Photo Credit: Nitzan Arny, Israel Mission in Cote d-Ivoire screen grab via Twitter
Miss Cote d'Ivoire, Awoulaba 2019

Members of Israel’s Mission to the Ivory Coast congratulated the winner of the 2019 Miss Cote d’Ivoire (Miss Ivory Coast) “Awoulaba” 2019 contest this weekend with a special gift.

The newly-crowned Awoulaba of Cote D’Ivoire was awarded a free visit to the Holy Land, courtesy of the State of Israel, as the Grand Prize in the competition.

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The word “Awoulaba” is an Akan term in Cote D’Ivoire for a beauty queen, with curves; in today’s culture, a beautiful woman with a guitar-like form. “Awoulaba” is also “beauty queen” in the Ivorian dialect, Baoule, a reference to generous curves.

Deputy Chief of Mission Nitzan Arny said in a tweet that it “was really an amazing night, with many Ivorian artists.” All women who competed were required to be older than age 35 and with a minimum of one child, he explained.

“Congratulations Miss Cote d’Ivoire #Awoulaba 2019!” Arny wrote. “Celebration of Ivorian tradition & culture. 15 candidates from across the country . . . but only one winner who got the grand prize — a visit to #Israel.”

Throughout the competition the contestants wore traditional clothing from around the country and among their other required activities, danced in a circle to demonstrate their skills in the traditional moves.

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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.