Face of Zim fi­nal­ists un­veiled

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Entertainment - Melissa Mpofu Show­biz Editor

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)

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