Her walks were categorical, and so captivating was her dressing coupled with a bewitching smile which kept the youthful audience open-mouthed in envy.
When 16-year-old Doreen Chapuma emerged the best and earned herself a crown of Miss Chinamwali during an event which was held at Chinamwali Private Secondary School Hall in Zomba on Saturday no one protested.
The event which attracted about 20 contestants from Chinamwali Township ended with only six who made the grade. This means Chapuma will represent the township in the Miss Zomba contest slated for December.
Beaming with confidence and urged on by the cheering crowd, mostly her friends, it was evident that the intelligent Dzuka Girls Private Secondary School Form Two student will carry the day.
“I did not expect to achieve this although I was getting encouragement from my friends. I owe this to God and I am very thankful to Him. I do not take this for granted considering that the competition was tough,” said Chapuma.
She attributed her success to well-rehearsed paces in dinner, casual, traditional and office wear categories. Lindiwe Kazembe was the first princess whereas Abigail Kamaliza was the second princess. They went away with airtime vouchers of various denominations, among some of the prizes given at the event.
However, the show was nearly marred when some overzealous youths stormed the stage to deny their colleagues from Chikanda Township to perform.
The visitors left and the show continued.