blink | bmobile and THA make Kaiso, Love and Beauty Collide at Roxborough

Show Committee Chairman Julien Celestine Councillor Dr Denise Tsoiafatt-Angus - Sec of Community Development and Culture

"African Kaleidoscope: The colours of Love" was the theme of the annual Afro Queen Show and Calypso Monarch held at the Cyd Gray Sporting Complex, Roxborough on Saturday 14th February 2015.

With Valentine celebrations in the air, the blink | bmobile and THA sponsored show combined love, kaiso and beauty to thrill the hundreds that came out in support of this much anticipated carnival staple in Tobago.

Eight queens competed in carnival wear and evening gown segments to vie for the coveted title of Miss Afro Queen 2015, while eight calypsonians engaged in fierce battle to walk away with the $40, 000 first prize for Windward Calypso Monarch 2015.

In the Calypso Monarch Competition, an energetic delivery of "Counter Strike" nudged Dillon Thomas into third place. While his sister, crowd favourite Nicole Thomas, with a very soulful and emotive execution of "Drums of Hope", had to settle for second place. But winning the judges favour, to become newly crowned Windward Calypso Monarch 2015, was Kenneth 'Punchin' Thomas, who had the crowd in 'stitches' with his humour and social commentary combination, "Bullying Phenomena".

However, the high point of the evening, was to see who will be crowned Miss Windward Afro Queen 2015. Copping the prizes for 'Spirit of Carnival' and 'Miss Photogenic' was Anna-Lisa Roberts of Betsy's Hope. While Best Evening Gown went to the Speyside beauty, Mickeisha Bruce. In the overall competition, Andrel Fraser representing Argyle finished in third place. Delaford beauty Genecia Melville, in her 'A Gift from Isis' portrayal, came in at second place. However, stealing the hearts of the judges that evening to receive the $12,000 first prize and be crowned the new Miss Windward Afro Queen 2015, was the Betsy's Hope lass, Anna-Lisa Roberts, with her 'Miss Zambia' portrayal, a Debbie Charles and Alicia Roberts creation.

The night included an appearance by the reigning Windward Junior Afro Queen 2015, Miss Rosanda Walters, who paid tribute to local icon Ella Andall, in a Mickel Lewis and Sandra Davidson creation. However, organizers ensured that patrons were not left wanting on this valentine's night and so lovers were entertained by the soothing vocals of 'Kenny J' performing some much enjoyed love selections.

Anna-Lisa Roberts - Winner - Village of Betsy's Hope

Kenneth 'Punchin' Thomas - Windward Calypso Monarch 2015

Mickeisha Bruce - Best Gown - Village of Speyside