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Mwasalipa Mfune to star at Ms University Africa

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Former Miss Culture Malawi first princess Mwasalipa Mfune will represent the country at this year’s Miss University Africa to be held in October in Nigeria.

Mwasalipa last Saturday handed over her crown to Ruth Masamba during the Miss Culture Malawi 2022 held at Amaryllis Hotel in Blantyre.

She confirmed of the development in an interview yesterday saying she was looking forward to raising the country’s profile.

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“Hopefully the world will know Malawi better as I plan on presenting our core values and culture during this pageant,” she said.

The former first princess is currently pursuing her degree at Exploits University having got a scholarship award through Miss Culture Malawi beauty pageant.

Miss Culture Global Chief Executive Officer and Lush Africa Foundation founder, Lorraine Kljajic, said Lush Africa Foundation has international pageants as its partners hence owns some of the franchises.

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“We were approached last year by Miss University Africa and offered us the franchise. We then decided to give equal opportunities to the top three for each one of them to go outside and represent Malawi,” Lorraine said.

She said former Miss Culture Malawi 2021, Marumbo Mtonga, who relinquished her position to Memory Sanjira, attended the Miss Culture Global in South Africa whereas the second princess Murimu Kachitsa attended Miss Premium Africa.

“This is what we have on our plate, the queen goes to the parent pageant – Miss Culture Global whereas the two princesses go to other events such as Miss Premium Africa and Miss Polo International which failed to take place last year,” Lorraine said.

She said the top three’s participation gives them an added advantage when they seek their girls’ participation in the local pageant as they are sure of having more chances to go outside and represent the country.

“It also means that the more international pageants that are approaching us have seen the hard work and dedication that we put into the pageant and they too appreciate the quality of girls we select,” Lorraine said.

She further explained that Mwasalipa was selected firstly because she was the first princess of Miss Culture Malawi and secondly, she also fits in the requirements of what Miss University Africa wants.

Miss University Africa is an annual international beauty pageant organised by Visions, Innovations and Concepts.

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