The 2016/17 Miss Malawi project, which seeks to manage the country’s rising population through the power of beauty and brains, has received a boost from First Lady Gertrude Mutharika who will on Wednesday host the finalists to a dinner at Kamuzu Palace in Lilongwe.
The event will also be graced by Mary Chilima, the wife to vice-president Saulosi Chilima, according to Miss Malawi organising committee chairperson Albert Banda.
Organisers of the pageant, Nation Publications Limited (NPL) and Zodiak Broadcasting Station (ZBS) have since hailed the First Lady for her commitment to give morale to the contestants and the beauty pageant, as a whole.
The Miss Malawi grand finale is slated for Bingu International Convention Centre (Bicc) Banquet Hall on Friday, April 28.
Fourteen contestants are expected to strut it out in different categories, including intellectual excellence.
In her official response to the invitation to be guest of hounour at the grand finale, Mutharika, through her Beautify Malawi (Beam) Trust, indicated that she will host the 14 finalists to a dinner at Kamuzu Palace.
Reads part of the letter: “As a token of appreciation and morale booster, I would be very glad to host the 14 contestants to a dinner at Kamuzu Palace on the same day, after a cleaning exercise with the contestants.”
The First Lady underscored the importance of empowering young people whom she described as key players in building and influencing the right mindset among their peers and communities in as far as good sanitation practices and population issues are concerned.
The First Lady also assured her full support during the actual crowning of Miss Malawi at Bicc, saying a delegation of Beam trustees, executive and committee members will represent her.
Banda described Mutharika’s gesture as a motivation to the fight waged against overpopulation in the country.
The Miss Malawi finale will be spiced up exciting activities such as music performances by Sangie, Lulu, The GreatAngels Choir and Mizu Band.n