The beauty contest has in the past been target of unfriendly analyses from local commentators mainly on inconsistence holding it annually like it is supposed to be. But following the organization of the 2014 season of the pageant, analysts have equally come strong to express gratitude as the contest is said to have been thoroughly prepared with competitors tested on all aspects of life.
Following the organization of the 2014 season of the pageant, analysts have equally come strong to express gratitude as the contest is said to have been thoroughly prepared with competitors tested on all aspects of life. This is seen as the best way to come up with the right quality of a cultural ambassador that Rwanda deserves.
The Miss Rwanda is considered by many as the flagship event of the Ministry of culture and therefore the prime show that represents Rwanda’s culture to the world. Contestants undoubtedly made a long voyage until the very few who proved worthy of national spectacle were selected. The ensuing 15 contenders to the crown were then taken into a month long training on Rwanda’s culture and were prepared for the national show. The preparations as explained by the girls as having not been easy.
“We used to wake up earlier than I have and would then take it on to sports. Eating in the camp (training area) was neither an easy task. It involved following set guidelines of when to eat what and the quantities to eat,” Carmen Akineza the second runner up in the pageantry said.
She added that even though she had not won the pageant, what she learnt in the process was very beneficial. Eventually the evening of February 22nd to prove the crown‘s owner came with Eastern Province’s nominee Akiwacu Colombe coroneted Miss Rwanda 2014.
At the crowning, it was the right time to recollect the journey which the final fifteen contestants had traveled from provincial competitions all the way to Rwanda’s biggest cultural event that tests beauty and brains as is often referred to by enthusiasts.
Each of Rwanda’s four provinces and the city of Kigali recruited girls to join the competition. These were involved in a vigorous selection session and only three emerged to represent every segment of the Rwandan society in the national beauty contest. The resulting 15 contestants were then sent to the camp where trainings on what being a Miss, in other words representing Rwanda to the rest of the world as the country’s cultural ambassador, meant. Recounting the events in the training camp, Akiwacu said that beyond anything else, the period tested patience, love for set goals and the ability to challenge oneself with the desire to achieve something. “Without patience, very many of us would have deserted the camp for it represented a complete change of lifestyle. We were required to change habits, some of which we had carried along with us for decades. But we eventually made it through to the final stage and I can comfortably say that each one of my colleagues would as well have been selected Miss Rwanda 2014; they are all good and ready to serve the country.”
The rest about the contest is now history and the winner has so far begun to settle into the many tasks and responsibilities that come along with the crown.