IRADUKUNDA Elsa was born on 25 March 1998 in Kigali, Rwanda at Nyirinkwaya hospital. She is the fourth-born in a family of eight children, two boys and six girls. She speaks Kinyarwanda (native) and English. She also understands French but do not speak it fluently.
Elsa went to Le Petit Prince for her nursery and part of her primary school education. She then went to Centre Scolaire Utunyenyeri from Primary 4 to Primary 6. She studied her first two years of secondary school at International Window in Mbarara, Uganda before going to King David Academy, in Kigali, from Senior 3 to Senior 6 ; where she graduated secondary school in Literature, Economics and Geography last year and passed the national examination.
She likes being involved in community service and charity. Her hobbies are swimming and reading novels that are based on true stories. She started swimming at a the age of ten and worked as a fashion model since the age of 16.
Elsa lives in Kicukiro district, Kigali with her family. Her father, Mana Samuel, runs a bureau de change and her mother, Mukandekezi Christine, runs a wholesale shop.
She auditioned in Rubavu district, Western province, on 14 January, and was crowned Miss Rwanda 2017 on 25 February.