Countdown to Miss Africa Botswana pageant has generated more excitement and anticipation.
The event, scheduled for November 7 at Fairgrounds, has received support, recognition and endorsement from Gaborone mayor, Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture as well as Ministry of Environment Wildlife and Tourism.
Confirming his support for the initiative, Mayor Kagiso Thutlwe said had invited councillors from different countries to grace the pageant.
“We have taken the initiative of inviting mayors from different countries, including amongst others King Letsie III of Lesotho and the Premiers of North West and Limpopo from South Africa.
We are here at long last, we are reaching our final, we are going to have the great of the greatest pageant that we have ever had,” he said.
The pageant chief executive officer, Bruce Nkgakile said as they complete the Botswana pageant chapter; the focus shall then be to intensify the efforts towards the 2016 campaign of the actual Miss Africa. He said they were working on a video to be endorsed by heads of State to make it more appealing.
Furthermore, Nkgakile said they were not in a position to announce prizes, adding that, “the focus has to be on the crown and the mandate, Phatsimang Jewellery is to design the diamond crown which the queen will have to pride herself in,” he said.
He said they had developed a campaign on social media called “fill up the Ditshupo Hall.”
Meanwhile, the pageant organiser, Boingotlo Motlalekgosi said the 15 contestants will on Friday undergo a private prejudging, where the judges will get to know and interact with them.
“Crowning will not be based on only one night of the contest, the pre judging accounts for 50 per cent of the total marks,” she said.
The contestants also met the coordinator of Thari Ya Sechaba programme to learn about the Setswana traditions, including aspects of bogwera and bojale.