ZIO MWALE, Lusaka
TEN models will battle it out for the Miss UNZA [University of Zambia] 2017 title, currently held by Selia Jere, during the final pageant that is scheduled for next Saturday at Hotel Inter-Continental in Lusaka.
The 10 contestants are 21-year-old Pamela Nanyangwe, who is studying Administration and Management in the School of Education; Namakau Mubita, 22, studying Adult Education; Precious Phiri, 21, pursuing a bachelor’s degree in education; Lilian Chipanda, 21, also studying adult education; and Monayi Mumba, 20, who is studying to be a social worker.
Others are 19-year-old Lisa Chisanga, who is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in education; Natasha Lwanda, studying environmental education; Christine Hamuluwa, 20, pursuing bachelor’s degree in education; Pamela Nanyangwe, 21, studying Public Administration; Tsepho Mubiana, 20, doing developmental studies; and Chipo Mwanga, 20, doing gender studies.
The 10 finalists were shortlisted from the 20 who had initially auditioned for the pageant which is being held under the theme ‘Promoting Intellect, Humility and Beauty’.
Director and mentor for the Miss UNZA Precious Ng’oma told the Weekend Mail that UNZA is the highest learning institution in the country and as such, the pageant should reflect that in both the contestants and the winner.
“The Miss UNZA pageant is ready, and the girls are undergoing mentorship and training, we are eyeing for a highest standard possible for the event,” she said.
Precious says the pageant had been rebranded so that it can promote intellect, humility and beauty.
“All three words are included in the pageant logo,” she says. “Miss UNZA is a pageant focusing not only on promoting beauty, but brains as well; one that is full of fun but also requires the participants to under-go training in lady-like etiquette… I can only hope that the new Miss UNZA will have a poise and grace with regard to the manner in which she carries herself.”
Precious has some words of advice for the girls.
“You have the chance to build a lifelong sisterhood amongst yourselves. Also, take this opportunity to positively impact the lives of others in any way possible. No act of kindness is ever too small,” she says.
“To the person who walks away with the title of Miss UNZA 2017, work tirelessly to be the change you’d like to see. Use you crown to inspire and build up not only yourself but others.”
The newly crowned Miss UNZA will be expected to represent the University of Zambia and its students well. The queen will also be expected to use the title to influence effective and positive change on campus and in her community in order for her to grow bigger and better in future.