CHANDA MWENYA, Lusaka
AFTER undergoing mentorship at the hands of Miss Heritage Zambia 2016 winner Natasha Mapulanga and her runners-up Maria Chibula and Charity Mwanza, eight finalists will take to the catwalk at the Best Western Plus Lusaka Grand Hotel to battle it out for the Miss UNZA 2016 crown.
The finalists have had a busy schedule, but also a relaxing one at the same time; they recently had an outing to Muyangana Water Front on Kafue River.
They could not have asked for a better place to combine business and pleasure than the Muyangana Water Front; it has a serene site and relaxing atmosphere.
Besides enjoying the cruise, the music and the sumptuous food, the trip was used as a platform for mentorship and for spreading the message of peace and unity under the â€œOne Zambia, One Nationâ€ motto.
Miss UNZA Pageant director Precious Ngâ€™oma told the Weekend Mail in Lusaka that after noticing the traits of violence before and after the general elections, they thought it was important to inculcate the spirit of oneness and unity in the finalists.
â€œEveryone should know that we are one people despite our respective tribes and we owe it to future generations to maintain peace and unity in the nation,â€ Precious says.
The Miss UNZA pageant prides itself in not only being about beauty but also about intellect and humility.
Well, the platform is the Lusaka Grand Hotel for them to display their beauty and brains.
The finalists are Njavwa Nambela, Doris Namunji Kapembe, Makisa Limpo Kaponda, Serah Mudenda, Sikuka Simonda, Precious Kalaba and Celia Jere.
Njavwa, 20, is studying for her Bachelor of Arts with Education degree majoring in Chinese language and Literature with Mathematics and Statistics as minors; Doris, 20, does not state what she is studying but says she will be delighted and happy to win the title; Makisa, 19, is a first year student studying for her arts degree in education; Serah is a second year student studying for her arts degree in education; Sikuka is a third year student studying for her bachelorâ€™s degree in education; Precious, 21, is a second year student studying for her bachelor of arts degree in education; and Celia, 21, is also studying for her bachelor of arts degree in education.
CHANDA MWENYA, Lusaka