Contestants for the Miss Malawi 2011 pageant on Wednesday had an audience with the first couple at the New State House in Lilongwe.
Apart from having an opportunity to have tea with President Bingu wa Mutharika and First Lady Madame Calista Mutharika, the fourteen contestants were also given K30,000 each.
According to public broadcaster Malawi Broadcasting Corporation (MBC) TV, the Mutharika family advised the Miss Malawi aspirants to value the event and take the office of Miss Malawi sincerely.
Artistic Agency’s Mable Banda told Nyasa Times that the audience with the First Couple was essential towards grooming the girls ahead of the Friday night event.
“We’re grateful to the Head of State and the First Lady for the support. It shows how committed State House is in promoting modeling in the country,” said Banda in a telephone interview on Thursday.
She observed: “If support starts from the high office, we are optimistic other sectors of society, especially the corporate world will follow suit and come forth with their support to the office of Miss Malawi”.
Banda said Artistic Agency needs much support to send Miss Malawi 2011 to Miss World next year.
Entry tickets to the event are available at Capital Hotel Reception and are selling at K5,000 VIP and K3,000 standard.
The pageant contestants are; Mavis Ngulube, Kate Maseko, Pamela Mazengera, Martha Alice Banda and Zindaba Lungu from the Southern region.
From central region, the contestants area: Tapiwa Mayuni, Camilla Jussab, Esther Ravat, Mayamiko Mussa, Nelly Kilembe and Rachel Mkandawire.
The Northern Region will be represented by Suzan Mtenga, Domoni Martha Banda and Twapasha Kamwambe.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :