…Beauty queen crowned on her 21st birthday
By Jeoffey Mukubi
THE country has once again being blessed with another beauty who will represent Namibia at the Miss Universe or Miss World pageant. Twenty-one-year-old Selma Kamanya who hails from the Kavango region was crowned Miss Namibia last Saturday at the Windhoek Country Club and resort, which coincidentally was her 21st birthday.
The pageant was hosted by Chops and Miss Namibia 2010 Odile Gertze.
The night also saw Clarise van der Vyver and Kabuba Namukokoba winning the first princess and second princess titles, respectively, while Alexis van der Merwe and Wilri van Taak made it into the top 5.
The crowd’s favorite of the night Anna Shiweda shared her sentiments on social media saying that everything she experienced has been purposeful.
“It has brought me to where I am now. I have a collection of experiences to use as steppingstones to take me where I want to go. The journey to Miss Namibia 2018 has been a beautiful and wonderful experience and I loved every minute of it,” said Anna
First Princess Van der Vyver also expressed herself on social media by thanking everyone for believing in her and allowing her to experience such a wonderful journey.
“The entire experience was inspirational, being part of the Miss Namibia 2018 top 12 has been a blessing. I met so many incredible people and made friends with 11 powerful women and I have grown tremendously as a person, I found my voice and shared my story,” noted Van der Vyver. She added that she is proud of putting herself out there and chasing after a long life dream.
According to Miss Namibia 2017, Sune January’s Facebook page, she will forever be grateful for the opportunity to reign and grateful for the people she has met.
“You are all wonderful, my friends and family is the best. May God now look upon our new Miss Namibia and always protect her like He protected me. This is not goodbye,” January wrote.
Kamanya holds a diploma in economics and is currently a student at the Namibian University of Science and Technology (NUST).
The judges that crowed Kamanya included Nic Kruger, who is the principal judge of the pageant, Tego Shiimi ya Shiiimi, Ndapewa Alfons, Maguire Mulder, Brent Eiseb and Irene Venter.
Pendukeni Iivula-Ithana was this year’s pageant patron and during her interview which was live on NBC, shew congratulated all the contestants for their “courage and confidence of character”.
“In the competitive world of today, drive and beauty without the intellectual backup means almost nothing,” Iivula-Ithana said.
Kamanya however did not have time for the media after the pageant as she was hoarded by a galore of fellow contestants, friends and family. She also did not reply to questions sent to her by Confidente via email, Instagram and WhatsApp before going to print. At the time, Kamanya used her Instagram page to thank January “for the new meaning she has brought to the Miss Namibia title”.
“Your fearlessness, your confidence, your grace, your poise, your strength and elegance are what comes to mind when I think of you. I look up to you in these aspects and you will continually inspire me moving forward. You are the definition of a queen, and during my reign I will continue to draw inspiration from you,” Kamanya wrote.
She also thanked the Namibian nation saying that she will have all Namibians in her heart and will carry Namibia for the next 365 days to the best of her ability.
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