The countdown for the Miss Universe pageant 2023 has begun and reigning Miss South Africa Ndavi Nokeri has been predicted as a "hot favourite" by social media polls. Miss South Africa Ndavi Nokeri has been regarded as the 'hot favourite' or the top contender to win Miss Universe 2023. Miss Universe 2023 finale is all set to take place on Sunday, January 15, in the United States of America and will be broadcasted live on 1Magic (DStv 103) at 03:00 on Monday, 16 January. For the unversed, Harnaaz Sandhu of India will crown her successor at the end of the event. Now, coming to Miss South Africa Ndavi Nokeri, online sites such as, Missiology and Miss Universe Predications identified Nokeri as "one of the front-runners, and she is a hot favourite with Miss Universe fans and followers". Now, for those wondering who is Ndavi Nokeri or Ndavi Nokeri's unknown facts, here's what you should know-

Who is Ndavi Nokeri?

Ndavi hails from Tzaneen, Limpopo. During the Miss South Africa pageant show, she had expressed how the small town has been a major pillar of support during her Miss SA journey. The 23-year-old graduated from the University of Pretoria with a degree in BCom Investment Management. Prior to embarking on the Miss SA pageant, she held a job at an asset management firm. Ndavi is no stranger to the pageant stage. In 2019, at just 20 years old, she won the Miss Jozi title. She took part in the competition whilst studying at the University of Pretoria. As per a South African media portal, she took two years to invest and build on herself before she felt ready to compete for the crown. During her Miss South Africa 2022 run, Ndavi, advocated for education equity for all children and students in South Africa. She revealed that her failure in certain aspects at school is what helped her grow and fuelled her ambition.

Miss Universe 2023

Miss Universe 2023 will be taking place in New Orleans, Louisiana. Former Miss Universe Olivia Culpo and “The Real” TV personality Jeannie Mai Jenkins will serve as hosts following Steve Harvey’s five-year run. For worldwide, The Miss Universe pageant is making its move to streaming after decades on broadcast television. Previously, the pageant was broadcast on Fox, but it’s now moving to the Roku Channel via a one-year deal for Roku to be the official home for Miss Universe.

Divita Rai will be representing India at the Miss Universe 2023. Hailing from Karnataka, Divita was quoted by a news portal saying, "To represent your country on an international platform has been a dream. Harnaaz told me to figure out what makes me stand out and to hold on to that. There are so many countries competing here and we have this opportunity to showcase our culture. India has already proven its mettle. I am going with a positive mindset and will give my best."

This year, a total of 84 beauty pageants would be competing during the 71st Miss Universe, set to take place on January 14 at the Ernest N. Moral Convention Center in New Orleans, Louisiana.

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