Pomp and colour as Sarah Pkyach crowned new Miss Tourism

Ezekiel Mutua, Ababu Namwamb, Miss Tourism Kenya 2018 Sarah Pkyach, Miss tourism 2017 Wendy Bella and Eugene Wamalwa Photo:Wiberforce Okwiri

Sarah Pkyach is the new Miss Tourism crown holder. The beauty, who is also the Miss Tourism West Pokot County, beat 40 other contestants to clinch the title in a colourful event at the Safari Park Hotel in Nairobi.

It was pomp and dance as dignitaries, high profile guests, former beauty title holders and hundreds of attendees gave her a standing ovation as traditional dancers from West Pokot ushered the new crown.

Besides the chief guest Devolution Cabinet Secretary Eugene Wamalwa, the ceremony had Ababu Namwamba, the Chief Administrative Secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and a number of county first ladies in attendance.

“I am happy with Mrs Alice Kamunge and her team’s effort to make this event a total success over the years. My ministry will continue to support this noble cause,” Wamalwa said.

Sarah Pkyach doing what she knows best Photo:Wilberforce Okwiri

And to crown it all, Sarah signed a contract worth Sh1.2 million and will represent the country in the Miss Tourism International 2018 finals in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, in December.

Miss Bungoma County, Joyce Nasambu Munyefu, won the People’s Choice award. She garnered more than 45 per cent of the total votes cast.

Sarah now joins a number of beauty queens, class of 2018, who are set to represent Kenya in top international beauty pageant. She prepares to head to Kuala Lumpur for the International finals where she will battle it out with beauties from other countries for The Miss Tourism International title.

Kenya was well represented last year at the finals in the same venue by Wendy Bella. The lass put the country on the continental map after she was crowned as Miss Tourism International Africa.

The Miss University Africa Beauty Pageant is another event to watch. This year, Sheryl Ayiera will represent the country on November 30, in Nigeria hoping to clinch the ultimate title.

Sheryl, a Communications student at Multimedia University, won the title at an event held at the Carnivore Grounds in June this year. Goretti Mirera, a Kenyatta University student, represented the country last year.

Devolution CS Eugene Wamalwa at the event Photo:Wilberforce Okwiri

And come November 8, Finali Galaiya, Miss World Kenya 2018 will leave for Sanya, China ahead of the Miss World finals.

She will proceed to a boot camp for a month before the actual event takes place on the eighth of December. Finali was crowned on the September 8 at a colourful ceremony held at The Mall Rooftop in Westlands.

The beauty, whose Beauty with a Purpose project is widow cleansing, will try to once again put the country on the international map.

Her predecessors have done the country proud for two years consecutively. Evelyn Njambi and Magline Jeruto are former Miss World Africa title holders, a position they won after competing in the Miss World Finals in 2015 and 2016 respectively. The task is now up to Galaiya.

“I do believe in myself and in the team behind me that I will try my best to do my country proud,” said Finali.

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