17-year-old walks away with Mr African Roots Teen title

Seventeen-year-old Joshua Liverpool was on Sunday evening crowned Mr African Roots when the pageant was hosted at the Theatre Guild, Lamaha Street, Georgetown.

From left: Eon Peters, Kimba Coats, Joshua Liverpool, and Tonia Harris

He outshone six other competitors to cop the title. This is the second year the former South Ruimveldt student has competed in the pageant. In 2017, he was awarded the third runner-up spot, and the confident young man described winning the title as “redemption”.
Heading into the pageant, he saw himself as his biggest competitor and was confident that he would have won the pageant. Of all the competitions on the evening of the grand finale, he thinks his talent presentation – a spoken word piece – was well-executed.
His evening outfit was designed by Unique Arts. The newly-crowned king intends to do a lot of community work by promoting the African culture. He is also making plans to have a symposium with youths of African descent to educate them on their role in society.
He thanked his mother, his friends from Unique Arts, Michael Sam, Rudy Richmond Creation and Raul London for their tremendous support leading up to, during and after the pageant.
Meanwhile, Kimba Coats was crowned Miss African Roots in the teen category while Showana Sydney copped the first runner-up spot and Lovern Gouveia was named third runner-up.
In the Young Adults Category, Eon Peters was crowned king followed by Ronald Taylor as the first runner-up and Elisha Donellas in the third spot. Tonia Harris was crowned queen in this category while Katifah Letich was the first runner-up and Nickita Mc Farleen second runner-up.
The winners have won themselves cash and other prizes which will be handed over at a special ceremony shortly.