Miss Matofotofo: Husbands deny wives to participate

Most husbands refuse their wives to participate in the Miss True African Queen beauty pageant, popularly known as Miss Matofotofo competition, Nyasa Times understands.

Organisers of the competition confessed this in an interview with Nyasa Times, disclosing they are facing challenges in registering ‘Big Mamas’ for the contest.

The revelation was made ahead of the Miss Matofotofo Blantyre pageant scheduled to take place at Sunbird Mount Soche hotel on February 24, 2012.

Banda (right): Urges men to allow their wives to contest

Initially, the organizers had announced that they would be having 15 contestants vying for the commercial city’s title but during the interview, they indicated they had registered ten women.

“We will be having ten contestants,” revealed pageant’s national director Florence Banda, indicating “most husbands are refusing their wives to contest.”


Banda, a former Miss Matofotofo herself observed: “I think its jealousy. They [husbands] feel like other men will see the beauty of the wives and maybe go for them.”

While pointing out that they were okay with 10 contestants, though they had planned to have 15, Banda conceded if the situation continues, it would frustrate their plans to make the ‘Big Mamas’ pageant a big show in Malawi.

“It’s a challenge [and] if it does not change it will be a drawback,” said Banda.

“But am hoping for the better. Let men know that there is no harm in letting their wives participate in these events.”

She added: “We have had married people who contested and they are still happily married, I being one of the examples.”

Banda has since encouraged men to be part of the Blantyre event for them to appreciate what the Miss Matofotofo beauty pageant is all about, saying they do not parade in swim wear, but “all traditional for African queens.”

National finals

The Top 5 in the Miss True African Beauty Queen Blantyre will be competing in the national contest slated for April 27 at Sunbird Capital hotel in Lilongwe. In the Northern Region, Miss Matofotofo Mzuzu will take place next month.

The reigning Miss Matofotofo Lilongwe is Constance Kachoka who took over from Florence Banda (not the organizer) who was dethroned following a reported sex scandal.

Tickets to the Blantyre show are available at Sunbird Mount Soche hotel and are selling at K2, 000 and according to the event organizers, paying at the door will be K2,500.

The Miss True African Queen (then called Miss Matofotofo) was launched in Zimbabwe in December 2007 with a view to give confidence to the mostly diffident big women in Africa.

Miss True African Queen is a contest for women who are big and fluffy and mostly those who wear size 40 and above, with no restrictions on age, weight, height and marital status.

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