By MAPALO LUPUPA
SINGER Muky Mwale emerged victorious over nine other contestants and walked away with a DStv explora after being crowned â€œMrs Forever Young 2014â€ last Saturday.
Acting Deputy Chief Justice Florence Mumba and Education Minister John Phiriâ€™s wife, Edith, witnessed the beauty pageant that was held at Sylva University in Lusaka.
Centred on celebrating womenâ€™s achievements in the 50 years of Zambiaâ€™s independence, the event featured not just beautiful faces but successful entrepreneurs, mothers and grandmothers.
The pageant, featuring adult women aged between 40 and 61, showcased all catwalk categories to determine the winner. The talent category was the highlight of the event as contestants were given an opportunity to speak about their achievements in life.
Cosmetologist Chisha Burns emerged first princess and won a night for two at Protea Hotel in Chisamba, and Florence Mwewa, a grandmother of 31, an entrepreneur who started her career as a secretary, came out as second princess and won herself membership to Curves Gym in Lusaka. Businesswoman Eanice Sikazwe won the Miss Talent and Miss Popularity titles.
Rita Mulomba, 61, a professional secretary, scooped the Miss Catwalk, Born n Bred award winner Mama Nyongo scooped the Best Life Story category. The rest of the winners were Chongo Mutumpa (Best Smile), Brenda Chingunku (Miss Personality) and politician Charity Banda (Most Entertaining).
All contestants in the show shared real-life stories concerning their careers and how they juggle them with family roles in order to inspire young women to aim high.
Event coordinator Harriet Chitembo told the Weekend Mail that the beauty pageant, which targeted women over the age of 40, was meant to celebrate achievers and overcomers who have inspiring stories.
Mrs Phiri, the wife of the Minister of Education, urged the contestants to believe in themselves, because they have the ability to excel if they make the right choices.
She said, â€œIn order to make good choices, be able to listen to good advice, have self-confidence, be positive, and be a builder as well as a contributor to mother Zambia.â€
Green Labels Band and a traditional dance group, Nomakanjani, spiced up the show with music and dance.
Part of the proceeds from the show went to Bwalya Mulenga, 23, a hairdresser who would like to recapitalise her business. The event was sponsored by Adelinaâ€™s Touch of Glam, Sylva University, MultiChoice, Protea Hotel, Curves Gym, Exams Made Easy and Africa Trust Academy.
By MAPALO LUPUPA