Qangwa Queen Miss RADP

| November 26, 2014 | 0 Comments

A 22-year-old beauty from Qangwa, Kewame Mochaka, was on November 22, crowned Miss Remote Area Development Programme (RADP) pageant queen.

For Mochaka, it was as if her fate was signed and sealed and that God smiled on her and declared her his own just like her name, as she snatched the crown beating other 14 contestants. The first princess was Akanyang Kaingotla, 20, from New Xade while Keotshepile Kudume, 22, from Kokotsha emerged the second princess.

Miss RADP is a beauty contest with a difference. The pageant running for the second year in a row had participants from remote areas around the country including Kokotsha, Mababe, New Xanagas, New Xade and Qangwa to name a few.

The areas where the 14 finalists came from are far and face a number of challenges such as far away hospitals, bad roads and other social problems ranging from poverty, unemployment to teenage pregnancy.

None of the contestants expressed opinion on world peace but the emphasis was placed on helping other youths who are socially and economically marginalised.

The major assets on display were traditional wear like leteisi and utensils like mortars, pestles and Setswana baskets. The contestants showed off their skills in doing Setswana domestic skills and replied the judge’s questions in Setswana if they so wished. The only typical things were the ball gowns and the modern music by La Timmy.

Beauty pageants have a long history of doing the opposite of empowering women, sometimes to the extent of being misogynistic in their cruel and narrow idea of beauty, but with this pageant it is different.

The Assistant Minister of Local Government and Rural Development, Botlogile Tshireletso said the affirmative action beauty pageant intends to groom and empower girls by boosting what young people in remote areas do not have, give them exposure, build their confidence and help them come to self-realisation.

In a two week boot camp, the youth are taught self-mastery, team building family planning, child- parent communication, agricultural opportunities, HIV and AIDS and Youth Development Fund opportunities.

This is meant to aid them at executing their mandate of teaching and empowering other youth in their respective districts. For the petite young lass, Kewame she thought her chances of winning were next to nil but she seemed to have impressed the judges.

She said with the P50 000 she won for a community project, she wants to form a group that would help out of school youth by encouraging them to go back to school. She said she has realised that education is not valued in Qangwa, a situation which perpetuates the cycle of poverty in the village.

Kewame also walked away with P10 000 whilst her First princess won P7 000 and P30 000 for a project of her choice and the Second princess got P5 000 and P20 000 for her community project.

Source : BOPA

Source : Botswana Daily News

Category: Human Rights

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