Khuli Chana to rock ter­tiary pageant

Lesotho Times - - Entertainment - Mo­halenyane Phakela

POP­U­LAR Motswako rap­per, Khuli Chana, is set to head­line a Le­sotho Planned Par­ent­hood As­so­ci­a­tion (LPPA) pageant for ter­tiary in­sti­tu­tions on 17 Oc­to­ber 2015.

Dubbed Miss Ter­tiary In­sti­tu­tions, the pageant, which is meant to pro­vide the youths with sex­ual health in­for­ma­tion and other re­lated LPPA ser­vices, will be held at Nether­lands Hall in Roma. Ac­cord­ing to LPPA public re­la­tions of­fi­cers, Tlali Matela and Pu­leng Mokati, they opted for Khuli Chana be­cause of his pop­u­lar­ity which makes him a draw­card for young peo­ple to the event.

“Although the pageant’s con­tes­tants will be fe­male, we are still ex­pect­ing a lot of male at­ten­dees at the event,” said Mokati.

“This is why we chose an artist who ap­peals to both sexes. Khuli Chana is a pop­u­lar rap­per who is loved by Ba­sotho youth and has not per­formed in the coun­try for a long time.”

The con­test is open to fe­male stu­dents of ter­tiary in­sti­tu­tions be­tween the ages of 18 and 24. The win­ner will walk away with a M20 000 cash prize, while the first and sec­ond princesses run­ners up will take home M10 000 and M5 000 re­spec­tively. The Miss Ter­tiary In­sti­tu­tions and her two princesses will serve as LPPA am­bas­sadors over the year of their reign and work closely with the as­so­ci­a­tion in its cam­paigns.

Miss Ter­tiary In­sti­tu­tions would not be the first pageant the as­so­ci­a­tion has hosted, as it also ini­ti­ated the Miss Thaka­neng con­test two years ago tar­geted at high school stu­dents.

“Miss Thaka­neng was a tool we used to bring youths to­gether to equip them with life skills and ad­dress such is­sues as teenage preg­nancy, HIV and STI in­fec­tions as well as tips on how to tackle them,” Mokati said.

“This time, we are tar­get­ing ter­tiary in­sti­tu­tions since we are nor­mally in­vited to ad­dress first-year stu­dents, at var­i­ous col­leges in Maseru, to pre­pare them for the chal­lenges they are likely to face. We are hop­ing that with Khuli Chana head­lin­ing the event, many young peo­ple will at­tend so that we can mix busi­ness with plea­sure.”

Matela chipped in say­ing they had in­jected a large amount of money to en­sure they reached as many young peo­ple as pos­si­ble.

“Our plan is to have am­bas­sadors in dif­fer­ent in­sti­tu­tions, so the pageant will serve as a fea­si­bil­ity study to en­able us to get an ac­cu­rate pic­ture of what we are deal­ing with,” he said.

“They will also bring to our at­ten­tion the dif­fer­ent chal­lenges they come across so that we can be able to de­sign cam­paigns that will suit each in­sti­tu­tion pre­cisely, which will ben­e­fit us in the long run.”

To en­sure the pageant is trans­par­ent and op­er­ates smoothly, Matela said they had en­gaged an ex­ter­nal co­or­di­na­tor who is ex­pe­ri­enced in pageantry to han­dle the or­ga­niz­ing process.

“The panel of judges will also con­sist of in­de­pen­dent peo­ple who do not work for LPPA or from the ter­tiary in­sti­tu­tions to avoid bi­ased of­fi­ci­at­ing,” he said.

LPPA pro­vides fam­ily plan­ning, sex­u­ally trans­mit­ted in­fec­tions man­age­ment, screen­ing for can­cers of the re­pro­duc­tive sys­tem, dis­tri­bu­tion of con­tra­cep­tives and emer­gency con­tra­cep­tives, preg­nancy test­ing, post-abor­tion care, vol­un­tary coun­selling and test­ing as well as man­age­ment of in­fec­tions.

Motswako rap­per khuli Chana

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