Miss Tourism to sur­ren­der car af­ter reign

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

RE­CENTLY crowned Miss Tourism Zim­babwe (MTZ), Ash­ley Mor­gen, may want to pur­chase her own ve­hi­cle with the $20 000 prize money she is set to re­ceive on Wed­nes­day as the ve­hi­cle which she won at the week­end will have to be sur­ren­dered to the MTZ Trust once she com­pletes her reign.

While other Miss Tourism Zim­babwe queens like Vanessa Sibanda (2009) and Rumbidzai Mudzen­gerere kept the ve­hi­cles they won, it will not be the same for the Bu­l­awayo beauty.

“Ash­ley will only use the car for her reign as she’ll have to bring it back to the Miss Tourism Zim­babwe Trust once she com­pletes her du­ties,” said MTZ pa­tron Bar­bara Mzembi yes­ter­day.

The ve­hi­cle spon­sored by South Africa-based Gwanda busi­ness­man, Jus­tice Maphosa’s Big Time Events, to­gether with the queen’s other prizes will be pre­sented to her at a prize giv­ing cer­e­mony in Harare on Wed­nes­day. For­tu­nately, the queen has a li­cence so she will likely drive her­self from the prize giv­ing cer­e­mony.

Mor­gen, who was men­tored by Sarah Mpofu’s Fin­gers Mod­el­ling Acad­emy, is ex­pected in Bu­l­awayo this morn­ing from Harare to spend time with fam­ily and friends be­fore start­ing her du­ties. She will travel back to Harare on Wed­nes­day to start pre­par­ing for the looming Miss Tourism In­ter­na­tional pageant be­ing held in Malaysia next month.

Mzembi said a lot of trips had al­ready been lined up for Mor­gen.

“Ash­ley will have to travel to Amer­ica, prob­a­bly in Jan­uary next year where she’s been in­vited by the con­ser­va­tion so­ci­ety. But be­fore that, she has to travel to Madrid for a tourism fair,” said Mzembi.

How­ever, for now, the fo­cus is on pre­par­ing the queen for the Malaysia trip where she is set to rep­re­sent Zim­babwe at Miss Tourism In­ter­na­tional.

“Our fo­cus now is on tu­tor­ing Ash­ley, sort­ing out her wardrobe and teach­ing her eti­quette as we pre­pare for the world con­test. She’ll be stay­ing with me for the next three weeks be­fore she leaves for Malaysia,” said Mzembi.

Un­like other pageants where mod­els have had to re­lo­cate to Harare for their reign, Miss Tourism Zim­babwe is unique as Mor­gen will be re­sid­ing in Bu­l­awayo and will only travel to Harare when she has du­ties to take care of there.

“There’ll be no need for the queen to stay in Harare as she can do most of the stuff while she’s in Bu­l­awayo. She’s a univer­sity stu­dent and also has to fo­cus on her stud­ies so we’ll en­sure that we don’t strain her.”

The MTZ first princess, Nonhlanhla Dube, an­other Bu­l­awayo beauty will be work­ing closely with the Zim­babwe Agri­cul­tural So­ci­ety (ZAS) for the next year.

“The first princess was crowned Miss Agro Tourism and her duty is to as­sist the growth of agri­cul­ture in the coun­try. She’ll also be the face of next year’s agri­cul­tural show,” said Mzembi.

Dube will be given a car by ZAS, also for use dur­ing the reign only. cans and fly­ing beer.

Then Jah Prayzah’s band came on and did a sound check while his dancers did some warm up moves. But the crowd had waited enough. “Ti’kuda Jah! Ti’kuda Mud­hara! (We want Jah! We want Mud­hara!)

Then the un­think­able hap­pened. They too got cans fly­ing their way. As they dodged the fly­ing alu­minium, Jah came run­ning onto the stage and wild cheers erupted.

The venue was packed be­yond rec­om­mended ca­pac­ity.

Jah brought it on. He gave a wham­mer of a per­for­mance and soon ev­ery­one seemed to for­get the ear­lier chaos as they melted into eu­phoric Prayzah plea­sure.

The show ended just be­fore 2AM and be­fore he left the stage, Jah apol­o­gised for the chaos that had taken place ear­lier and promised to get a big­ger venue next time.

Yes­ter­day, Jah Prayzah was in Cape Town where he was set to per­form at the Kirsten­bosch Sum­mer Sun­set Con­cert. — Zim­bo­jam/Show­biz Re­porter/Gem­na­tion

Mabla cleans up af­ter fans threw cans on stage

Miss Tourism Zim Ash­ley Mor­gen flanked by her princesses Nonhlanhla Dube and Shirley-Anne Lind­sey

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