By Donna Collins
THE newly crowned Miss Namibia, Selma Kamanya, made her first official visit to Erongo Region this past weekend, where she embarked on a brief tour of engagements at both coastal towns, charming everyone in her wake.
The 21-year-old soft spoken beauty queen, seemed to take it all in her stride as she posed for ‘selfies’, and gracefully greeted the adoring fans who scrambled for space to meet her.
After booking into the luxurious seafront Strand Hotel last week on Friday, her back-to-back programme included an engagement with the Swakopmund mayor, Paulina Nashilundo, meeting with some of her sponsors, such as Steckels Toyota.
Selma dazzled at her debut appearance at the Multipurpose Centre on Friday night, where she attended the Swakopmund SME Expo Stakeholders Gala Dinner, while she freely mingled with VIP’s who attended the event. Selma is the patron of the Expo which is to be held on 27 to 29 September this year.
On Saturday morning, she was treated to an informative Hafeni Cultural sightseeing tour through Mondesa and the DRC informal settlement, where she was introduced to some tourist highlights, and touched base with the local’s daily life.
“This is my first experience being introduced to the different community areas, and it has been a big eye-opener for me,” Selma told the Confidente.
Hardly wearing any stitch of make-up with a soft pink salmon dress with Miss Namibia sash, Selma was poised and humble as she took in all the new experiences surrounding her newfound status.
“There is so much need, and yet despite having so little these people have such a courageous spirit,” she commented while driving past rows of shacks, and waving to excited children,
“I see my role as Miss Namibia as a blessing and I’ll do everything in my power to embrace and uplift my fellow Namibians during my reign,” she said.
A stop over at the colourful open air fruit street market in Mondesa, the Snoepie Day Care Crèche, and Dantago Arts and Crafts saw her given a gift by the beadwork ladies of a handmade necklace and a bracelet.
She also enjoyed a meal at the Hafeni traditional restaurant where Mopane worms, spicy spinach dish and ‘stywe’ pap was on the menu. With not much time to spare, she headed down to Walvis Bay for an exuberant welcome at the De Duine High School. The school was celebrating its matric farewell function.
Her schedule continued back to Windhoek. She is now preparing for a trip to the North where she will make an appearance at the Ongwadiva Trade Fair.
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