Rwanda : Miss Rwanda is back this year
The minister of Sports and Culture on July 12th officially announced the search for Miss Rwanda 2012. The beauty pageant is ahead of a national search and expected to result into the crowing of the winner at the Grand finale due to take place in Kigali Rwanda, in September 2012.
The first Miss Rwanda Beauty Pageant was held in 2009 – which saw Grace Bahati crowned.
The official search event starts this Saturday July 14 and will cost over 57million Rwandan francs.
The Miss Rwanda 2012 beauty pageant will be held under the theme: Beauty with a Purpose, Unifying Rwandan Beauty and Culture. It is organized by the Ministry of Sports and Culture in conjuction with Mashirika Performing Arts,
Other corporate sponsors include: Rwanda Development Board (RDB), BCR, Bralirwa, Kigali Serena Hotel, Elegancya, National University of Rwanda(NUR), Simba Supermarket among others.
Minister Protais Mitali said that “the event should be perceived as a way of promoting the name of the country and the beautiful cultural values reflected in the beautiful women of Rwanda”
Mitali also encouraged all Rwandans to promote the event and specifically ask that the potential competitors are given a go ahead by their families, since this is an activity that the government supports and believes will put Rwanda on the global map.
“It must be comprehended by all that the concept of a beauty pageant in today’s society has far reaching ramifications that the usually held meaning of splendor. Such contests will promote our culture through beauty and put Rwanda on the world map” Mitali said while addressing a press conference at Amahoro Stadium.
The Chief Operations Officer at RDB, Claire Akamanzi said that the event will market Rwanda and the event will be fully supported as a way of marketing the tourism and beauty of Rwanda among other countries.
The Miss Rwanda finals will be held take place in Kigali on September 1, however it will be preceeded by a nationwide search for potential crown beauty candidates with regional showcases that will increase awareness and national involvement in the voting for nominees.
“At every province, three finalists are expected to be picked out and taken to the Miss Rwanda academy to be prepared for the ostentatious closing finale where only one contestant will be crowned-Miss Rwanda”, Hope Azeda, the official organizer said
“The winner will get a brand new car and other prizes. The winner will also be engaged in various activities that will entail extensive travel around Rwanda and the world as an ambassador of her country as well as charity work and most importantly she will act as a role model for young Rwandan women” Azeda noted.