Botswana’s first beauty pageant for married women dubbed MRS Botswana will be held at Boipuso Hall on Saturday under the theme ‘A jovial woman, a loving wife, a caring mum’. The MRS stands for the Married Remarkable Sophisticated women.
By NNASARETHA KGAMANYANE, Mmegi, 10/13/2017
In an interview with Showbiz, the pageant’s director, Kgalalelo Lesetedi said the pageant aims to inspire married women to look elegant and take care of their families. “MRS Botswana is an established organisation incorporated in Botswana specialising in the business of family management and recreation. We offer marriage and family seminars, family woman and man seminars, working mom or dad seminars, recreation and single parenting workshops,” Lesetedi said.
She said that MRS Botswana beauty pageant was a registered trademark that would be hosted annually. Lesetedi said the 14 finalists would be battling for the crown.
“This year, our winner will be competing against other beautiful, sophisticated and remarkable women at the international pageant for married women known as MRS Globe in China in December this year,” she said.
She added that the pageant was registered in 2015 under Rock Slid Families Botswana, an organisation established by a local young couple, brought about by the realisation that Botswana marriages and families experience some hardships in their family life and relationship journey. She said consequently they never know where and how to seek guidance and inspirations.
“MRS Botswana established that there is a need to help build healthy marriages, help curb divorce rates in this country, interact and liaise with marriage counselors, sensitise the public on issues affecting marriages through media, establish forms of entertainment, inspirations and team building and interact with international organisations to benchmark on how their marriages survive,” she said.
Lesetedi explained that there are common issues in marriages regardless of whether the marriage was civil or customary, religious or non religious. She said those common issues had helped them draw a plan of what to cover when hosting their activities. She said their main aim was to create a good relationship in families to develop transparency and peace as well as to build healthy and sustainable families in Botswana. She added that they host their activities by engaging relevant and reputable stakeholders to reduce divorce rate or conflicts by intensifying on pre-marital and post-marital counseling and team building activities to couples and their families.
Furthermore, Lesetedi said celebrity couple Amantle Brown and Jujuboy of Follo will be performing at the event. DJ Morpheous of BlackNation will also be performing at the event. According to the pageant’s director, the pageant will be a family event where children and husbands will engage in different activities.
“Even though we intend to bring a beauty pageant that aims to bring a positive impact on families, communities and nation at large, we struggle to find sponsorship. We urge the business community to come forward and assist us. This pageant intends to support and helps strengthen families,” she said.
She revealed their sponsors as New Era College, Shanaz Herbal, Belleseabo Beauty, Keno Custom Suits, Citizen Design and Game Changers. General tickets are sold at P300 and P500 for VIP. Children’s tickets are sold at P100. They are available at all Shoprite outlets, USave, House and Home, Checkers and OK Furniture countrywide. The event starts at 630pm till midnight.