First Lady Gertrude Mutharika last night thanked organisers of the revived Miss Malawi beauty pageant for making girls to arise and shine through both in their looks and brains, as strategic thinkers in solving the country’s challenges.
Mutharika said this last night in her speech as the guest of honour at the colourful finals of the 2016/17 competition at Bingu International Convention Centre (Bicc) in Lilongwe.
Her speech came just before 14 beauty queens from across the country paraded before an enthusiastic audience that eagerly waited to know who would snatch the Miss Malawi crown.
Nation Publications Limited (NPL) and Zodiak Broadcasting Station (ZBS) are the organisers of the competition, after a four-year gap.
The competition’s theme was Managing Over-Population.
Apart from dazzling patrons with their beauty, the contestants tried to prove how brainy they are by stating how they would curb over-population in Malawi.
Said the First Lady: “Allow me to commend the organisers of this event for coming up with such a relevant theme considering the challenges our country is facing due to over- population.
“Miss Malawi is a competition that has set its goals in the principles of intelligence, confidence and service to the nation. These are values we should all be pursuing.”
Mutharika remarked that when she hosted the contestants to a dinner at Kamuzu Palace in Lilongwe on Wednesday, she was fascinated by the beauty, intelligence, decorum and confidence of all her guests, saying the judges would have a tough time picking the winner.
As we went to press yesterday, Miss Malawi 2017 was yet to be crowned. For full results of the beauty pageant, visit Nation Online (www.mwnation.com). n