Miss Culture Malawi Malumbo Mtonga left the country on Tuesday for South Africa where she is expected to participate in the Miss Culture International event.
Miss Culture International, which has attracted over 20 contestants, kicked off on Sunday with other activities whereas the grand finale is scheduled this coming Saturday.
Mtonga arrived in South Africa Wednesday.
Miss Culture International Chief Executive Officer Lorraine Kljajic hailed Ethiopian Airlines for supporting Miss Culture Malawi.
“Ethiopian Airlines gave us a ticket and that means the other money we raised will be used for allowances,” Lorraine said.
She said the contest promises thrills in that the contestants had brought their national and cultural wear.
“The national and cultural wears are the most exciting categories in the competition,” Lorraine said.
Ahead of the contest, Mtonga sounded an SOS that she needed support after failing to raise airfare.
But, last Thursday, she afforded herself a smile after it was confirmed she would now travel to South Africa and then later got support from Ethiopian Airlines.
Mtonga said she was geared to represent Malawi and was looking forward to nothing but success.
“It will not be easy but I am ready and will try my level best to get the crown,” she said.
Apart from Mtonga, some of the participants include Pauline Marere (Zimbabwe), Reatile Molefe (Lesotho) and Busisiwe Mthethwa (eSwatini).
The winner, according to Lorraine, is expected to walk home with R100,000, Black Pal all year supply of products as well as be the ambassador.
The second and third-placed ones will pocket R50,000 and R20,000, respectively.