FRANCISTOWN: Kabo Ntubu from Tatisiding village, 15km south of Francistown, was crowned Miss Valentinesâ€™ Ghetto 2015 during a not so colorful ceremony at the Francistown Club on Friday.
The chirpy 19-year-old model beat nine other contestants, in an event hosted to celebrate love and provide models in Francistown with a platform to showcase their talents.
Mmadinare-born Pearl Ojahile (22) and 21-year-old Gaolebale Lekau from Maun were crowned first and second princesses respectively. For her efforts, Ntubu won herself a clothing voucher worthy P600 from Mr. Price Stores. The first and second princesses won vouchers worth P400 and P300 respectively.
Ntubu told Showtime that she wasoverwhelmed and would use her reign to make a significant difference in the lives of girl children especially those in rural areas. Ntubu, a trainee sales assistant at Woolworths Stores in Francistown, said many girl children in rural areas were denied a platform to showcase their modelling and beauty pageantry talents due to lack of motivation. “I am going to travel to the remotest villages in the northern part of the country and encourage them to take up modelling and beauty pageantry as a career,” Ntubu said, adding that her wish is to see top models coming from the north. Ntubu said she had decided to motivate young girls interested in modelling and beauty pageantry to work hard. “Most girls lack confidence to take up beauty pageantry. This lack of confidence is discouraging a lot of girls from modelling as well as beauty pageantry,” she said, adding that she had her fingers crossed that the next Miss Botswana would be from the northern part of the country.
Although only a handful of people attended the show, the young women did not disappoint. Some of the contestants were first time competitors, but they displayed flair and talent. The pageant started off with the contestants showcasing elegant eveningwear, followed by culture wear and lastly traditional prints.
The organiser of the event, Tracia Elias said her desire is to create equal opportunities for aspiring models in northern Botswana. She said most girls in areas like Francistown were clueless about modelling and beauty pageantry. She also said girls in Francistown lacked support, and she had come on board to bridge the gap.
Elias pleaded with the business community to support beauty pageantry and modelling as they benefited because they used models as faces of their respective companies.