I was privileged to attend Miss University of Botswana 2019 pageant recently. What a night! Everything was spot on. From a distance one would have thought it was organised and sponsored by a highly professional company. But this was purely the exquisite work of the university’s Student Representative Council (SRC). The well-behaved crowd of mostly students, the music and the contestants themselves were just out of this world. I was privileged to have been seated next to the MP for Gaborone Central Dr Phenyo Butale, who whispered to me that he will actively participate in making it an even bigger and better event next year.
Also present was Vice Chancellor Professor David Norris who was awarded a token of appreciation by the SRC for being a leader who is always in touch with them and for forging a harmonious working relationship with them.
My moment of the night was the whole organisation of the event. It made me believe that these students could actually host an honourable and respectable Miss Botswana. UB SRC, as they have proven, can produce a well-attended, well-organised and well-recognised Miss Botswana.
Botswana Television should cover such events to showcase the organisational abilities and presentation skills of locals. I have attended Miss Botswana pageant more than two times; but in those times it fell short of what experienced at UB. I would suggest to the organisers of Miss Botswana – the Botswana Council of Women (BCW) – to give the UB SRC an opportunity to run and host this pageant on their behalf.
I would urge them not bring in ‘politics’ when dealing with students. It is not a secret that petty politics failed Miss Botswana 2018. Our young people are talented. They only need to be given an opportunity, a nurturing environment to express themselves.