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.
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.
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.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :