory in the 19th and early 20th century, and ruled over it for about 50 years. As a consequence, both countries share cultural aspects, language and religion. The diverse ethnic communities maintain to varying degrees their own cultural traits, traditions and languages, but in the cities, where slightly more than half of the population now lives, the Portuguese heritage has been emerging since colonial times especially in the capital city, Luanda. Angola debuted in Miss World 1998 and finished in second place in 2007. This year, Edmilza Nicósia Mota dos Santos, Miss Angola Mundo 2011/2012, will represent her nation in Ordos.


The Times of Beauty proudly presents Edmilza Nicósia Mota dos Santos, Miss Angola Mundo 2011/2012, in an exclusive interview for our interview series, Meet the Misses.

1. Give us an introduction of yourself.
Edmilza dos Santos is my name. I am 21 years old, I have four years of studies in organizational psychology, I am very attached to family, I am a very communicative person and very dedicated to everything I do.


2. Tell us a bit more about your country and hometown.
Angola is a wonderful country, it is still developing. However, it is very rich in natural resources, our flora and fauna is very large and diverse, and the minerals and oil represents the major economic powers of Angola. My hometown is a city with very humble and welcoming people. The city contain many important sights of Angola. I feel very proud to have been born in Malange.


3. What does it mean to you to represent your country at the 62nd Miss World finals?
It is certainly a great responsibility, I feel very honored to have the opportunity to represent my people. On an personal level, it means above all that I will dignify and elevate the name of my parents.


4. If you have to choose a song to describe yourself, which would choose and why?
I Look to You by Whitney Houston. The depth of the music lyrics conveys my feelings and my belief that God is always by my side and looking at me.



5. How would you describe a typical day in your life?
Exciting and cheerful. There are many activities throughout my day, but I'm always well-prepared.


6. Where do you see yourself 10 years from now?
Hopefully I will be exercising my profession as an organizational psychologist, probably married with kids, and certainly involved in the world of fashion.


7. Which well known person from your country you most admire and why?
I admire Ana Paula dos Santos, the first lady of the republic. She is a very beautiful and elegant woman and develops projects of great impact on the society that benefit many people in need, for me she is an inspiration and an example of life.


8. If you had to choose any other country to live in, which one would you choose and why?
At the moment I cannot imagine myself away from Angola, but if I had to pick one country it would probably be in Europe and probably England because I have always admired the European architecture and its cultural differences. I think I would have so much to learn there.


9. After the Sendai Earthquake, nuclear energy has become a focus of attention. Are you in favor or against the use of this kind of energy as a way to reduce the dependence on oil?
Alternative sources of energy are a very plausible option. In this particular case, I believe the studies on this subject should deepen in order to fully understand it and ensure the safe use of nuclear energy so it can be a safe energy option.


10. What do you think is the worst kind of human injustice or prejudice happening now?
I think the main prejudice among many and that is very noticeable in my country is against those with HIV-AIDS. This is a disease that until now has no cure, but I think the carriers in addition to those under medical care does not deserve to be excluded from society.


11. What are your duties as Miss Angola Mundo?
As Miss Angola Mundo, I have to uphold social commitment. My primary duty is performing philanthropic activities that benefit the needy people. I've carried out several projects to raise awareness about ways to avoid the spreading of the HIV virus. I also foster the appreciation of people of the third age and take care of children in need.


12. What role can social media (ex. Facebook, Twitter, etc) play in the life of a beauty pageant titleholder?
In this global world, social networks have a great impact on the life of any person. For a beauty queen, it is certainly an important factor since it allows the contact with people who follow her work and it is a tool to disseminate information and a connection with all her fans.


13. What does it mean to be a human being?
It is a rational being endowed with characteristics that make us unique, and above all with the ability to respect differences.

14. What do you feel is your purpose in life?
What I feel is what guides my life, but above all I respect others and the social norms.

15. Share a message to your supporters and readers of The Times of Beauty.
Always believe in your ideas and love a lot, because then you will have many reasons to feel happy and attract happiness. I have the support of all who believe in me.

and finally ...
Personal Motto: Never give up
Personal Goal: To be a successful professional
Personal Dream Destination: Cyprus
Favorite Food: Funge de cabidela
Favorite Color: Purple
Favorite Song: Love by Pearl
Favorite Movie: The Desert Flower
Favorite Book: The Seller of Dreams
Favorite Singer/Band: Alicia Keys
Favorite Actor/Actress: Halle Berry
Favorite Hobby: Reading
Favorite Sport: Handball

SPECIAL THANKS
Edmilza Nicósia Mota dos Santos, Miss Angola Mundo 2011
Ana Paula dos Santos
, Comité Miss Angola

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