A stunning second year architecture university student and part time dancer, actress and singer Thandi Mkandwire, was on Saturday evening crowned the new Miss Malawi UK beauty queen during a colourful pageant which was held at the Deco, in Northampton.
The event was co-hosted by Malawian based hip-hop award winning artist Tay Grin and former pageant’s second princess Agatha Phiri.
Thandi, originally from Mzimba and based in Bradford, was crowned the new Miss Malawi UK after a combination of dancing talent, beauty and brains which floored a panel of judges, including online Pamtengo Radio DJ MC Chijota, Phiona Guga, Bertha Masangwi and Malawian based lawyer and singer Davis Njobvu.
The audience was also given a chance to vote and according to results which Nyasa Times accessed, Thandi was unanimous winner beating other five contestants.
It was clearly in all categories including the cat-walking and questions time that Thandi was the first among equals, the fairest of them all, and a beauty with a purpose who would be a pillar of the Malawi Queen UK organisation’s charity objectives.
First and second princess were Ellen Gram and Mellissa Bonelli respectively.
When Thandi’s name was announced as winner, the crowds erupted in unanimous cheers.
In white long dress, Thandi stepped majestically in front giving a beauty wave to the audience, smiling like a queen and cutting a humble figure.
Her predecessor Rose Mmangisa was handy to crown her as deservedly the new Miss Malawi UK 2015.
In a post-crowning interview with Nyasa Times, Thandi said:” I am so happy, like am so shocked. I just want to meet everybody out there.
“Words can’t express the feeling I had when they announced out that I have won Miss Malawi UK crown.
“I wanted to win so much because I wanted to make my family proud and it’s made me so happy to be the new Miss Malawi UK.”
Thandi said she will be committed to the charity work that Miss Malawi UK organisers will set up for her office.
“I’ll have a full calendar of events ahead,” Thandi said.
“But for now I’m just enjoying the feeling of winning.”
This year Miss Malawi UK is supporting orphans in Malawi for their education and Thandi said she will commit herself to the “worthwhile charity.”
Her mother who attended the event was ecstatic.
“I am very proud,” she said.
Organiser Kondi Bowoyeke Munthali said he was “pleased” with the way the event was run this year and thanked people who supported the pageant including organisers.
During the contest, a far much great improvement from previous shows, and indeed unique, Tay Grin performed live.
There were also some lighter moments when socialite Phyllis Sweetjuice and Gitta Phiri took to stage to satirise Prophet Shepherd Bushiri’s recent ‘miracles’.
“Can I prophesy?” said Phyllis as Gitta joined in: “Who has an iPad? I want to capture?”
And then they mimicked Bushiri’s recent ‘walk in the air’ miracle with some shouting “go deeper!!”
After the contest, it was time for an after party where there was fun, joy and the drama.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :