Duo to rep­re­sent Le­sotho at pageant

Lesotho Times - - Entertainment - Mo­halenyane Phakela

BEAUTY queens Kara­belo Makara (18) and Tho­toane Mot­lomelo (23) are set to rep­re­sent Le­sotho as the coun­try makes its de­but par­tic­i­pa­tion at the pres­ti­gious Miss Africa Con­ti­nent 2016 pageant in South Africa.

The pageant will start on 14 April 2016, with the crown­ing set for 30 April at The Lyric The­ater of the Gold Reef City in Jo­han­nes­burg.

Ac­cord­ing to its web­site, the pageant was launched in 2014 and is ded­i­cated to the devel­op­ment and growth of young women through ed­u­ca­tion, train­ing, com­mu­nity devel­op­ment, op­por­tu­ni­ties and ex­po­sure, it also aims to build sol­i­dar­ity among Africans through ad­vo­cacy on top­i­cal is­sues fac­ing the con­ti­nent such as poverty and xeno­pho­bia.

The two beauty queens told the Week­ender this week they were up for the chal­lenge and promised to bring the ti­tle home.

“When I browsed through the list of en­trants on the Miss Africa pageant so­cial me­dia page, the com­pe­ti­tion looked in­tim­i­dat­ing es­pe­cially con­tes­tants from Guinea and DRC who are very tall,” said Makara.

“How­ever, I am up for any chal­lenge. I am a very com­pet­i­tive and de­ter­mined per­son who is in­tent on bring­ing the crown home.”

On her part, Mot­lomelo also ex­pressed con­fi­dence she had what it took to clinch the pres­ti­gious crown.

“I went for au­di­tions and photo-shoots with some of the con­tes­tants ear­lier this year, and I have not seen any com­pe­ti­tion. There­fore noth­ing will stop me from bring­ing the crown home,” she said.

Makara’s ac­co­lades in­clude be­ing the Miss King­dom Na­tion 2014 First Princess, Miss Queen of Tourism 2015 First Princess and Miss King­dom Na­tion 2015. Mot­lomelo won the Miss Crown Royale ti­tle last year. The duo will be com­pet­ing be­yond Le­sotho’s bor­ders for the first time dur­ing the pageant.

Le­sotho was for­mally ad­mit­ted into the con­ti­nen­tal glam­our show last Au­gust af­ter of­fi­cials from the Beauty Pageant As­so­ci­a­tion of Le­sotho (BPAL) signed a par­tic­i­pa­tion agree­ment in a cer­e­mony at­tended by rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the pageant in Maseru.

Dur­ing the sign­ing cer­e­mony at AVANI Le­sotho Ho­tel, Miss Africa Con­ti­nent Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer Bruce Leonard said the pageant would not only unite Africa but also give the rest of the world a dif­fer­ent per­spec­tive of the con­ti­nent.

“With con­tes­tants rep­re­sent­ing dif­fer­ent African coun­tries, the pageant is set to be one of the most cel­e­brated events on the African cal­en­dar,” he said.

“Its ob­jec­tive is to in­ter­act with African coun­tries on var­i­ous plat­forms, be­come an ed­u­ca­tional plat­form and em­pow­er­ing tool to the young African woman,” Leonard said.

“We have en­gaged the coun­tries to en­sure that the pageant stays within its man­date and that the girls are not ex­ploited. There will also be bootcamps where the ladies will be equipped with life cop­ing skills.”

Kara­belo Makara.

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