Toronto-area seminary student Maryanne Oketch wins “Survivor” award, becoming 2nd Canadian to do so


For the second year in a row, the winner of the reality competition series “Survivor” is a Canadian.

In Wednesday night’s Season 42 finale, Maryanne Oketch, a 24-year-old seminary student from Ajax, Ont., became the last one standing.

Oketch won a million dollar prize and became the second black woman to win “Survivor” – the first was Vecepia Towery who won in 2002.

Last year’s winner was fellow Canadian Erika Casupanan from Niagara Falls.

After 23 days in the desert, the episode began with the remaining five players: Oketch, Jonathan Young, Mike Turner, Romeo Escobar and Lindsay Dolashewich.

After a series of games and obstacles, it all came back to Oketch and Turner, a firefighter based in New Jersey. With seven votes to one from the judging panel, Oketch claimed victory to enthusiastic applause from his fellow contestants.