When Miss Tanzania 2009 is finally unveiled in October, out will come not just the winner of a brand new $40,000 Suzuki Grand Vitara $8,000 in cash, but also an ambassador who will market Tanzania both at home and abroad.
This assertion is founded on the decision by the organiser of the event Hashim Lundenga to train all the contestants vying for this year’s Vodacom Miss Tanzania crown in how to market the country.
The 30 contestants, currently in camp ahead of the finals next month, will also be trained by a German expert.
The girls will visit game parks in Arusha and Kilimanjaro to familiarise themselves with the tourism sector.
Mr Lundenga said that the contestants will also receive lessons on catwalk, confidence and public speaking lessons in order to acquire more knowledge and better skills on how to present themselves to the audience.
According to Vodacom Tanzania’s George Rwehumbiza, the company has been seeking to post better prizes for winners every year and that the prizes for this year will total $73,135.
“For this year we have decided to offer attractive prizes that are worth the winners’ efforts,” he said.
According to the organisers, there will be something for everyone.
The first runner-up will take home $6,000, the second runner-up will receive $4,000 while the one who takes the fourth position will pocket $3,000.
The fifth placed model will take $2,000 with the next five collecting 1,000 each. The rest will walk away with cash prize of $700 each.
The winner will also receive an air ticket to the Miss World pageant in South Africa from Air Tanzania.
The Miss Tanzania beauty contest resumed in 1995 after a 30-year gap.