A TWENTY-two-year-old adult education student beat out eight other contestants to take this year’s Miss University of Zambia title in a beauty contest that was characterized by security lapses and poor organisation on the part of the students union, UNZASU.
Though well attended, the show kicked off to an unexplained three-hour delay and lasted for over five hours because of several disjointed music acts and delays.
The show was also not short of security blips as the security men for the night, who happened to be weightlifters from the UNZA gym somehow failed to properly execute their duties as they started to harass people at the function.
Away from that, it was however contestant number eight, Mainza Mtonga who also walked away with the Miss Personality Award that won the pageant that was staged at the American Dome in the Lusaka Showgrounds last Friday after swashbuckling confidently in a variety of outfits.
Mtonga, a first-year student replaces Samantha Gabriel who won last year’s contest at the same venue and walked away with a Samsung hamper, among other prizes at a contest whose theme was, “Championing the fight against Gender Based Violence (GBV).”
She impressed the judges’ panel of Feisal Harawa, Grendah Chisanga, Theresa Katongo a skin specialist, Christine Chibulo, a fashion designer, as well as Top Model of the World-Zambia 2012 winner, Nokuthula Ingwe.
Asked how she felt about winning the crown, Mtonga, who couldn’t hide her excitement and joy admitted that the competition was tough and that the other contestants were equally good. She also said that she never expected to be crowned Miss UNZA, especially after already being crowned Miss Personality.
“Right now, I am not in the best mood to describe the feeling, I am so happy, I just didn’t expect this crown. When it was announced that I had won the Miss Personality, I gave up, I lost hope and thought that someone else has obviously scooped it,” she said.
And relating to the theme, Mtonga encouraged women to stand up for their rights. She advised them to rise up and fight GBV together.
“They (women) have to be strong, they should not allow themselves to be taken for granted by men out there, they too have rights,” she said.
The pageant also saw Jemma Bnalo and Mwaka Mugala who were contestants’ number seven and one, respectively held to a tie which only had to be broken by another question. After the tie-breaking question, the verdict was finally passed and Jemma was crowned 1st Princess whereas Mwaka had to settle for the 2nd Princess.
The other contestants who participated were Mirriam Munalula, Catherine Phiri, Taonga Kaira, Taonga Chongo, Sibongile Musemwa and Elizabeth Chipeleme.
Meanwhile, artistes P Jay, Macky II, Alpha Romeo, and female rapper Brisky added colour to the show with their splendid breathtaking performances.
And at one time, P Jay partnered with his compatriot Alpha Romeo to deliver what one would call, an enthralling performance. It was however Copperbelt embattled rapper Macky II and female rapper Brisky’s performances that dazzled the crowd in the dome that was littered with bottles of beer all over the floor./DAILY MAIL