Ambassador for beauty and tourism
Eunice, who was crowned Miss Tourism-Zambia last year, said in an interview she would strive to fight for youth empowerment, as well as giving value and meaning to beauty queens who are ambassadors of the youth.
“My visit here was a combined effort by myself and the Namibian Tourism Board in trying to promote tourism relations between our two countries and youth empowerment through cultural exchange. The visit also aimed at giving meaning to the duties of beauty queens as youth ambassadors,” said Phiri.
She said exchange programmes between beauty pageants from Zambia and Namibia should be encouraged.
“I would like to thank everyone who made it possible for me to be here . . . and for the wonderful experience I have had in this beautiful country. I would like to encourage more of these kinds of relations between the two countries,” she said.
“We as Zambians should also be able to arrange a tourism trip to Zambia for Miss Namibia or other youth ambassadors of Namibia to come and learn and experience our country,” said Phiri.
She said like Namibia, Zambia, popularly known as “The Real Africa”, is endowed with wonderful natural assets that include 19 national parks. These host one of the largest concentration of game in Africa, 23 game management areas, 23 million hectares of land devoted to conservation, a rich and colourful cultural heritage.
“. . . and it would be a sin to forget to mention the magnificent and spectacular Victoria Falls in our tourist capital Livingstone,” said Phiri.
In Namibia she boasted of having had an opportunity to see a pride of lions for the first time in her life.
“I visited Etosha were, believe it or not, I was able to see nine lions . . . just like that,” she said with what could be described as a well-rehearsed smile expected of a beauty model.
She said during her tour she received a wonderful welcome from a number of hospitality institutions in the country.