University of Malawi—Chancellor College— student Epylen Chimasula is in Nigeria, where she is representing Malawi at Miss University Africa.
Chimasula, who in September asked for votes from people so that she could excel in the competition, said yesterday that people were still voting.
“People are still voting [for contestants] but I am happy to represent Malawi in the competition. It’s amazing. Every day, we are learning something new,” she said.
The participants recently presented gifts to the governor of River State in Nigeria and Chimasula indicated she presented a painting that symbolises unity.
“I gave the governor the painting to thank him for the unity he has brought amongst people,” she said.
According to her, there are 50 contestants.
Chimasula will be in Nigeria, where is participating in the competition, until December 5.
“We are having the finals on December 3 and that is when they will choose the queen. I am looking forward to the finals and I hope to do well and make history for Malawi,” she said.
Chimasula said she was grateful and that it was an honour for her to be part of the competition.
“I have learned a lot in the activities we are doing and, apart from that, I have networked with other contestants and made friendships. I am proud to be exposed to the world,” she said.
Chimasula left the country on November 16.
“I just want to thank Malawians for the support,” she said.
Chimasula said the core value of Miss University Africa is to celebrate African culture and African women.
“It is a very good platform because it aims at promoting girl-child education but also promoting culture among African youths,” she said.
The 21-year-old student, who is pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Humanities, said it was the first time for her to participate in the contest.
“This is my first time. I actually got into it through a family friend and then downloaded the forms and sent them with pictures while wearing different attire,” Chimasula said.
She said, among the requirements, one has to be between the ages of 18 and 26 years, have no marriage experience and children and be an active university student.
“I actually met the criteria. There were a lot of university students who sent forms but never qualified,” Chimasula said.
Miss University Africa is an annual event that brings together 54 countries to one event.
The event started in 2010.