When a friend of mine, Christo told me about this pageant, I thought it was one of his jokes as he really is our very own Leon Schuster! Then I took to Google in the hope that I do not come across any such embarrassment, but to my horror, it’s not a joke at all!
How on earth do we have a pageant on national level but no cash prize at all? The organizers of this pageant should definitely have done better! As a national event, more should have been done to raise funds or seek sponsorship for prizes. If there was not enough funds, then a postponement would have been much better.
The event which was held on Saturday the 25th of March in Harare at LongChen Plaza Mall was organised by Madeline Yohane. She said, “I am happy that with the limited resources this is where we have reached. I am sure you were all shocked by the talents displayed here during the ‘Talent segment’, who thought deaf girls can do that. They can dance and it is proven that the moment you lose your other sense, the other four coordinate.”
Organizers had no cash prizes before the pageant and they tried to raise some cash from well-wishers in the crowd and only got $26. I wonder if the pageant was free entrance, for the audience to be the ones raising prize money for the beauty queens is nothing short of ridiculousness!
Twenty-three-year-old tailor Chiedza Hukuimwe and her princesses each walked away with $8,50 and hampers from Oceane Perfumes.
“The Miss Deaf Zimbabwe pageant is an important platform which seeks to show that deaf girls and other physically-challenged people can fully participate in various events and activities if they are given a chance,” Yohane said. This is very true, but it must not only be said. It must be shown as well, by the type of prizes on offer to contestants of physically challenged and deaf pageants. Primary school children have won better prizes on their beauty pageants. The corporate world and government need to rectify this and help us save face. After an absence of four years due to financial constraints, is this the comeback befitting a national pageant?