The Minister for Sports and Culture Hon. Protais Mitali has expressed disappointment at the inability of Miss Rwanda contestants to freely express themselves in public. The minister watched in disbelief as a number of contestants in this year’s edition of the country’s biggest beauty pageant could not answer the simplest of questions during the Southern Province auditions held in Huye district.
Beauty versus brains
The girls, though well dressed for the occasion with unequalled beauty, struggled to handle simple questions from the judges’ bench and the vast majority could only mumble a few words to the amusement of the audience.
And speaking afterwards, Hon. Mitali called upon young girls in general to work extra hard to up their public speaking skills. He said, “What we saw was a clear indication that young girls need to learn how to express themselves in front of a big audience like this. It’s a challenge they have to take upon themselves because there are some who could not even recall what they had previously said.”
One clear sign of weakness which was evident was the girls’ lack of proficiency in foreign languages, that is English and French, in which questioned were posed. So far all the four provinces have selected their three respective candidates with Kigali city warming up for the last auditions on 9th February ahead of the grand finale on Saturday 22nd February.