Nevertheless, the secondary schools’ pageant queen was more than a pretty face. Her confidence on the parade and her intelligence during questions time left the judgesâ€”former Miss Malawi Faith Chibale, former Miss Blantyre Rose Matinga and 2008 M-Net Face of Africa representative Nancy Chaviâ€”sure she was the best of the 12 contestants on the afternoon.
The FormÂ 4 student also outshone her contenders in school, sports, traditional and dinner wear categories.
“I am excited to be the first schoolsâ€™ queen. I will use the crown to fight absenteeism in schools and to sensitise my fellow youths on the dangers of early marriages and premarital sex,” said the 18-year-old queen.
Astep Secondary School’s Alisha Phiri, 19, was named first princess while Merisha Mamba from Athens Secondary School took the second princess accolade.
Tabwera Entertainment, who organised the event, have sourced aÂ K100 000 scholarship from Skyway Institute for Management and Rural Development (Simard) and K15 000 shopping voucher from L. Devraj Clothing Shop as prizes for the schools’ top beauty. The princesses got K10 000 and K7 000 from L. Devraj.
“The queen and her runners-up will share K50 000 from Joyce Banda Foundation,” said Tabwera’s events manager Nicra Watts Chikopa.
The beauty contest was spiced up byÂ performances from Diktator, Breaking Silence, Blacka Fella, Kumbu and other urban music artists.