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Seventeen contestants have been selected as top finalists for the Mr Botswana pageantry Grand Finale, slated for later this year. The King will then have an opportunity to compete at Mr International which are scheduled for Panama next year.
With smiles and charming wits that could disarm the coldest of hearts, the 17 young male pageant contestants aged between 18 and 35 from across the country were nominated during the auditions held last year. Prior to the Grand Finale, Mr Botswana fashion show is also planned.
The pageantry initiative is a brain child of a Mahalapye lad, Lechedzani Mokoloba who was crowned Mother of the Nation” in the 2021 Mrs Botswana Pageantry.
Mr Botswana aims at moulding responsible young men of integrity while also addressing social ills that range from gender based violence, passion killings, alcohol and drug abuse. It also provides an opportunity for the corporates to practice social responsibility through the empowerment of a boy child.
Speaking at the pageantry launch in Maun over the weekend, Mokoloba said there are many social ills affecting men and young boys, adding that the pageantry seeks to support the latter to become better people in society in future. The event, she said will also showcase the male form in its crowning glory where individuals vie for the title utilising their natural charisma and good looks.
All the contestants will benefit from scholarships at Gaborone University College of Law and Professional Studies (GUC). Furthermore, she revealed that there are some fashion designers who have come on board to assist with wardrobes for the finalists including Dudes and Divas Couture and Sandy’s and Fashion designs.
Also in attendance during the launch was North West District Council Chairman Itumeleng Kelebetseng who said male pageantry’s popularity pales in comparison to that of its female counterparts. He indicated that men and young boys seem to be sidelined or even forgotten, appreciating that the Mr Botswana pageantry will encourage the boy children to do better and become better people in the community.
He encouraged stakeholders to support and sponsor the event as a way of uplifting such important initiatives.
Kelebetseng further encouraged the top seventeen finalists to take the initiative seriously and focus on the positives it presents.
“The Mr Botswana Pageantry is an initiative that needs more support therefore, you as the contestants should also find ways to help look for sponsorship from companies and organisations,” he urged.