Malawi has reached the finals of the inaugural Miss Africa beauty pageant, scheduled for April 30 in Johannesburg, South Africa. South African based model Veronica Boaz is raising the Malawi flag, competing with 11 contestants drawn from different countries on the continent.
In an interview from Johannesburg, the 19-year-old believes Malawi stands to benefit a lot if she wins, of which she is confident.
“I trust in myself and I am aiming at nothing but a win. Malawi could benefit if I won because my dream is to one day open an organisation back home. Over the past years, I have been doing charity works such as donating clothes, but this was an initiative as a family.
“Again, during the floods that hit Malawi last year, I was part of the team here in South Africa known as Malawi Flood Task Team whose aim was to source donations and was sending clothes and food, among others,” said Boaz.
She is representing the country by virtue of her being the first princess of Miss Malawi South Africa.
“I am the current first princess of Miss Malawi and I was approached by Macrain a modelling agency. Before they heard about me, they tried to communicate with some model agency there in Malawi if they could send someone to represent Malawi here in South Africa at the pageant. But the agencies she communicated with couldn’t send anyone due to financials. That’s when they approached me,” she stated.
The 12 finalists are from Ghana, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Rwanda, Miss Nigeria, South Africa, Lesotho and Angola.
According to several information online sources, the Miss Africa pageant is organised by Pro-Act Communications and liaises with NGOs focusing on washable sanitary pads for young woman across Africa thus utilising it as a platform to communicate education. n