Jamaican frenzy in Africa


By: Joseph Cunningham


Big up the black, the green and the gold! Nerissa Irving was in total control at the Miss Tourism of the Millennium Pageant, held in Ethiopia last Saturday.

Sponsored by K.O.K International, she was the first Jamaican to have won the Miss Millennium Queen of the Caribbean. The sash is awarded to the most elegant contestant, one who is most knowledgeable of her country, and who interviews the best for media. The pageant was one of many events held during the Coronation celebrations of His Imperial Majesty Emperor Haile Selassie I.

The 21 year old Jamaican born migrated to the United States of America as an infant, and has been living there since. She is currently based in Miami.

"It was a pleasure to have represented Jamaica," she told Yardflex from her Ethiopian hotel room early Tuesday morning. Further, Irving said she was extremely popular in Ethiopia. "I recall being in the hotel room and started hearing a lot of noise outside. I was surprised when members of the security personnel told me that people from nearby communities were crowded outside, asking for an opportunity to meet Miss Jamaica!"

Nerissa is an independent model, and it was because of her exploits as a model that she was contacted to enter by organizers of the event. Additionally, she owns a charitable organization, "Majestic Bestow," which currently focuses on providing for needy infants in Sierra Leone.

"Right now children of all age groups share one department at the home, and so I am currently working towards building other sections so they can be separated by age groups," she revealed.

is currently gearing to enter Florida International University, where she hopes to pursue Business Management and Public Relations accreditations.