By Andreas Thomas
Windhoek — With less than two weeks to go before the 2009 Miss Universe finals in Bahamas, Miss Namibia 2009, Happie Ntelamo, is yet to secure sponsorship to enable her compete in the beauty pageant.
Ntelamo is expected to represent Namibia at the 58th Miss Universeat on August 23 but currently does not have enough money to undertake the trip.
However, Ntelamo is optimistic that with fundraising campaigns underway they would be able to raise funds for her trip to the Caribbean island.
"I can’t wait to go represent Namibia at such a global event and I am counting on the goodwill of fellow Namibians, especially the corporate sector," said Ntelamo, a final year law student at the University of Namibia.
She said they would keep on knocking on doors for support.
On Thursday, Ntelamo paid a courtesy call to Namibian Prime Minister Nahas Angula to brief the premier about the upcoming Miss Universe pageant and her work in general as reigning Miss Namibia.
In an unfortunate twist, a gala dinner that was planned for Saturday, July 25 at the Windhoek Country Club to raise funds for Ntalemo was called off.
About 87 countries and territories will compete for the Miss Universe title.
Namibia was last represented by Anna Nashandi, who competed at Miss Universe in 2006 in Los Angeles, USA.