The search for the next Miss Malawi begins, the theme that the new queen will score highly on is Managing the Rapid Population Growth in Malawi.
This was announced at a press briefing earlier on Wednesday at Zodiak Broadcasting Station (ZBS) in Lilongwe by the beauty pageant organising chair Albert Banda.
Banda, who is also marketing manager for Nation Publications Limited (NPL) –which is jointly organising the competition with fellow media giant ZBS– said the theme is of national importance since it cripples just about every service delivery when over-population occurs.
He, however, appealed to parents to allow their daughters to participate in the forthcoming Miss Malawi Beauty Contest, saying the Miss Malawi pageant is a platform that empowers young gals and that it is key in establishing networks.
“We are looking for smart and beautiful girls between the ages of 18 and 25 who will be able to articulate issues on population in Malawi,” said Banda.
He, however, appealed to organisations to help in sponsoring the event, pointing out that the challenging theme is good cause for wide-reaching participatory work that will unearth national solutions to a big challenge that threatens to lower people’ living standards.
In her remarks, ZBS director of news Tereza Ndanga, who is the spokesperson for the organising committee, said the early search for the next queen will not disturb the reigning queen’s tasks in any way.
“Rather, this will allow for the smooth preparation for the next Miss Malawi contest. And we will continue to support the reigning queen in the best way we can, while will also be engaging the other girls around the country,” she added.
Auditions in search of the beauty queen are scheduled to take place on September 30 at BICC in Lilongwe, on October 7 in Mzuzuand on October 14 in Blantyre. The final contest is slated for April 28 2017 at BICC in Lilongwe.
The reigning Miss Malawi queen Cecelia Khofi, has been a great ambassador and servant of Malawians. So far, she pitched up at Parliament, where she interacted with the Members of Parliament (MPs), she went to Machinga, where she gave a motivational talk and interacted with girls and she also attended the World Population Day commemoration, among other things.
Apart from the top three contestants from last year’s beauty contest, all the other girls are encouraged to participate again in this year’s Miss Malawi contest.