By Penelope Paliani Kamanga
LILONGWE – The newly crowned Miss Malawi 2017, Cecelia Khofi, has vowed to use her reign as the country’s beauty queen to promote girl child education as a solution to various challenges one of which is overpopulation.
The 23-year old Miss Malawi, a holder of a Bachelor of Science degree in Nutrition from one of the country’s best universities, Chancellor College, said, “I believe education is the best weapon in bringing about positive change in our society and that is the strongest mitigation measure for overpopulation.”
She said she wants to use her voice to spur development and betterment of Malawians, especially through girl-child education.
The population of Malawi has been growing at an alarming rate, standing at approximately 16 million a move that prompted the organisers of this year’s beauty pageant to peg the theme on fighting overpopulation.
The figures of child marriages, teenage pregnancies and non-use of contraceptives are just heartening and Khofi’s agenda to push a stop to such issues comes at the right time.
Khofi, who is currently working for the Ministry of Health, brags about having a unique middle name called Njenjengwa, which means clever and intelligent.
“I was named after my late great grandmother. Until to date, my family believes I am the only Njenjengwa in Malawi, which is very interesting,” she says.
The first princess was another Chancellor College graduate, 21-year-old Nthanda Lizzie Manduwi while Yvonne Kamanga, 23, was crowned second princess.
Nthanda holds a degree in Social Sciences (double majoring in economics and demography) from Chancellor College. On the entrepreneurship front, Nthanda is the owner of ChicRedefined Hair Studio, ChicRedefined Online Clothing and Shoe Stores, among others.
Kamanga also won Miss Personality during the event while Gladys Kumbatira won Miss Face.
For winning the contest, Khofi walked away with a Nissan Tiida.
This year’s contest, which was characterised as beauty and the brains was organised by Zodiak Broadcasting Station (ZBS) and Nations Publication Limited (NPL).