Reigning Miss Universe 2012, Leila Lopes, who made history as the first Angolan woman to win the Miss Universe crown is set to visit Kenya today.
Lopes' visit marks the second leg of her 'Unity Tour' where she is also scheduled to visit Mozambique and Namibia all in an effort to highlight issues related to sustainable tourism, HIV/Aids prevention, poverty alleviation and the importance of education.
Africa was recently commended for making impressive strides towards achieving the United Nations Millennium Development Goals by 2015.
However, much more needs be done to lift millions of Africans out of poverty and in educating people about the dangers of HIV/Aids. "I also see the tour as an opportunity to celebrate African achievements, which are often understated," Lopes, who is also a UN Goodwill Ambassador, said.
Her tour, courtesy of Ecobank, will see Lopes interact with media, students and orphanages. "Ecobank is delighted to be associated with the Miss Universe 2012 tour because our clientele, especially the youth, are highly aspirational and associate well with success, achievement and collective concern for the people of Africa that Miss Universe represents," said Ecobank CEO Tony Okpanachi.