Botswana trio hopes to shine at Little Princess and Prince beauty shows

GABORONE, BOTSWANA — Botswana will be well represented at the upcoming Little Princess and Prince Africa pageant slated for Kenya including the international beauty contest scheduled for Thailand next month.

This was revealed by Managing Director of QueenKay Modelling and Pageantry, Kefentse Gokganwang – who also doubles as National Director for Little Princess and Prince International.

Loapi Lekwape is also a student at Hillcrest Interrnational School

According to Gokganwang, they will send Yangu Masalila (12) to Little Princess and Prince International in Thailand while Loapi Lekwape aged 9 together with Lipnacks Angelar Sikwane (14) will represent Botswana at Little Princess and Prince Africa in Kenya. Masalila is expected to depart for Thailand on November 11, while others will leave for Kenya on November, 28.

She noted that the trio was selected thanks to a rigorous selection process from a pool they had a few months ago despite having not hosted a grand finale for the local pageant. Quizzed why that was the case, Gokgonwang cited lack of sponsorship as some of the vexing burdens to the success of the pageant. However, she was confident on her trio adding that she trusts the chosen trinity will represent the country accordingly with grace.

“The pageant was advertised. Those who responded were trained and the ones who performed better at training were selected even without a grand finale. We have been very unlucky on securing enough funds and sponsorship. We are appealing to those who are willing to help anyhow to still come forth as this is a national project, and if we do well, the shine is on our country Botswana,” pleaded Gokgonwang this week.

Yangu Masalila is a student at Rainbow International School

The Little Princess and Prince International is a world-class children and teen pageant founded in 2000. The pageant will be held at Chiang Mai in Thailand on the 12th – 18th November 2019. This is the first time Botswana competes in the pageant. It targets girls and boys from 4 years – 19 years with different age categories.

Meanwhile Little Princess and Prince International is a foundation established in 2017 with the aim of supporting national talent and addressing problems relating to cultural diversification and international relations in Africa. The pageant is open to boys and girls between 4 years to 17years. Since 2017, Kenya has been the host country and Botswana will be the host country for the 2020 international competitions.

“The aim of this international pageant is to bring the African continent together, to exchange ideas and also to develop ramp models and humanitarian brand ambassadors from various countries, sharing in on the varied cultures and to encourage children to do Humanitarian Projects from a young age, respectively in their countries,” she concluded.

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