It has been four years since Malawi last had a beauty queen. And finally on Friday, April 28, at Bingu International Convention Centre (Bicc) the new Miss Malawi was crowned. She is Cecilia Khofi.
In a tightly contested finale, she won the hearts of the audience and judges alike with her confidence, charm and brains.
But who is the new Miss Malawi?
Cecilia is a 23-year-old holder of a bachelor of science degree in nutrition, from Chancellor College, a constituent college of the University of Malawi. Currently, she is working with the Ministry of Health.
“Apart from this I am a human rights activist working with different organisations fighting against gender-based violence and human trafficking,” she said.
The new Miss Malawi boasts of having a unique middle name called Njenjengwa, which means clever and intelligent. She says she was named after her late great grandmother.
“Till now, my family and I believe I am the only Njenjengwa in Malawi, which is very interesting,” she added.
The new Miss Malawi said with the inspiration she got from her mother, she decided to join the Miss Malawi competition.
According to her, she plans to help others and be a role model to young girls who struggle to find someone to look up to.
“I want to use my voice for the growth, development and betterment of Malawi, especially through educating the girl child. I believe that education is the best weapon in bringing about positive changes to our society and that it is the strongest mitigation measure for overpopulation,” she said.
The new Miss Malawi plans to implement a programme that will ensure that girls are inspired and empowered to attain education.
In her free time, the Blantyre-based Cecilia loves playing basketball, going to the gym and playing drums. She also loves travelling.
During meal times, chips with kampango fish and salad are her favourite.
The Miss Malawi beauty contest is now under the management of Malawi’s two media giants, Nation Publications Limited (NPL) and Zodiak Broadcasting Station (ZBS). n