KELVIN KACHINGWE, Lusaka
TWENTY-ONE – year -old Bachelor of arts in education student Selia Jere, whose aspiration it is to become an agriculturist, last Saturday won the Miss UNZA [University of Zambia] 2016 crown during the pageant held at Best Western Plus Lusaka Grand Hotel.
For her feat, Selia won K3,000 cash, an all-expense paid-for trip to China scheduled for August, room/ accommodation at UNZA and a brand ambassadorship.
Makisa Kaponda, 19, a first-year student also studying for her bachelor of Arts with education and a supporter of youth development, was the First Runner-Up with Hope Nambela, 20, who describes herself as a great enthusiast of academics, fashion and patriotic politics, emerging as the Second Runner-Up.
The Miss Personality title went to Serah Mudenda, a second year student who is equally studying for her Bachelor of Arts degree with Education, and whose passion for modelling dates back to when was around 12 years old.
But those are just consolation prizes; the biggest prize was the Miss UNZA 2016 crown.
Although happy to win the crown, Selia remained humble in her achievement. She had a lot to thank for her achievement.
â€œMy biggest gratitude goes to the almighty Father above for all His mercies and grace upon my life. Secondly, I would like to thank the organisers of Miss UNZA. I learnt a lot from you from the word go. You were patient, tolerant and you never gave up on me,â€ she said following her win.
â€œThe former couture, you were always available when I needed you. You were never selective of who to help. You helped all of the contestants when we needed you.
Precious [Ngoma], you are an amazing coach with that amazing personality. I could never wish for a better trainer in place of you.
â€œKashu, you believed in me even when I doubted myself. You are the best cousin I could ever have. Rissa Designs, you would never miss on this. You have been with me from the word go and I could not thank you enough. Precious Phiri, aka â€˜Cropyâ€™ I love you, you are an amazing mate, worth keeping forever.
â€œTo Natasha Joan Mapulanga, Charity Nomvula Mwanza, Domia Lihonde and Katrina, you all played an amazing role in inspiring us all during our journey. May God continue leading you on that right path.â€
Well, it was a long tribute.
However, after the win, she hopes to campaign for peace and unity in the country together with her runners-ups.
â€œI would be lying if I say I will do this solo because I canâ€™t do it alone; but if we put our heads together, we can do this,â€ she says.
KELVIN KACHINGWE, Lusaka