The Miss Rwanda Organization, which organizes Rwanda’s well-known beauty pageant, has concluded the Miss Rwanda 2022 contest by crowning the winner, Miss Nshuti Muheto Divine.
The contest finals were held at the Intare Conference Arena in Kigali, Rwanda’s capital, with 19 beauty queens vying for the crown after a month of boot camp.
Several rounds of questions aimed at testing the girls’ beauty, brains, and cultural values were administered in order to select the top eleven, top five, and then top three girls to be Miss Rwanda and two runners-up.
Muheto, who represented Western Province in auditions and also won Miss Popularity, is the first non-Kigali contestant to win the title since Liliane Iradukunda in 2018.
Muheto takes the throne in place of Grace Ingabire.
“I feel happy, blessed, and grateful,” she said after winning the crown. And I’d like to thank everyone who helped me along the way.”
On top of that, Miss Rwanda 2022 received a brand new car – Hyundai Venue offered by Hyundai Rwanda – and will receive monthly facilitation of Rwf800,000 from the Miss Rwanda organization during her reign, among many other perks from the organizers’ partners.
Africa Improved Foods (AIF) Rwanda will also provide financial support for her ‘beauty with a purpose project.
The 19-year-old beauty queen, a high school graduate, won the crown after beating out Maolithia Keza and Darina Kayumba, who finished first and second, respectively.
The girls responded in English, whereas participants may respond in any of three languages: French, English, or their mother tongue Kinyarwanda.
The Miss Rwanda pageant is accompanied by a slew of lucrative prizes from a variety of partners. This year’s winner received, among other things, a brand-new Hyundai car from Hyundai Rwanda.
Meanwhile, among the 19 girls, several other positions were awarded, including the girl with the best health and reproductive initiative, sports challenge, Miss Photogenic, Miss Talent, Miss Popularity, Miss Heritage, and Miss Innovation.
Previously, parents discouraged their children from competing in Miss Rwanda, fearing that it would distract them from their studies, given that the majority of them are university-aged girls.
Others worried that the girls would abandon their Rwandan values, but things have changed and participation has increased. The Miss Rwanda pageant has also grown in importance as a venue for advertisers.
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