Maria Wavinya was crowned the new Miss World Kenya during the finals held October 5 at the Two Rivers Mall in Nairobi.

The 18-year-old mass communication student will head on to represent the east African nation at the 2019 Miss World finals in London in December.

“It still feels like a dream, for my name now ceases to be Wavinya Maria to Kenya,” she posted on Instagram.

Elsie Hemsi Stephens and Bernice Nunah placed first and second runners-up, respectively.

Also crowned in the same event is the new Mr World Kenya Frank Asoyo, who will compete in the next edition of the Mr World contest.

Kenya currently ranks 72nd in Missosology Big 5 Ranking. Missosology.Org; Photos from Mr. & Miss World Kenya page