The Miss Tourism Bungoma county was an event that was highly anticipated by many, thanks to the huge social media buzz that had been created by various contestants during the primaries. Eventually, the finals went down at the Red Cross center in Kanduyi on the night of Saturday the 15th and the models lived up to the hype!
Twenty models had been selected from the different sub-counties to compete in the finals but only 17 made it on d-day. An additional one model, Phemmy Kinara who won the hearts of many with her pure natural display of charisma and brains, was also at the event and was given an opportunity to strut the runway and address the crowds, though she was not competing.
Phemmy was given a chance to be part of the academy and participate in their activities in the run up to the finals to offer more inspiration and build on her passion for modeling.
During the event, 7 models were eliminated in the first round, leaving only 10 who went ahead to battle it out for the prestigious crown. Sooner or later, one Joyce Nasambu of Chuka University and from Webuye West constituency, was crowned the winner in what was seen a very tight race. Joyce began her modeling career in 2015 where she won “Miss Fresher”- Chuka University in the same year.
She has also competed and won the overall Miss Chuka University beauty pageant, and was also the winner of Miss Environment Bungoma County in 2017. Joyce has taken over from Velma Chepchumba who hails from Mt Elgon Subcounty, and has been the crown holder since the event was last held in 2014.
“As a model, i have been involved in various charity activities including jigger campaign in sitikho ward in Bungoma county, and visiting the disabled including the Nalondo School for the disabled; where I donated various goods to children,” she said. Other big winners for the night included Bellita China from Tongaren constituency who was crowned second runners up.
Bungoma county first lady H.E Caroline Wangamati continued to express her passion for youth and women; pledging total support and co-operation from her office, to the new winner of Miss Tourism. She also challenged the ministry at county level to uniquely include the male models in the competition next year, as a way of showing support for the boychild and promoting their talent.
Bungoma County Women Rep. Hon Catherine Wambilianga and the Governor, Hon. Wycliffe Wangamati, also reiterated their support for the new Miss Tourism Bungoma even as she now prepares for the national competition to be held in a few weeks.
The governor called on the county tourism ministry to look into reimbursing all the models, with the amount of money they spent during their preparation for the event. Hon. Wambilianga also encouraged all the other girls who did not manage to win the crown, that they are all winners in their own right, and that they should feel motivated to keep on competing because one day, a crown will rest on their heads too.
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