Matthias, Fortunate are Mr and Miss Poly


By Sam Banda Jnr:

WINNING MOVES – Fortunate (left) catwalks in traditional wear

The spirit of never giving up and patience on Saturday saw 21-year-old Matthias Mphamba rise to the occasion to be crowned Mr Poly after shrugging off competition from two other contestants Garhi Mseseya and Ben Don and walk away with the top prize of K100,000 courtesy of a sponsorship from Join The Idea (JTI).

The event was held at The Polytechnic in Blantyre and delayed to start, going all the way to the early hours of yesterday. It marked the climax of the Mwamasukatu Soshoz which started on Friday with an open air.


Matthias was participating in the Mr Poly contest for the second time, having failed to do well at the first attempt.

He decided to try his luck again this year and finally made it, winning the hearts of the judges from the word go.

The Mr Poly contest focused much on body-building with Mphamba, Mseseya and Don showcasing their six pack and muscles, among others.


“I was confident that I would make it this time. This is my second time to contest. I failed in my first outing but I never gave up and I am happy I have triumphed this time. This is the spirit that I want to instil in fellow students. All you have to do is dust yourself and try again,” Matthias said.

The bachelor of business communication student said he would strive to work on different projects aimed at marketing the university outside.

Mseseya was the first prince and received K50,000 while Don was the last second prince and received K30,000.

In the Miss Poly contest, 18-year-old Fortunate Phiri outclassed two other contestants, Blessings Chithira and Esther Mbewe to claim the crown.

“I didn’t see this coming because I came out to participate while exhausted but thank God I made it. Actually I just decided to come out and participate just for fun,” Fortunate said.

Chithira was the first princess and received K50,000 while Mbewe was the second princess and pocketed K30,000.

The Miss Poly contest— which was hosted by, among others, Times presenter Blak Jak—saw the contestants show the best of their catwalk and came out in wears such as traditional.

In between the Mr and Miss Poly contest, the impressive audience sampled music performances from musicians such as Sir Patricks, Jay Jay Cee, Fredokiss, Malinga Mafia, Saint, Seven O More and Sangie.

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