Faith Chibale, former Miss Malawi and Malawi News Model of the Year, was on Sunday laid to rest at Manjawira in the central district of Ntcheu.
The ex-beauty queen died Friday, 14 March 2014, at Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital (QECH) in Blantyre. According to family members, she died of Tuberculosis at the age of 24.
Thousands of people from all walks of life, led by Minister responsible for Good Governance in the Office of the President and Cabinet, Chris Daza, who represented President Joyce Banda, came to pay their last respect to the ex-beauty queen.
Chibale, who was known nationally for her charity work, which earned her the title of Queen of Charity, shot to fame in 2008 after she won the Malawi News Model of the Year and then the Miss Malawi crown in 2010.
As a model, she had worked with a number of organizations and helped the needy across the nation, including street kids, the blind, orphans and the mentally ill. She also inspired most girls in the country to go into modeling.
In 2011, she was appointed by the National Lotteries Group as its Corporate Social Responsibility ambassador.
The same year, Faith was also featured in “The Gentleman”, a film featuring South African and Zimbabwean actors including former Big Brother Africa housemate Munya.
In 2012, during a conference by Youth for Peace and Development in Mozambique, she was appointed as Ambassador for Youth Development in Africa.
Speaking during the funeral ceremony, Daza, said it was sad that Malawi had lost a young woman who was influential among the youth.
Meanwhile, the country’s President has said she is deeply saddened by the death of the former Miss Malawi.
“I am saddened by the passing of former Miss Malawi, Faith Chibale. A flower has been taken away from us! My thoughts and prayers are with her family and relatives for God to comfort them at this difficult time. May her soul rest in eternal peace,” said Banda in a statement circulated on social media.
Faith was born on 30 April 1989 at Balaka District Hospital where she grew up attending her junior primary school. She attended Balaka Secondary as well as St. Michaels Girls Secondary School (in Mangochi), Bakhita College and Blantyre Institute of Management.