Miss Earth Rwanda

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Miss Earth Rwanda
TypeBeauty pageant
Miss Earth
Official language
Kinyarwanda, French, English
National Directors
Robert Mugabe[1]
(SaYes Consult Ltd.)
Saida Bahati[1]
(Chichi Media Group)
Christian Dominique[1]
(One Shot Photography and Design)
Georgette Mutoni[1]

The Miss Earth Rwanda is an annual beauty pageant in Rwanda and has been held since 2015. It is responsible for sending Rwanda's representative to the Miss Earth pageant which is an annual international beauty pageant promoting environmental awareness.[2]

Rwanda sent its first Miss Rwanda national winner, Cynthia Akazuba, to Miss Earth in 2008[3] a month after Rwanda became the first country in history to elect a national legislature in which a majority of members were women in September 2008.[4] Cynthia Akazuba competed in Miss Earth 2008. The franchise was in hands of a different national director during that time.


According to its official website, the Miss Earth Rwanda beauty pageant is dedicated to promoting environmental awareness and preservation. The advocacy parallels the cause of the Miss Earth pageant, which is one of the three largest pageants in the world in terms of individual national level participation in the world finals. The Miss Earth pageant also empowers women to make a difference in terms of being the best at promoting awareness and the preservation of our environment.

Rwanda, as it is one of the most densely populated countries, needs to protect its environment to enhance sustainability. Since environmental protection is a very important issue for the country, Miss Earth Rwanda is an effective vehicle in the creation of positive awareness through beauty and glamour, using the young women of Rwanda.

Saida Bahati, the managing director of Chichi Media Group said, "We are looking for a girl to be an ambassador for the nature and culture of Rwanda. This is a good platform for the girls to get exposure and experience."[5][6]

The pageant is presented as a reality TV show in a series of episodes that culminate in the final event.[7]

Selection process


Contestants must be aged between 18 and 25. They must be around 55 kg, high school graduates, not pregnant and have never given birth.[5]


Scouting teams visit the 30 districts of Rwanda in search of the participants in the pageant. Potential candidates meet a team of judges for auditions in their respective provinces. The auditions are edited and produced as part of the reality TV show.[7]


After the auditions, only 30 girls will be selected to go to the boot camp for eight weeks, where they will be trained on cultural values, public speaking and the environment. There will be weekly eliminations where the public will vote by SMS and online, which will leave 15 girls to compete at the finale in the later part.[5]


The contestants compete in the categories of Miss Earth, Miss Fire, Miss Water and Miss Air. The winner receives a new car, cash prizes of US$1,000 and participates in all Miss Earth activities.[5]

The winner also represents Rwanda at the Miss Earth pageant.


This list includes all the representatives of Rwanda including the representatives sent by the previous license holders.

Year Miss Earth Rwanda Placement
2008 Cynthia Akazuba Unplaced
Did not compete between 2009—2014
2015 Erica Urwibutso[8] Did Not Compete
Did not compete in 2016
2017 Uwase Hirma Honorine Unplaced
2018 Anastasie Umutoniwase Unplaced
2019 Paulette Ndekwe Unplaced
Did not compete in 2020
2021 Josine Ngirinshuti Unplaced
Did not compete in 2022


  1. ^ a b c d "Miss Earth Rwanda is back with a new team". Facebook. Miss Earth Rwanda. 5 March 2015. Retrieved 5 March 2015.
  2. ^ "Afghanistan: Anti-Pageant Judges". The New York Times. Associated Press. 30 October 2003. Retrieved 3 January 2009.
    - "Miss Earth 2004 beauty pageant". China Daily. Reuters. 25 October 2004. Retrieved 23 October 2007.
    - Enriquez, Amee (2 February 2014). "Philippines: How to make a beauty queen". BBC News. Retrieved 3 February 2014.
  3. ^ "Miss Kigali, Cynthia Akazuba représente le Rwanda au Miss Earth". Kigali Show (in French). Rwanda. 19 October 2008. Archived from the original on December 28, 2008. Retrieved 28 November 2008.
  4. ^ "Rwanda: In a World First, Women in the Majority in Rwanda Legislature". Agence France-Presse. 18 September 2008. Archived from the original on October 29, 2011. Retrieved 21 December 2008.
  5. ^ a b c d Kalimba, Stephen (25 February 2015). "Miss Earth Rwanda 2015 auditions start next month". The New Times. Archived from the original on 21 March 2015. Retrieved 25 February 2015.
  6. ^ "Ministry of Environment Rwanda Unveils Miss Earth Rwanda 2015 Beauty Pageant". EA Champs. 22 February 2015. Archived from the original on 2 April 2015. Retrieved 22 February 2015.
  7. ^ a b "Miss Earth Rwanda Pageant Format". Miss Earth Rwanda. 17 March 2015. Archived from the original on 2 April 2015. Retrieved 17 March 2015.
  8. ^ "Kwangirika kw'ibidukikije niko kwangirika kwacu". Environmental News (in Kinyarwanda). 2015. Archived from the original on 17 November 2015. Retrieved 26 September 2015.
    - Nizeyimana, Seleman (26 September 2015). "Urwibutso Erica Emmanuella niwe wegukanye ikamba rya Miss Earth Rwanda mu birori byitabiriwe n'abantu mbarwa". Inya Rwanda (in Kinyarwanda). Retrieved 26 September 2015.{{cite news}}: CS1 maint: date and year (link)
    - "Miss Earth Rwanda 2015". Youtube. 28 September 2015. Retrieved 6 October 2020.

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