Face of Zim finalists unveiled
ORGANISERS of the Black Opal Face of Zimbabwe (Bofoz) beauty pageant have unveiled this year’s finalists.
Eleven ladies – Nichola Carr, Zoe Mpofu, Samukeliso Ndlovu, Marcia Chigogo, Tabeth Nyahasha, Hazvineyi Chihota, Robin Chivanga, Angela Mafuku, Gugulethu Nyathi, Mazvita Chakawa and Gina Mutemri will take to the ramp on September 17 at a finale taking place at the Glamis Arena in Harare.
The pageant, which is expected to kick off at 7PM, is being held under the theme: “Define your beauty”.
Event organiser, Tanaka Ngorora said the lady who would be crowned queen would walk away with $8 000 as well as a year’s supply of Black Opal products among many other prizes. Outgoing Bofoz queen, Cynthia Mafumhe is expected to crown this year’s winner.
Members of the public have not been left out as the person who will cast the most votes for their favourite contestant stands a chance to win a Toyota IST vehicle.
Ngorora said they had roped in top events promotion’s company, Chipaz Promotions to assist with the organisation of the event which will this year feature a performance from Jamaica’s Romain Virgo.
“This year, we’ve engaged Chipaz Promotions as the event goes a gear up. Jamaican star Romain Virgo will perform at the pageant,” said Ngorora.
Local artistes billed to perform are Jah Prayzah, Souljah Love, Freeman, Dobba Don, Judgment Yard, Garry B, Templeman and Probeatz.
“The first segment of the night, starting from 7PM, will be dedicated to pageantry. And from 9PM, we’re hoping to have crowned the queen so that the party begins with performances from all the artistes.”
Tickets to the event are already on sale at $10 for regular entry and $20 for VIP.
The pageant was last year rocked by a scandal after its second princess — Mercy Kamanura was convicted of shoplifting at an Edgars’ store. To avoid a similar situation, organisers have this year placed strict rules which if broken, will lead to immediate disqualification.
Last week, one of the finalists, Tendai Suruma, was disqualified for breaking the competition rules leaving 11 contestants in the running for the crown.
“Tendai Suruma was disqualified as a finalist for failing to attend the Bofoz 2016 boot camp and informing Bofoz project team on short notice,” said Ngorora.
But despite that setback, Bofoz has proved to be the most serious pageant in the country, crowning the crème, year in year out, while flagship pageants like Miss World Zimbabwe fail to kick off.- @maffarro
Some of the Bofoz 2016 finalists. (picture by Tsitsi Ndabambi)