New Miss Tourism lead­ers set­ting a new pace

The Herald (Zimbabwe) - - Lifestyle - Tsitsi Nd­abambi

NOR­MALLY the ones who take over the brand ba­ton al­ways strive on im­prov­ing the adopted brand with the aim of as­cend­ing to the top. This is the vi­sion that the new Miss Tourism Zim­babwe pres­i­dent and li­cence holder Mrs Sarah Mpofu-Sibanda has.

“Our team has pledged to hold this pageant dif­fer­ently as you have just wit­nessed at the sash­ing cer­e­mony and tal­ent event whereby we made it a big event ac­com­mo­dat­ing many au­di­ence at short no­tice,” she said, “we have also de­cided to give both Mashona­land and Mata­bele­land a taste of the pie kick­ing off the event here in Harare.”

The fi­nale is set for Bu­l­awayo on September 22, 2018 with the win­ner is set to rep­re­sent the coun­try at the Miss World Tourism pageant to be held later this year.

“I am proud to say that there is a fair representation of all ten provinces and if it were not for travel com­pli­ca­tions, we would have had a girl from Cape Town also join­ing us,” proudly added Sarah who was com­mended for be­ing hands on and on the ground to make the event a suc­cess.

The well at­tended Sash­ing cer­e­mony which was held at Yadah Ho­tel cour­tesy of Prophet Wal­ter Ma­gaya and his wife Tendai, was spec­tac­u­lar as the twenty one con­tes­tants show­cased their tal­ents in front of a panel of five judges.

‘‘Un­veil­ing the beauty of Zim­babwe’’ is this year’s theme of Miss Tourism Zim­babwe and in­deed the elo­quent fi­nal­ists dis­played beauty of their dif­fer­ent cul­tures through their nat­u­ral born tal­ents be­fore ex­tend­ing it to the coun­try’s won­ders.

Life Mathun­zeni and Silethemba Maphosa all hail­ing from Man­i­ca­land brought ev­ery­one to stitches with their solo comic acts; the other con­tes­tants ei­ther did po­etry, act­ing, sing­ing or danc­ing.

Maita Kainga from Harare who prob­a­bly brought a few to shed­ding a tear was an­nounced the win­ner of the tal­ent cat­e­gory after sing­ing the late Chion­iso Maraire’s leg­endary track, “Ivai Nesu.”

Guest of hon­our Mrs Betty Kaseke who was as­sisted by Prophet­ess Ma­gaya in sash­ing the fi­nal­ists said there was a need for these girls to ac­quire more knowl­edge on do­mes­tic tourism so that who­ever takes the throne will be well pre­pared to rep­re­sent the coun­try at the world pageant.

In­stead of sash­ing the girls the tra­di­tional way whereby they pose in a queue and re­ceive their sashes, this time around each con­tes­tant had to make a solo cat­walk to the dig­ni­taries who then sashed them.

The chief judge, Sibu­siswe Dube Mleya, talk­ing to the me­dia said the five days that they gath­ered to­gether at Yadah Ho­tel with the fi­nal­ists meet­ing for the first time al­ready bonded the girls; “we have so far done a few ac­tiv­i­ties with the girls teach­ing them about en­trepreneur­ship, life skills and even took them to the prayer moun­tain for a spir­i­tual con­nec­tion with God.”

She said there are a few more ac­tiv­i­ties lined up for the girls dur­ing boot camp un­til the fi­nal day when they com­pete for the crown on September 22 in Bu­l­awayo.

How­ever the ush­er­ing in of in­vited guests and con­stant re­fer­ring to the guest list was slow which ended up cre­at­ing a long queue hence the event started two hours later than ex­pected.

For­mer Miss Tourism Zim­babwe queen Os­lie Mat­sikinyere who was the host of the evening did a luke­warm job and prob­a­bly if she had co-hosted with some ex­pe­ri­enced mas­ters of cer­e­monies who were present at the event per­haps she would have a done a bet­ter job. To top up to the ele­gant at­mos­phere which was the or­der of the evening, the au­di­ence was treated to cham­pagne and food all freely pro­vided for by their hosts.

All is there­fore set for an ex­plo­sive main event in the city of kings which is no doubt itch­ing to host the big event.

Sarah Mpofu-Sibanda

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