Lerato Matheka MASERU — The 2012 Miss University Africa (MUA) beauty pageant which was set for this weekend in the Republic of Gambia has been postponed to May.
This is the second time the contest has been postponed. The pageant was initially pencilled for January 25.
Tlali Tlali, who coordinates local participants, told XpressPeople that the contest would be held in May on a date still to be announced.
Tlali said the president of the Miss University Africa pageant, Taylor Nazzal, told participating countries that the event had been postponed at the instruction of Gambia’s Ministry of Tourism and Culture.
“This is to give the organisers more time to plan for a much bigger event to surpass other Miss University Africa events held in the past,” he said.
The Gambia organisers also noted that their government wanted the 2012 Miss University Africa to be combined with the annual Kanila Festival which is held in May.
Nazzal said the festival attracts many tourists from all over the world and their hope was that combining the two events would help prop up the beauty pageant.
Although the postponement was a major setback to the planning and the publicity the beauty contest had received, Nazzal said they “believe a well planned event is better than a hurried one”.
Rorisang Molefe, Lesotho’s representative at the Miss University Africa contest, said she is delighted that she has two more months to prepare for the pageant.
The 1.78-metre tall beauty becomes the eighth and youngest participant to represent Lesotho at an international contest.
Molefe, 18, told XpressPeople that the postponement would give her more time to prepare and seek additional sponsorship.