by NORMA TSOPO
FORMER Miss Zimbabwe and Miss Tourism Manicaland licence-holder Caroline Marufu-Buwu is confident of a consecutive claim to a national crown after Africa University (AU) beauty queen Nicole Musiyarira won the provincial pageant.
Last year’s Miss Tourism Manicaland winner Tafadzwa Jaricha – a lawyer by profession, is the reigning Miss Tourism Zimbabwe.
Marufu-Buwu was glowing with confidence at the prospect of a repeat of the fit after Musiyarira, a social work student and reigning Miss AU was declared the finest of 13 beauties that made it to the finals which were held at Montclair Hotel and Casino.
“Judges came up with the best participants and we are confident that we will take the crown at national level,” said Marufu-Buwu.
Musiyiwa who walked away Z$1000 richer said her modelling success is taking her by surprise.
She ventured into the profession a year ago after encouragement from a college friend.
“I only started modelling a year ago and I never dreamt of being a model. A friend encouraged and I took it as a hobby. I was crowned Miss Africa University this year, and I realised a potential that I had never considered all these years,” Musiyarira said.
Having now won two crowns in the same year, the beauty queen is confident that she can repeat her success at national level.
“Being crowned Miss Tourism Manicaland has given me more hope. I am now confidently looking ahead to participating at the national final,” Musiyarira said vowing to leave a mark in the province.
“I want to leave a mark during my reign as queen of the province,” she said.
Rutendo Mafuratidza and Gamuchirai Mutero were crowned first and second princess winning Z$700 and Z$500 respectively.
Marufu-Buwu praised the organisers for producing a flawless event that she described as one of the best in the province.
“This has been one of the best pageants in the province. The ambiance and the flow of programme was fantastic,” she said.
Montclair Hotel and Casino general manager Brian Nyakutombwa was elated at being able to host the event.
“We are happy to be associated with such a prestigious pageant. Everything went well and we demonstrated that we can handle a beauty pageant of any magnitude. People enjoyed the event, and they are looking forward to similar activities at the hotel,” said Nyakutombwa.
The event was sponsored by Spinalong, Montclair Hotel and Casino, OK Mart, NetOne and Diamond FM.