Miss Tanzania off to China tomorrow
By Correspondent MOUSTAPHA PUYA, Daily News
Wed, Nov 24, 2004
OCEAN Sandals Miss Tanzania 2004 Faraja Kota leaves tomorrow for China to participate in the Miss World contest slated for December 4 in Sanya city.
The Tanzanian queen was yesterday presented with the national flag by the Executive Director of Tanzania Investment Centre (TIC), Samwel Sitta, at a brief ceremony held at TIC offices in Dar es Salaam.
Sitta also gave Miss Tanzania 5,000 US dollars to support her preparation and participation in the world contest.
“She is a glorious, brilliant, beautiful girl, and as you may recall she performed very well in her Form Six examinations, as well as in the Miss Tanzania beauty contest. TIC hopes she will do the same in the Miss World contest and in the process attract the attention of investors,” said Sitta of the gorgeous Faraja.
The ceremony was also attended by members of the Miss Tanzania organising committee, TIC staff and representatives of Ocean Sandals, who were this year’s main sponsor of the national beauty contest.
Speaking during the same occasion, TIC Director of Investment Promotion Emmanuel ole Naiko said it is high time Tanzania used sports personalities to advertise the country and its investment opportunities.
He borrowed words from a local legislator who once said the problem why Tanzania is not known in some parts of the world is not because it sends wrong messages but wrong messengers.
“It’s now a time to send right messengers, and TIC believes Faraja is the right messenger,” he added.
Ole Naiko urged Faraja to be a good envoy of Tanzania to the international event, and dismissed the prejudice and propaganda that Africa is a single country characterised only by civil strife, hunger and diseases.
Faraja said she is confident of performing well in the Miss World contest and asked Tanzanians to pray for her. Not a single participant has ever won the top 10 positions in the Miss World contest since the country started taking part in the event several years ago.