Auditions for the first ever Mr. and Miss Albinism beauty pageant and talent show spearheaded by Association of Persons with Albinism (Apam) are in progress as the organisers seek to select the best for the event scheduled for next week Saturday at Bingu International Convention Centre (BICC) in Lilongwe.
Apam Programmes Lead and Event Organising Committees Focal Person, Peter Kayenda, said Wednesday they were happy with progress after holding auditions in Mzuzu and Lilongwe.
“We already conducted auditions in Mzuzu and now we are doing auditions in Lilongwe today (yesterday). We are consolidating the information for now but we should be having the results by end of business today (Wednesday),” Kayenda said.
He said they had picked three in Mzuzu and that their target was to pick between 15 and 20 contestants for the event.
“It is not just about picking everyone but we are looking for the crème de la crème. We are happy with the turnout and people will be in for the best come September 7 2019. It is going to be massive. By the way, it is not only the Mr and Miss Albinism but we are also talking of the Talent Show,” Kayenda said.
Meanwhile Kayenda said they would be holding auditions in Blantyre at Jacaranda Cultural Centre (JCC) Friday.
The contestants invited to auditions are persons with albinism between the ages of 18 to 35.
“We call upon those who would want to participate to come and audition at Jacaranda Cultural Centre in Blantyre, “he said.
The event, however will clash with the launch of musician Lulu’s album which will take place at the same venue on the same night but different halls.
Zambian musician B1, who has sparked with his song ‘Kwa George’, is expected to make a special appearance at the event as well as perform at Lulu’s launch.
“We know there are two events on the night but the other one is a musical event while ours is a beauty pageant. We have received massive support from people and we are looking forward to the day,” Kayenda said.
He said people need to come in large numbers because this will be the first ever Mr and Miss Albinism in the country but other countries such as Zimbabwe, Kenya and Guinea have hosted the event in their countries.