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The saying that dynamite comes in small packages, aptly describes Dellish Makatendeka Masango (5) who is set to raise the country’s flag high as she readies to compete in Miss Toto Africa in Nigeria on 23 March this year.
The vivacious Dellish has set her sights on conquering Africa when she participates in the Miss Toto Africa category in the most populous country on the continent.
Miss Little Africa Zimbabwe director, Shalom Ramunyenyiwa confirmed that they have eight participants for all the categories as compared to last year when they only participated in two categories only.
“Last year’s pageant was held at Premier Inn Hotel in Johannesburg in April and the two girls who represented the country acquitted themselves well and this inspired us to want to continue to participate,” said Shalom.
The Masvingo Provincial Education Director, Shyllate Mhike said they are proud of the Dellish’s achievements as a province and they encourage learners to identify their carrier path at an early age.
“Wea are naturally excited as a province and we encourage children to have such exposure as that goes a long in shaping their carrier path as they identify what they are good at,” said P.E.D.
In an interview with The Midweek Watch, Dellish who looked ready to take on the world said she is looking forward to bring the crown home.
“I am looking forward to the pageant and am confident of bringing the crown home and I am excited to be participating in Nigeria,” said
Her mother Rumbidzai Chisangowerotah said it’s a dream come true for the kid and family as she has done them proud.
“It will be a dream come true for her, every day after school and as soon as she finishes her homework, she really enjoys doing make up and nails and admiring herself on the mirror.
“This is not the first time that she has participated in a pageant and I am optimistic that she will bring the crown home,” said her mother.
This not the first time that Dellish has competed in a beauty pageant as she has been crowned Queen at Victoria Primary where she is doing ECD.
She has also participated in Miss Victoria Primary where she came first and was also crowned Queen of Masvingo Primary schools in April 2023.
She is also scooped the 2022 Little Miss Glenlivet and the final one being Miss Toto Africa Zimbabwe in August last year.
Her teacher Ingrid Govo described Dellish as an obedient pupil, very clever and ready to learn new things.
“I enjoy her presence in my class as she is the driver of the class. She is an exceptional child with exceptional qualities for a child of her age,” said Govo.
Dellish started modelling when she was 3 years old and has taken part in Miss Culture among other pageants.
This years’ edition will be held in Nigeria, Lagos on March 23 and there are four categories up for grabs, which are Miss Toto Africa for the 5-6 year olds, Miss Mini Africa for the 7 to 9 years old, Miss Little Africa for those aged between 9 and 10 years old and Miss Teen Africa for those aged between 11 and 15 years.
Zimbabwe will be represented by Dellish from Masvingo, 12 year old Sibusiso Gata from Bulawayo who will take part in the Mr Teen Africa, Aiden Marambidzi and Shaina Hwara from Harare with the other five, said Shalom.
Last year Zimbabwe made its maiden appearance where it was represented by Samina Muzondo (13) and Tamar Kunashe (11) all from Harare.
Tamar was crowned the best rising star while Samina was adjudged the best personality and they were sponsored by Vaida Chemicals, Shalom told The Midweek Watch.
The overall winner was from Nigeria.
Shalom said although Vaida Chemicals has been sponsoring the pageant this time around they have a bigger delegation of 15 people as the kids travel with their parents as well.
The pageant which started in Uganda is a continental competition for boys and girls between the ages of 4 and 14 years and its main purpose is to promote culture, tourism and networking.
Kids are encouraged to show off their best features in a beauty pageant designed just for them. Modeling is one of the most exciting activities for children as they grow up because it gives them confidence and trains them to face the world.
A child’s participation in a beauty pageant can be a great learning experience, especially if the competition encourages the development of desirable traits like self-awareness, self-control, and composure. Such platforms provide a secure and encouraging space for families to explore creative interests with the help of industry professionals, including coaches, stylists, and photographers.
It is an excellent way for kids to gain self-assurance, self-esteem, and other transferable skills by showcasing their abilities to the world.
This can be an opportunity for even the designers in the country and beyond to come up with different outfits for children like Dellish.
There is voting online that is going on and the public is encouraged to participate and ensure that Dellish gets 500 likes in the Little Miss Africa competition.
The votes contribute 20% to the overall score of each contestant and below is the link
Shalom is a beauty therapist based in Harare and her 11 year old daughter who is a model inspired her to start the beauty pageant for Zimbabwe.
She is also a Sunday school teacher and has a passion for working with children hence she decided to groom children in modeling.