Nation Publications Limited (NPL) and Zodiak Broadcasting Station (ZBS) Saturday treated Mzuzu with a glitch and glamour ceremony towards the selection of Miss Malawi 2016 at the city’s Sunbird Hotel.
The pageant was last held in 2012 but the two leading media houses – print and electronic respectively — have joined forces to bring it back.
Spokesperson for the event Teresa Temweka Ndanga, who is Zodiak’s director of news, the pageant is meant to bring back the “aesthetic” as well as to “promote” young females whose survival on cultural grounds is but grim.
The contest brought together hundreds of young within and without Mzuzu City.
Yebo Gondwe, a contestant who made it to the next round, told Nyasa Times that she was happy to make it.
“I’m happy,” she said, “I will try to make sure that I do peculiar to what I pledged.”
The theme for this year’s pageant is to curb overpopulation and climate change.
“I will encourage my fellow youths to work hard in school and plant trees,” the 19 year old social science student at University of Livingstonia said.
She was the first to audition before the judges .
Gondwe, who was crowned Miss O’seasons, said she wants to use Miss Malawi crown to motivate girls in the country to remain in school
Also auditioning was beauty queen wannabe 1.66m tall Alicia Banda who urges government to increase contraceptives uptake to reduce population boom.
Tadala Mlopa, Esther Chiviya, 23 and Mzuzu University student Mayiwase Nyirenda ,23 were some of the girls who auditioned.
Judges are former Miss Malawi Blandina Khondowe, marketor Wilkins Mijiga and ormer organiser of the event Tadala Chihana .
The three bring worth of experience to the event as they have been hired to address specific needs of the contest.
“Blandina is a good example of a successful queen who is now working with the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Tourism. She will use her experience to coach and motivate contestants in the event.
“Tadala has been in the team that put up the last pageant. She understands what beauty pageant is all about. Mijiga is youthful and energetic. He knows what beauty is. We have brought him in to bring the male perspective of beauty,” said Ndanga.
Ndanga said, among other things, the judges will be looking at the contestant’s speaking ability, projection, self-confidence, poise and appearance in evening gown, tight fittings and cultural wear..
After Mzuzu the auditions will move to Lilongwe on July 30 and Blantyre on August 28.
Regional finals will take place on November 5 for the North, December 3 (Central Region) and January 28 (Southern Region).Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :