Miss Malawi UK organisers held an event last Saturday in Northampton without a beauty pageant to crown the title holder for this year, effectively meaning architecture university student and part time dancer, actress and singer Thandi Mkandwire, will still hold on to the crown of Miss Malawi UK having won it last year.
“We have organised this event to celebrate womanhood and motherhood,” said event organiser Kondi Bowoyeke Munthali to patrons at the event.
There was no beauty contest at all.
However, patrons were entertained to some women parading on stage showing the ‘African’ attire and pride in Malawi’s cultural heritage.
Some patrons expressed concern with lack of beauty contest at the event and suggested the need to create a public trust for the effective running of the pageant.
“There is need to rethink on restoring Miss Malawi UK pageant not necessarily leaving it a one-man-show,” commented Khama Mateyu.
“There is need to up the game; It takes a lot to come up with these kind of shows, so kudos to the organisers but there is room for big improvement,” commented Cameroonian Larry Cumber.
Munthali, who had been at the helm of the beauty pageant for three years, explained that he wanted this year to “celebrate womanhood.”
Nonetheless, patrons were treated to a live performance of Langa Ndovie of Mundiwunikile fame and budding gospel singer Nick Thindwa.
Thindwa performed his popular Muli Mphamvu song and Osadandaula which he dedicated to Prophet Shepherd Bushiri.
“I am happy to be given this stage,” said Thindwa.
He disclosed that his debut album will be released towards the end of the year.
Malawian urban artists Martse and Kell Kay did not make for the show as earlier announced.
After the contest, it was time for an after party where there was fun, joy and the electricity blackout drama as patrons claimed “Escom has been imported”.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :