Miss Malawi Ireland to be annual contest -organisers

Miss Malawi Ireland  beauty contest will be an annual event celebrating Malawi, its life and culture, the organisers have told Nyasa Times.

The beauty pageant held in Dublin on June 23 was the first ever biggest event taking place in Ireland which was  organised to celebrate and maintain Malawian culture through beauty.

A 22-year-old Tina Maunde, a second year business studies and marketing student became the winner of the inaugural contest. Bettina Chimwaza was crowned first princess while Nsiidwa Kambauwa was chosen second princess. The Miss Personality title was given to Denise Anthony.

Red hot! Malawi beauty in Ireland

Sense of pride

“Definitely we will be back next year,” said one of the pageant directors, Grace Matsuka.

She told Nyasa Times the Malawia community is growing in Ireland because of many coming to study and that the pageant and cultural shows is intended to instil a sense of pride and providing a positive image with which to identify Malawian people

She said such events would give  Malawi young ladies “a sense of pride and identity” with their  culture.

The organisers said the Miss Malawi Ireland pageant aims to inspire its participants to become involved in fundraising for their communities rather than it just being a platform for launching modelling careers.

Jolie said the reigning Miss Malawi Ireland, Tina Maunde, will “ to start helping raising funds for charity organisations”   in Ireland as well as in Malawi.

The pageant strives to become one of the largest and most influential platforms from which various charity initiatives that will benefit the Malawi Diaspora community.

Indeed the event was a true celebration of Malawi as  self-styled ‘Soldier of the Poor’  Lucius Banda gave Malawians a taste and nostalgic feeling of life back home when he performed live as beauty contestants paraded including the popural swim wear  category.

“We would like to give thanks to our special guest Lucius Banda , it was real nice having a great artist from Malawi,” Matsuka said.

“And we thank all the people who took part in this including the judges, host and our beautiful contestants and not forgetting our fans out there who came to support us it was a great event first ever Missmalawi Ireland.”

She also thanked German consultants for government and international affairs, Tabias Hanchenberg and Daniel Dank for their support at the event.

Razzmatazz

Clarion Hotel, Liffey Valley, in Dublin where the event took place also sampled the music of Malawian hip hop music maestro Pop Dogg, who performed live.

The Dublin based Pop Dogg has also been nominated for African Leadership Excellence Awards 2012 scheduled for September 8.

Ably handled by co-MC of the night, Titus Bweya, the organisers  who included Matsuka, Clara Chiro, Quent Katoleza, Jubheda Chande Alinane Harawa and Briston Chilunjika set high standards and class.

No wonder it was a celebrity set of red-carpet photo opportunities for the  audience  -with others coming from other cities like Limmerick and Cork.

Miss Malawi Ireland: Tina Maunde.Picture courtesy of Miss Malawi Ireland , by  Phemmy Fotoarts

Swim wear contestants Denise and Eve parade.-Picture courtesy of Miss Malawi Ireland , by  Phemmy Fotoarts

Red hot! Malawi beauty in Ireland.Picture courtesy of Miss Malawi Ireland , by  Phemmy Fotoarts

Malawian rap star Pop Doggy give flowers to Miss Personality Denise Anthony.Picture courtesy of Miss Malawi Ireland , by  Phemmy Fotoarts

German support: Tabias Hanchenberg and Daniel Dank join organiser Quent Katoleza, Lucius Banda to cheer Miss Malawi Ireland.-Picture courtesy of Miss Malawi Ireland , by  Phemmy Fotoarts

Lucius Banda sings as Malawian beauty babe parades.Picture courtesy of Miss Malawi Ireland , by  Phemmy Fotoarts

Tina Maunde on parade.Picture courtesy of Miss Malawi Ireland , by  Phemmy Fotoarts

Organisers of the Miss Malawi Ireland.Picture courtesy of Miss Malawi Ireland , by  Phemmy Fotoarts

The audience also posed on the red carpet.Picture courtesy of Miss Malawi Ireland , by  Phemmy Fotoarts

Even the audience had a mock parade. Anna Ndovi also had her time on  the cat walk.Picture courtesy of Miss Malawi Ireland , by  Phemmy Fotoarts

Bettina Chimwaza: Runner-up.Picture courtesy of Miss Malawi Ireland , by  Phemmy Fotoarts

The Malawi beauty on parade.Picture courtesy of Miss Malawi Ireland , by  Phemmy Fotoarts

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