She also took home a brand new Hyundai Accent, compliments one of the leading auto dealers in St. Kitts and Nevis. This comes as a great birthday gift for the Butler’s native who celebrated her 20th birthday only a few weeks ago, on 10th July.
Her victory came in front of a packed audience, many of whom were Nevisians returning home for the special C-40 activities. There were also hundreds who made the journey, as they do each year, from sister island St. Kitts.
The contest, which featured five contestants, required the delegates to perform in appearances such as Evening Wear, Costume, Talent and On Stage Interview.
Taking First Runner-up honours was Hydeia Tyson while Shariezelle Belle was Second Runner-up.
While some of the contestants delivered outstanding performances, members of the audience expressed some concern over the quality of the always difficult Interview Segment.
The new queen is no stranger to the stage and has always had a passion for pageantry. As she reminded in her biography, it was at an early age that she participated in the Miss St. James Primary and the Talented Youth shows where she placed 1st and 2nd runner up respectively. She said her participation in these pageants boosted her self-confidence and public speaking abilities.
Her hard work and determination to one day be crowned Miss Culture, finally paid off Saturday. She said that over the years she has been preparing herself mentally and physically to participate in the Miss Culture pageant and believed with hard work and dedication, she would be successful.
Now that she is an ambassador for her 36 square mile island, Akiesha hopes to play a pivotal role in society by becoming an advocate and using her new platform to help bring awareness to Domestic Violence and Healthy Living.
Other contestants in the pageant were Shaquoya Flanders and Chelsee Liburd. The celebrations continue to night with the Senior Calypso Monarch Competition, to be followed on Monday morning with J’ouvert an later in the night, the Caribbean Culture Pageant featuring 12 contestants from throughout the region.
Culturama 40 ends with the grand parade on Tuesday.