As a strategic move to ensure that young people from Blantyre are actively participating in issues of national importance, organisers of Miss Blantyre have urged the office of Blantyre City’s Mayor to consider supporting the initiative.
Chairperson of Miss Blantyre, Daniel Ngwira, said the prospective Blantyre queen and other young people want to be engaged in social activities, instead of staying idle due to lack of opportunities or networks.
“We have pleaded with the office of the mayor to support Miss Blantyre because it is now in line with the vision of Blantyre City as a far its developmental blueprints are concerned. So, what we are saying is that here is an initiative that needs to be supported and safeguarded,” said Ngwira.
This year’s Miss Blantyre event is slated for October 30 at College of Medicine Sports Complex in Blantyre. It will be spiced up by performances from a cross-section of entertainers such as musicians and poets.
Blantyre mayor Noel Chalamanda is expected to be a guest of honour and retaliate his commitment to working with young people into to turn his dream of transforming the city of Blantyre.
Ngwira described youths such as beauty models as an ‘engine for socio-economic’ development if they can be put into right use by officials, government agencies and the corporate world. However, the long-standing issue of lack of commitment and support has let them down.
“This is the reason we want the office of the mayor, including other development partners to capitalise on the existing youths’ potential,” said Ngwira.