The first Miss Culture and Peace beauty queen to ever come out of Botswana Patience Serumola says she is ready to raise the flag high as a Botswana representative at the international competition in Mexico. Serumola is a 20 year old who is studying for a BSC in Emergency Medical Care at Boitekanelo College. The pageant saw contestants having to introduce themselves in their own traditional languages and show their traditions. The ladies that later saw themselves going through to the top 6 and then making it to the top three were the queen Patience Serumola, Neelo Nthobatsang and Umpenyu Dema. It was very evident that the ultimate queen would come from either Serumola or Nthobatsang in the way they handled themselves and even how they answered the questions. Nthobatsang showed undeniable eloquence in her speech.
Serumola grew up in Selibe Phikwe and Bobonong where she did primary and secondary education studies and only came to Gaborone for tertiary. She said that her love for beauty pageants goes as far back as when she was in pre-school, but the Miss Culture and Peace is the only pageant at a national level that she took part in and eventually nabbed the crown. She said that there are no males in her family, except his father, and as such she drew more inspiration from women. She said when coming to take part in the competition she was very determined and focused, and told herself that she will definitely get the crown. “This is what I was determined to do. The only thing is to trust yourself in anything that you do. This is what I wanted so I didn’t want fail,” she said. Serumola said the competition was very tough with the other 11 girls that made it to the finals, but she put her trust in herself and in God.
She said at the moment as the queen she will be focusing in her project which is The Girl Child. The project is aimed at addressing issues affecting girl children in Africa and their education strength. She will be undertaking her project with the help of Doctors’ Aid Medical Services, which is the main sponsor of the pageant and even the queen. Serumola said she believes that by October when she goes to Mexico she will definitely fare well with the rest of the girls around the world. The organiser of the event Thokgamo Mogapi said that she is proud of what they have achieved and what they have done in putting the pageant together. She said with her experience in beauty pageants she believes that they have groomed her well and will continue to improve her to ensure she competes well in Mexico.