At long last, Miss Culture Malawi Malumbo Mtonga can afford a smile as she is now set to travel to South Africa to represent the country at Miss Culture International event set for December 4 2021.
Mtonga sweated to raise money for airfare but she indicated Thursday that all was well and that she was due to travel to the Rainbow Nation on November 30.
“It’s all good now. Everything is in black and white and sorted. I am looking forward to the contest as well as meeting contestants from other countries,” she said.
Despite the challenges, Mtonga said she was geared to represent Malawi to the fullest.
“It will not be easy but that’s the whole essence of a competition. I will have to work hard to earn victory. We have a boot camp from November 28 to December 3rd and then the grand finale the following day,” she said.
Miss Culture Malawi National Director Madalo Mkuwu also confirmed yesterday that everything was fine for Mtonga to travel and participate in the Miss Culture International.
“Arrival starts on November 28 to 30 while camp activities start in December; so, it is all good for Malumbo travelling on November 30,” Mkuwu said.
Miss Culture International Chief Executive Officer Lorraine Kljajic said they made sure that Miss Culture Malawi travels without fail.
“It’s been hectic for me trying to work on sponsorship for Miss Culture International. As I indicated recently, all country directors were told to raise money for the tickets of their representatives and we were only providing accommodation, transport and food but, having learnt that the responses for support were not positive, I had to come in. I am personally sponsoring her flight,” Lorraine said.
Over 20 contestants from different countries are expected to battle it out.
Apart from Mtonga, some of the participants include Pauline Marere (Zimbabwe), Reatile Molefe (Lesotho), Busisiwe Mthethwa (eSwatini),Abigael Mutunduka (Democratic Republic of Congo) and Idah Muke (Zambia).
The winner, according to Lorraine, is expected to walk home with R100,000, Black Opal all year supply of products as well as being the ambassador. The second and third-placed ones will pocket R50,000 and R20,000 respectively.
Recently, Miss Culture Malawi second Princess Murimu Kachitsa participated in the maiden Miss Premium Africa in Nigeria, where she missed the crown but managed to claim the Miss Photogenic award.