22 Nov, 2021 - 10:11 0 Views
MISS ORIENT ZIMBABWE CROWNED Samukelisumusa Makombe (seated) after being crowned


Latwell Nyangu, H-Metro Reporter

TWENTY-EIGHT year-old Gweru beauty queen Samukelisumusa Makombe was crowned Miss Orient Zimbabwe.

The pageant was founded by former model, Wendy Mapindu, who has pledged to empower the girl child across the country.

The contestants

Mapindu says a rural girl has less exposure and is the most vulnerable as they are not familiar with most dilemmas of a girl child.


The show ran under the theme #catwalktoempowermarginalizedruralgirlchild.

Samukelisumusa Makombe

Harare based Chiedza Mawere 20-year-old was crowned First Princess while Charmaine Murerabvunzi (22) from Lupane became the second and People’s Choice was given to Primrose Nkomo.


A panel of judges included Miss World Zimbabwe Belinda Potts, Tumelo Nare former Miss Journalism Zimbabwe, Journalists Tafadzwa Zimoyo and Latwell Nyangu.

Speaking after the crowing, the biochemist lab technician says, it has been her dream to empower the girl child.


“The crown will help empower the girl child and I will be pushing my project Samukelisu which I started in 2020.


“The project serves to help teenage mothers in the rural and marginalised areas.


“Once a teenage girl is impregnated she faces challenges and child marriages are still rampant,” she said.


Samukelisuma, who is also a biology teacher, says she will utilise the platform to promote young women.


“For now, I am still working with ladies in Gweru, just for them to have someone to listen to them without judging them.


“Some are in need of skills especially on teenage mothers, we are breaking the chain and they can do a lot as girls.


“I will also be getting to students so that they know they are important,” she added.


Pageant director, Mapindu says she is grateful to all the support she got from corporate world.


‘I am delighted for the support we received from the different corporates.


‘The initiative is to help empower girl child.


“The contestants were drawn from different cities including Harare, Gweru, Bulawayo, Victoria Falls and Masvingo.


“Most of the rural girls do not afford a packet of pads and lack the message on their rights and abuse,” she said.


The former Miss NUST Personality in 2017, managed to convince a panel of judges and outwitted other nice contestants.

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