Malawi lost to Ghana in the inaugural Miss Africa beauty pageant but the country’s representative, Veronica Boaz, believes the country won in a way by just participating in the contest.
Boaz is confident that a window of opportunity will soon open up that will see Malawi reaping fruits of her participation.
“Ghana won and I am glad I was there and I have learnt a lot. I don’t see myself as a loser, it’s all about acceptance, everything happens for a reason,” said Boaz in an interview from Johannesburg.
She said she is optimistic of opportunities that will come her way which will benefit the country as whole.
“I believe in action than words, the only thing I can say is that wish me luck to better my dreams. I know well from the Miss Africa management they are not leaving us but will work with us as we are ambassadors to represent Miss Africa in our countries. I am living with hope,” she said.
However, the 19-year-old could not comment on what made her lose but rather focused on the future.
“No comment on what I think made me to lose. However, I have learnt so many cultures, traditions and beliefs about other countries. The pageant was a reinforcement of what I believe in—beauty pageants are not about showcasing the outer/beautiful face you have, how you walk on stage to impress, it is about beauty with brains.
“Aspire, empower and reach out to the needy out there. Let us also think of education as the means of developing our greatest abilities because in each of us there is a dream and hope, which fulfilled can be translated into a benefit for everyone and greater strength for our nation,” explained Boaz.
Currently, Miss Malawi South Africa first princess, Boaz competed with 11 other contestants in the pageant organised by Miss Africa is organised by Pro-Act Communications.
The contest intends to liaise with NGOs focusing on washable sanitary pads for young woman across Africa thus utilizing it as a platform to communicate education.