After over three months of intense training, grooming and judging, 21-year-old Emma Wareus, daughter of a former beauty queen, beat thirteen finalists to be crowned fairest lady in the land, at a glamorous event held in a fully-packed Gaborone International Convention Centre last Saturday.
In the process, Emma won herself a single bed-roomed flat, valued at P400 000, in addition to a year’s groceries from Choppies, free Gym Active membership, as well as hair and beauty products from Revlon. With local funny man, Michael “Dignash” Morapedi, and Kaone Kario as Masters of ceremony, the show started well on time and never had any dull moment as the girls paraded in their various breathtaking, locally-manufactured attires.
Music was provided by Stagga, Zeus, Eugene Jackson as well as Vee, who played tracks from his upcoming album, Zaka, to open the stage for the top five finalists.
South African stand up comedian, David Kau, had everyone in stitches as he took swipes at many, including his own president, Jacob Zuma, whom he reckons should be invited to Botswana to increase our population.
Kau also made fun of our roads, especially the expansion of the Molepolole Road, which are still under construction since he last visited over a year ago. He also imitated how a politician would have taken advantage of such an event to campaign for their parties, little knowing he was standing just a few feet away from a former minister and MP for Kweneng South West, Mr Moeng Pheto, who was seated in the front row of the VIP section.
All went well save for a few “clashes” with technology. There were a few occasions when the audio went off as well as an unusual delay by the judges to announce the top three winners but some quick thinking from Kaone lightened the moment when she invited guests to the stage to take part in a fashion show to the delight of many who were just too eager to show off their fashion tastes.
When the judges finally made their choices, Bonny Serole was announced second princess, winning herself six months membership at Gym Active and Revlon beauty hampers, while First princess, Naledi Moshoeshoe, walked away P10 000 richer, in addition to getting a year’s membership at Gym Active, as well as free accommodation for a year.