Fezza Kessy, the current Miss Ilala
By Anne Mucheke
The top prize at Miss Ilala 2006 beauty contest, scheduled for June 30 at Karimjee Hall, will be a car.
Event organiser Jackson Kalikumtima said this at a press conference yesterday, where he also introduced the first three contenders for the seat, the winners of this year’s Miss Tabata contest.
Dar Metropolitan chairman Kalikumtima said the organisers were awarding the beauty queens a prize worth their status.
The prize, he hoped, will also encourage more contenders to join the beauty contest, which he said, will be bigger than last year’s and the most prestigious one so far.
He, however, refused to disclose the exact value of the car but said it would be a good quality reconditioned saloon not costing less than 5,000 dollars (about 5.5m/-). Neither did he announce the prizes for the runners-up.
Kalikumtima said Dar Metropolitan has contracted Juda Modeling and Casting Company to take charge of the event.
Diana Mhere who was the first Miss Ilala in 1998 and the director of the company said she would work hand in hand with the organi sers to make the event a success.
Miss Ilala comprises five zones in which three top winners at each automatically qualify for the contest.
Tabata was the first centre to hold the competition last Friday, in which Lydia Joseph, a law student at the University of Dar es Salaam, emerged the winner.
Veronica Mande and Jacqueline Hellen emerged first and second runners-up respectively.
Other centres in Ilala include Upanga, Mzizima, Ukonga and Dar City Centre.
The winners in each centre are expected to group at base camp from June 15 in preparation for Miss Ilala.
Kalikumtima, also announced that Walmax Promotions will not stage this year’s Miss Ukonga beauty contest.
He explained the group did not satisfy the requirements needed for organisers of such an event and they were in the process of getting a replacement for the event.
He encouraged interested bodies to apply to organize the event.
Feza Kessy is the reigning Miss Ilala.