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Maita crowned Miss Africa Zimbabwe

by Bongani Ndlovu
02 May 2016 at 11:48hrs | Views
Harare beauty, Maita Kainga was crowned Miss Africa Zimbabwe last Friday thereby automatically securing a spot for herself at the Miss Africa contest. The 22-year-old who is no new face in pageantry shrugged off competition from 15 other contenders who had been drawn from different parts of Zimbabwe.

Matabeleland South province's Zanele Ncube was crowned first princess while Bulawayo's Danai Pawandiwa was crowned second princess. For winning, Kainga will be presented with a R15,000 prize money while her 1st princess will receive R10,000.

The pageant which celebrates the beauty of African women was held outside the Fingers Modelling Academy in Bulawayo. An excited Kainga who participated in the Miss Zimbabwe World and Miss Carnival pageants two years ago, said she had corrected her mistakes from the previous pageants.

"I took my time in preparing for the competition, also using some of the experience I had gained from other pageants. All in all, I worked very hard as I really wanted to win this one," Kainga said.

The eloquent Queen who strutted the ramp with authority said she would soon start working on the continental contest where she hopes to represent the country well.

Judges comprised Newman Mpala, Morris Touch, Novuyo Mathonsi, Nokuthaba Sibanda, Felix Dzumbunu and former models Sibusisiwe Dube and Lorraine Maphala.

The two former models said they were impressed by the calibre of models. During the Question and Answer segment for the top eight, the models proved they had what it takes to represent the country on an international platform as most of them responded to the questions well.

Not to be outdone was the MC, Babongile Sikhonjwa who kept the sizeable crowd laughing. He used the pageant to share some of his new songs with Amavampire. Entertainers, Cal_Vin, Guluva 7, ASAPH, Sandra Ndebele and Khuliyo also wowed the crowd.

Pageant organiser – Sarah Mpofu said she hoped the corporate world would support next year's pageant as they want it to grow. This was the first time for Zimbabwe to host this pageant amid revelations that the continental finale will be held here in the next two years.

"Botswana is hosting the Miss Africa finals next year and if all goes according to plan, the next edition will be hosted by Zimbabwe," Mpofu said.

Source - chronicle

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