Jacmel’s Angela Simon Lawenn Kweyol

Image: Angela Simon, (left) and her runners-up.
Image: Angela Simon, (left) and her runners-up.
Angela Simon, (left) and her runners-up.

ANGELA Simon of Jacmel was consistently impressive in all categories at last Friday evening’s LawennKweyol Pageant held at the National Cultural Centre (NCC). In the end, she amassed 633 points to win the title, edging out second-placer, Sheena Cherubin of Monchy by 82 points.

Six women competed in the show in categories such as ambassadorial speech, talent, wobdwiyet (national dress), pawolgwanmoun (traditional wisdom) and interview.

All of the contestants gave impressive accounts of themselves, with some falling short in certain categories. But Simon’s performance gave her the edge from the beginning – during the ambassadorial speech-where contestants describe themselves and the inherent pluses of their communities. She struck a positive note with the audience.

Image: Dancing away at the show.
Dancing away at the show.

It was Simon’s first time participating in the pageant and she told The VOICE she decided to take up the challenge after being recommended by her community’s organizing committee for this year’s JounenKwéyòl. Jacmel is one of the four communities hosting the event this Sunday.

Lucita Ferdinand of Castries placed third with 543 points. It was her second consecutive year participating in the competition where she also placed third.

Image: Dancing duel?
Dancing duel?

Rounding out the final three spots were as follows: Leotta Mathurin of Belle Vue, Vieux Fort (529 points), Loraine Agatha Verdant-Danzie of Gros Islet (494.5 points) and Josephine Callender of TiRocher (475 points).

This year’s event was also able to attract increased sponsorship and all contestants received attractive prizes that ranged from spa treatments to cell phones to cash and cash vouchers.

Additional entertainment on the night was provided by the East Coast Folk Band, Helen Folk Dancers and the Vide Bouteille Primary Drummers.

Image of Young drummers entertaining.
Young drummers entertaining.
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