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Melissa crowned Miss Bulawayo

Melissa  crowned Miss Bulawayo

AFTER three previous unsuccessful participations at the Miss Bulawayo contest, 22-year-old Melissa Chaka was finally crowned Miss Bulawayo at a colourful ceremony held at the Bulawayo Rainbow Hotel on Saturday evening.


Chaka shrugged off competition from 21 other models who were vying for the same title.


She was outstanding on the ramp because of her catwalk and alluring personality.


She was also the crowd’s favourite because of her beauty with brains, something which many models lack.


A visibly shocked Chaka told NewsDay she was happy to have been crowned Miss Bulawayo.


“This is my third time contesting for Miss Bulawayo after contesting in 2010 and 2011. I have never won any pageant and I’m so glad to have clinched this one, certainly it’s a dream come true for me,” she said.


She added that she would start preparing for the Miss Zimbabwe finals, a crown she is now eyeing.


Chaka is not a new name in pageantry as she has contested at so many pageants including Carnival Queen Zimbabwe, Miss Southern Africa Zimbabwe, and Miss Global International, but has always failed to make it to the top.


Bongani Dhlakama, reigning Miss Zimbabwe, handed over her Miss Bulawayo crown to Chaka.


Michelle Thembo (22) was crowned first princess, while Bokani Nleya (23) was second princess.


Clementina Ali was crowned Miss Personality, a title which is voted for by the participating models.


The pageant organised by modelling guru, Sarah Mpofu and Fingers Academy was well arranged showing Mpofu’s maturity in the modelling industry.


The event, which was held under the theme Vinter Wintage, saw girls uniquely parading in vintage wear with two motorbikes raving for them as they strutted their stuff on the ramp. The queen was also crowned in vintage style.


Quality entertainment was provided by MC Babongile Sikhonjwa, who also performed a comedy act.


Hip-hop group Alchemy, DJ Kananjo, Divas and Harsh Touch dance groups also performed at the event.


Speaking at the event, Mpofu said the success of the Miss Bulawayo pageant was because of the support she received from the public each year.


She added that she was impressed by the models performance.


“The girls performed exceptionally well on the ramp. I’m sure like always, there will be strong competition at the Miss Zimbabwe finale and we hope to retain the Miss Zimbabwe title this year,” she said.


Judges mainly comprised former beauty queens, including Sibusisiwe Dube, Lorraine Maphala, Nokuthaba Manungo and Happiness Tshuma.


Chaka and Tembo have automatically been entered into this year’s Miss Zimbabwe beauty pageant which will be held on July 27 in Harare.


Depending on the organisers’ criteria, Nleya could also contest at the national finale if the organisers decide to take three contestants from Bulawayo like they have done over the past years.


In the past decade, Bulawayo has produced five national queens namely Oslie Muringai-Matsikenyeri (Miss Zimbabwe 2004), Maphala (Miss Zimbabwe 2006), Caroline Marufu (2007), Samantha Tshuma (Miss Zimbabwe 2011) and the reigning queen Dhlakama.Newsday



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Pokello’s video naked bath on TV

Pokello’s video naked bath on TV

POKELLO Nare, who has been marred by controversy ever since she stepped into the Big Brother Africa: The Chase house, is under spotlight again after pictures of her bathing nude in the house are awash on the Internet. Now the video has gone viral.

Though all housemates bath during shower hour, it is Pokello and fellow housemate, Cleo (Zambia) who have their nude pictures well published on the Internet. Shower hour is a period during the show when all the housemates are told by Big Brother to bath.


For the first editions of BBA, Shower Hour was never hidden from the public and viewers of the show could patiently wait to see their favourite housemates bathing late at night. This caused controversy with some viewers saying Shower Hour should be cancelled as it was immoral.


Big Brother then came up with a solution to remove Shower Hour from the main BBA channels on the DStv, and put it on the BBA website at a certain fee. Now BBA viewers across the globe can sign up to a special service named BBA VIP on the official BBA website (www.bigbrotherafrica.dstv.com) which allows them to watch their favourite housemates bathing naked.


The sordid "private pass", which costs a one-off fee of $8 also gives subscribers access to footage of the housemates under the covers after dark, evicted housemates interviews and backstage interviews of artists who perform at the BBA show.


To be part of the BBA VIP, one has to log onto the BBA website and register. After registering, one will then pay the fee online and automatically start enjoying the “behind the scenes” of BBA.


Last week week, the BBA VIP featured uncut scenes of Pokello and Cleo (Zambia) in various states of nudeness in the bathroom.


Pokello initially shot to fame in 2011 when a sex tape she featured in leaked and went viral on the internet.



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