Hero’s welcome awaits Chombo

INDIA, Mumbai 9 March 2024, Miss Botswana Lesego Chombo with the others during the  71st Miss World competition at the Jio World Convention Center, Mumbai, India on 9 March 2024. Krystyna Pyszkova of Czech Republic as she wins the  71st Miss World competition  while Chombo wins the Miss World Africa during the finale. (Pic:Monirul Bhuiyan/PRESS PHOTO)
INDIA, Mumbai 9 March 2024, Miss Botswana Lesego Chombo with the others during the 71st Miss World competition at the Jio World Convention Center, Mumbai, India on 9 March 2024. Krystyna Pyszkova of Czech Republic as she wins the 71st Miss World competition while Chombo wins the Miss World Africa during the finale. (Pic:Monirul Bhuiyan/PRESS PHOTO)

Although the whole nation expected and wished the recently crowned 71st Miss World Africa Lesego Chombo could have won the Miss World crown in its entirety, the beauty queen’s journey has left an indelible mark on the hearts of Batswana, writes Mmegi Correspondent BOIKANYO MATHONSI

Chombo entered the 71st Miss World finale held in India on March 9 with the entire country behind her. She did not disappoint as she became the first Miss World Botswana since Emma Wareus in 2010 to win the Miss World Africa title. Chombo’s journey to the top was filled with determination, glamour, and national pride, as she overcame various challenges and comparisons to emerge victorious.

It all began in October 2022 when Chombo was crowned Miss Botswana, a title bestowed upon her by her predecessor, Palesa Molefe. Although some find it hard to admit, this momentous achievement was met with scepticism from other quarters of the Batswana community. Constant comparisons to Molefe, coupled with doubts about Chombo’s potential, cast a shadow over her journey.

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