The first winner of Miss Malawi Ireland 2012, Tina Maunde, sees her reign come to an end this weekend when the 2013 edition of the pageant takes placeat Maldron Hotel, Tallaght in Dublin on Saturday night.
One of the pageant directors, Grace Matsuka said the show will be celebrating Malawi, its life and culture, saying this year’s competition has attracted “more beautiful girls.”
She told Nyasa Times the Malawian community is growing in Ireland because of many coming to study and that the pageant and cultural shows is intended to instill a sense of pride and providing a positive image with which to identify Malawian people
Matsuka said such events would give Malawi young ladies “a sense of pride and identity” with their culture.
The organisers said the Miss Malawi Ireland pageant aims to inspire its participants to become involved in fundraising for their communities rather than it just being a platform for launching modelling careers.
The show will be spiced up by the performance of Malawi’s popular reggae band, Black Missionaries.
Black Missionaries band – commonly referred as ‘Ma Blacks’ – known for hard core reggae rhythm have just released an album Kuyimba 9. Malawians in Ireland with some travelling from United Kingdom will be making to the show.
The show also received a boost from Malawi’s President Joyce Banda who through the Joyce Banda Foundation International procured eight air tickets for the band members and also provided their subsistence allowances.