When Daniel Doe decided to host the first ever Miss Duala Beauty Pageant under the theme “Maintaining an Ebola Free Society,” it was a huge task because most of the contestants were from a very poor part of the borough and with little funds available, he couldn’t see how this was possible. But thanks to contestants from the community, he has begun to look towards hosting the pageant with pride.
For while the pageant is still far ahead, contestants have begun a door-to-door campaign that could educate community members on the dangers associated with harmful substances. Some of the contestants say that while their past lives might have discouraged people from noticing adjustments in their behavior, the remarkable changes they have made so far will speak for themselves.
“We should first be the change we want, then others will follow,” one of the contestants, Rachel Wleh, said.
A beauty pageant helps to develop our skills and capabilities, she added.
The winner is expected to walk away with a cash prize, a half semester scholarship, the latest Liberian fashion and even a crown.
“But essential to the prizes is the task of continuing the ongoing awareness program in order to bring forth positive changes,” Daniel said.
“Our aim for this beauty pageant is to limit the number of females taking harmful substances, and we believe that this can be done only through the contestants,” he stated.
“We don’t just look for beauty and intelligence but individuals that are willing to help make a change in their neighborhood. We believe that young people understand each other better; if they can see their friends talking to them about positive things, they, too, can make a change,” he added.
Elijah Geeply, one of the organizers, said contestants will compete in two categories—evening gowns and interviews before a panel of judges.
“We are calling on potential sponsors to come so we all can contribute to the development of our country,” he explained.
Slated for July 26, the Miss Duala Beauty Pageant is expected to take place at the Plaza Cinema in new Kru Town. Entrance fee is US$5.
He disclosed that beauty pageants serve the purpose of discovering new leaders, promoting youth as agents of positive accomplishments and many things.
For sponsorship please call Daniel Doe on 0776-935-355, or the above listed e-mail address.