New Miss Mzuni takes Chikangawa’s deforestation head on: To support planting of more trees

Newly crowned Miss Mzuni 2014 Atupele Singano says she will spend more of her time helping out on the Chikangawa Forest crisis other than charity, arguing that it is time local models began to think out of the ordinary in order to contribute to the country’s headway progress.

Atupele, who won the Miss Mzuzu University (Mzuni) beauty pageant last weekend, said it is unfortunate that most local models have a short-sighted outlook on what they can achieve for the country using their influences.

“It must not always be charity work,” she told Nyasa Times in an exclusive interview Wednesday.

Mizz Mzunii goes green

Mizz Mzunii goes green

“I’ll take up a new dimension by focusing on the need to be cautious with our environment, HIV/AIDS awareness campaigns and career talks which are most of the times overlooked.”

Among her many projects, the new Miss Mzuni – a first year Bachelor of Science Fisheries student at the university – said she intend mobilize more support on the need to have Chikangawa Forest – Africa’s third largest man-made forest – added with more trees.

“A lot of trees have been cut down. It is almost finished. I want to help out, and I’m sure well wishers and the corporate world will help in,” said Atupele, who got K30 000 cash and assorted items from Uncle Jose Imports & Exports – sponsors of the event.

During the same event Charity Chingwalu became first princess while Mayiwase Nyirenda was second princess. They got K20 000 and K15 000 respectively plus assorted items.

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