Painting by Cheri Samba

Lokuta eyaka na ascenseur, kasi vérité eyei na escalier mpe ekomi. Lies come up in the elevator; the truth takes the stairs but gets here eventually. - Koffi Olomide

Ésthetique eboma vélo. Aesthetics will kill a bicycle. - Felix Wazekwa

Thursday, April 14, 2011

In the Congo, even beauty can be bought

Sad but true: Miss Vodacom Congo, who was just named several weeks ago, had to give up her crown due to fraud. Vodacom - one of the largest phone companies in the country - announced two days ago that of the 4 million votes cast by SMS, 1,5 million were fraudulent, a racket that involved Vodacom employees and outsiders.

Lauriane Odio of Kinshasa had to make way for Olga Yumba of Lubumbashi. Strangely for beauty queen, you can't find many pictures of them on the internet (my search was, of course, purely academically-minded).


Anonymous said...

I think olga yumba has all it takes to be miss congo.She has a great personality, the beauty. Had she been in a country where there is a great support for models she could have advance really far.Its sad we luck exposure to the great industry and not enough promotion. but we will get there some days, I am optimistic.Olga you are naturally beautiful

Unknown said...

.Its sad we luck exposure to beauty guide the great industry and not enough promotion.

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