The Monitor :: Elias Wins Miss Botswana Crown
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Elias Wins Miss Botswana Crown

A 24-year-old entrepreneur, Moitshepi Elias was crowned Miss Botswana 2018 in an event that was at best disorganised at Masa Square on Friday night.
By Mompati Tlhankane Mon 24 Sep 2018, 18:00 pm (GMT +2)
The Monitor :: Elias Wins Miss Botswana Crown








Neelo Nthobatsang was crowned first princess while Modioki Gaborone won the second princess title. Development Advance Institute (DAI), a company engaged to restructure the pageant failed to deliver on its promises and instead the event was more like a pre-school affair.

The grand finale that only attracted three eligible contestants from last year’s pageant started late with the first parade starting almost two hours late.

While a satisfactory number of people managed to attend the event at the ticket cost of P1,500, people did not get their money’s worth with the stage and lighting not up to standard for an event of that stature. The venue was also not suitable for the Miss Botswana grand finale, as people at the back could not have a clear view of everything on stage because of pillars blocking the view.

Besides Vee Mampeezy’s top-notch performance, there was no proper entertainment between the parades.

Speaking of parades, the contestants were only given one choice of outfit being the evening dress all night.

They were not afforded a chance to change outfits into traditional wear or bikini wear but the three walked the ramp all night in that one dress.

In terms of the judging, an auditor came on stage to verify that indeed the general public voted through SMS line voting and contributed to 25% of the

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overall votes.

The Creative Industry and Past Miss Botswana Queens Representatives at the bootcamp contributed 25% while the panel of judges at the event contributed the same percentage.

Attendants at the event were afforded a chance to complete the remaining 25% votes through an app.

Despite all the rushed efforts to come up with this year’s Botswana representative for the Miss World, the queen, Elias who started the pageantry in 2013 with Miss Teen Universe Botswana indicated before the event that it was her last year doing pageantry as a contestant.

“So joining again is yet another opportunity to push another project through the platform. Miss World means a bigger platform to serve both the community and myself as a Botswana brand.

“Therefore to have the support and love of the world as a whole would greatly contribute to my craft,” she said.

For Nthobatsang, it was her second year in a row making it to the top three after being crowned the second princess behind the then queen Nicole Gaelebale and first princess Uua Murangi in 2017.

Gaborone was clearly disappointment and her boyfriend Nigel Amos, who was there to support her, was also distraught.

Elias will now prepare to represent Botswana at the 68th edition of the Miss World pageant that will take place in Sanya, China on December 8, 2018.

 

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