Ex-beauty queen commends NPL, Zodiak for taking over Miss Malawi management

Former Miss Malawi beauty pageant, Blandina Khondowe says the handing over of Miss Malawi management licence from Events Management Limited to Nation Publications Limited (NPL) and Zodiak Broadcasting Station (ZBS) will help bring sanity in the office of the Miss Malawi.

Former Miss Malawi beauty queen: Blandina Khondowe
Former Miss Malawi beauty queen: Blandina Khondowe

In an interview with Nyasa Times from Lilongwe where she is based, Khondowe said during her tenure of office, resources hampered her work.

“I had developed a very ambitious plan of action on what I was expected to achieve but I failed to achieve my plans because the office had no money,” said Khondowe.

The former Miss Malawi said another problem during her tenure of office was that some people were misinterpreting her office.

“They were talking a lot of issues about us I remember even some were saying that we were going around with Carver Bhima  [the organiser] which was not true. What I know was that Mr Bhima was just trying to protect us from the men who were always after us,” she said.

Khondowe revealed that at one time Bhima employed some chaperone to help them tame maurauding men with open zips.

“Because of this development, people were saying why is Bhima so jealousy of the Miss Malawi, this means he has an agenda, which was not true,” she explained.

Events Management Ltd Bhima a company which has just handed over the Licence to the two media giants, NPL and ZBS,  concurred with Khondow, saying there will indeed be a sanity in the office of the Miss Malawi.

“We were struggling financially, I remember at one time it took the whole me extending a begging ball to the former President Dr Bakili Muluzi who game me K300,000, at that time it was a huge amount of money,” said Bhima.

Bhima denied having any sexual desires towards the Miss Malawi beauty pageants.

He said his office was very professional all the time.

Khondowe was crowned Miss Malawi in 2002 at the age of 21.

She was crowned the title during her last year of Business studies at Polytechnic.

During her time in office, she became automatic tourism ambassador.

NPL Chief Executive Officer, Ms Mbumba Banda, says the ZBS and NPL have teamed up in order to fill the gap which has been existing.

“Every day, the two media houses reaches out to and interact with people through newspapers, radio, and Television including online mediums,” said Mbumba.

Zodiak’s  Teresa Ndanga, spokesperson of the task force, said Miss Malawi is another way of empowering women.

So, we are going to each and every district to scout and audition and the selected will compete at regional level,” Ndanga said.

The five-year joint project will see the two private media houses run the Miss Malawi beauty contest, which has been docile for close to four years. The last beauty queen to be crowned was Susan Mtegha in 2012.

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7 years ago

With this type of corporate backing and advertising,it should now be possible to get Ms Malawi back to Miss World & Miss Universe competitions.We have been left out of the benefits that winning these contests can bring to our nations tourism.Let this be an opportunity to correct past mistakes and erase negative mindsets regarding women’s beauty.Malawi is not Afghanistan for gods sake! Why should, grown ups be so afraid of bare thighs as if all of us didn’t originate there?We all need a vacation in Brazil before condemning our beautiful young women.

7 years ago

Awanso awa kukonda fame.

khal drogo
khal drogo
7 years ago

miss, can you try talking with a some class and common sense in future interviewes please! i don’t want to be thinking about open zips, begging bowls and men chasing after you. what do you expect us to think?

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