Poly student wins Miss Blantyre 2013: Nerani Nthara

Nerani Nthara, a student at the Polytechnic, was crowned the new Miss Blantyre on Friday night at a beauty pageant held at Malawi Sun Hotel.

There were ten models that were competing for the Miss Blantyre title and Nerani came top to take over the crown from the outgoing queen Malika Chitanda.

The models paraded in different categories, but it was the question time that decided who the winner was as it accounted 70 percent of the judges’ final decision.

All the ten contestants were asked two questions of which almost all of them did not get right.

Malika Chitanda handing over the crown to new Miss Blantyre

They were asked to give the meaning of UNFPA (one of the sponsors) and well as their values when it came to the use of condoms.

The 20-year-old Nerani, a resident of Namiwawa managed to get the two questions to the judges and the audience’s satisfactory.

Apart from testing the contenders’ intelligence, the judges were also looking at personality, confidence and catwalk, among others.

Speaking to Nyasa Times, the soft-spoken Nerani admitted the competition was stiff, but said she deserved to win.

As winner, she will receive K350,000 prize money of which K200,000 will be channeled towards charity work.

Nerani said her focus will target school-going pupils and orphans during her term of office and those were the people at her heart.

“I want to help primary school pupils realize that education is the key to everything. I want to impart the spirit of self-esteem among these kids. I will also work with orphanages on the same,” she said.

Samantha Williams, a 20-year-old Chirimba-based model who owns a salon, came second from Nerani as she was crowned First Princess, while 17-year-old Naperi based model Yalenga Vinkhumbo got the Second Princess position.

The Miss Blantyre 2013 beauty pageant was spiced up by performances from some of the country’s urban musicians among them Theo Thomson, Blakjak, AyCee James, Bucci, Pon G & Weapon, Lady Pace, Ill City and Black Face Family.

The contestants

Beauty and the brains: Nelani Nthara, Miss Blantyre

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