Mo­hapi crowned Miss Ter­tiary

Lesotho Times - - Weekender - Mo­halenyane Phakela

TWENTY-YEAR old Kamo­h­elo Mo­hapi walked away M20 000 richer on Satur­day af­ter win­ning the Miss Ter­tiary In­sti­tu­tions 2015 pageant held at the Na­tional Univer­sity of Le­sotho’s (NUL) Nether­lands Hall in Roma.

The pageant was planned by the Le­sotho Planned Par­ent­hood as­so­ci­a­tion (LPPA) and fea­tured 18 con­tes­tants from var­i­ous ter­tiary in­sti­tu­tions in Maseru.

It was meant to pro­vide the youths with sex­ual health in­for­ma­tion and other re­lated LPPA ser­vices.

among the acad­e­mies rep­re­sented was Lerotholi Polytech­nic, Na­tional Health Train­ing Col­lege, Le­sotho Col­lege of Ed­u­ca­tion, In­sti­tute of Ex­tra Mu­ral Stud­ies and NUL.

dur­ing the pageant, Tšepiso Thel­lane and Ntšeliseng Mo­hapeloa also clinched the first and sec­ond princess ti­tles while tak­ing home M10 000 and M5000 re­spec­tively. Mo­hapi, who is former Miss Le­sotho, and her two princesses will serve as LPPA am­bas­sadors over the year of their reign and work closely with the as­so­ci­a­tion in its cam­paigns.

LPPA is cur­rently fo­cus­ing on ed­u­cat­ing young peo­ple about the es­ca­lat­ing in­ci­dents of ma­ter­nal mor­tal­ity among youths and com­bat­ing the stigma faced by HIV/AIDS pa­tients.

Mo­hapi oozed con­fi­dence as she show­cased poise, beauty, and brains by elo­quently re­spond­ing to the ques­tions posed by judges.

The ques­tions re­volved around the strate­gies that needed to be em­ployed to en­sure young peo­ple could ac­cess health ser­vices. The con­tes­tants were also asked how they would use their po­si­tion to en­cour­age their peers to adopt healthy life­styles.

a buoy­ant Mo­hapi told the Week­ender af­ter tak­ing the crown that her re­search about LPPA’S mis­sion and ob­jec­tives gave her the edge over the other con­tes­tants.

“I was com­pet­ing against ex­pe­ri­enced con­tes­tants, most of whom have won ti­tles in the past.

“But through de­ter­mi­na­tion and ef­fec­tively an­swer­ing the ques­tions given to me, I had an ad­van­tage over the oth­ers,” she said.

“I re­searched about LPPA be­cause I knew the ques­tions would be cen­tered on the as­so­ci­a­tion’s pro­grammes. added to that, their ac­tiv­i­ties are also in line with the course I am study­ing.”

The sec­ond year Bach­e­lor of arts in Hu­man­i­ties stu­dent at NUL said win­ning the ti­tle would help achieve her goal of in­spir­ing the youth to fight the stigma as­so­ci­ated with HIV/AIDS and the high rate of ma­ter­nal deaths among the youth.

“as a beauty queen, my main ob­jec­tive is to work closely with the com­mu­nity to change their lives for the bet­ter. I en­tered this pageant be­cause I saw it as the per­fect plat­form to ad­dress the chal­lenges fac­ing the youth,” she said.

“Ter­tiary stu­dents are greatly af­fected by the high HIV/AIDS preva­lence rate and ma­ter­nal deaths be­cause they some­times try to keep their preg­nan­cies a se­cret and don’t seek med­i­cal at­ten­tion. oth­ers re­sort to il­le­gal abor­tions which in­crease the risk of death.”

She added: “I am go­ing to use this ti­tle to help LPPA ap­peal to youths in dif­fer­ent com­mu­ni­ties and schools through var­i­ous cam­paigns.

“I also in­tend to en­cour­age par­ents to talk to their chil­dren about the chal­lenges we face as young peo­ple so that to­gether we can make Le­sotho a bet­ter place.”

MISS Ter­tiary In­sti­tu­tions Kamo­h­elo Mo­hapi is flanked by First Princess Tsepiso Thel­lane (left) and Sec­ond Princess Nt­seliseng Mo­hapeloa.

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