23 April 2018
It was like high school all over again!
Miss Zimbabwe Open University organisers really need to step up their game, especially if they are hoping to sustain their event over years.
From the absence of a simple guest list for those they had invited to grace them to the ill-prepared acts that were supposed to keep the crowd entertained, it seemed like there was no saving this show.
Who would have expected a Runonzi rudo lip sync at a tertiary education hosted show?
They could have done away with the microphone altogether.
Sound was extremely bad and it spoiled poetry and musical performances from ZOU Campus Culture members.
The initiative was undoubtedly a humble one, just poorly executed.
“I feel we did better than last year and we have improved.
“We have engaged other universities so it is not just about ZOU, we want to make it a movement that stands for university students and addresses their issues,” one of the organisers Melusi Nhengu said.
Luckily the bevy of contestants was carefully chosen and well groomed, that was the whole idea of the pageant after all.
Bachelor of Arts in media studies student and reigning Miss Valentine, Eustas Gomba, wowed the judges and bagged the Miss ZOU title.
“I had no idea that I was going to win but I tried my best to stay positive and expect a positive outcome.
“I did have more experience than the rest of the girls since I have taken part in other pageants but this was a different batch of girls so I couldn’t have guessed that I would win.
“Confidence made me stand out, I had confidence in what I was doing on stage.
“I am feeling very happy and I want to thank God for this moment,” Gomba told H-Metro.
Ashley Mlambo, Makaita Saita and Rufaro Mugomba were named first, second princess and Miss Personality respectively.
Gloria Muchenu, a 25-year-old plus size model was crowned Miss ZOU plus size, a newly introduced category for the campus’s regional competition.
The curvy plus size queen said she never viewed modelling as a bad thing but something she always wanted to be involved in.
“I have advocated for modelling in my school so that plus size models can be recognized so I took up this challenge so that curvy models can see that the sky is the limit.
“Weight doesn’t matter, confidence does,” she said.
The winners were given vouchers from BLK/OPL who were one of the sponsors.
The Queens received $200 fee vouchers each and the two princess got $150 and $100 respectively.
Hlanya NgeFeshini showcased a collection that was modelled by reigning beauty queens from tertiary campuses such as Women’s University of Africa, University of Zimbabwe and Harare Polytechnic.