Eighteen - year - old Tanda Valombola from Ondangwa was crowned as Miss Eenhana Expo 2012 in the capital town of Ohangwena region, Eenhana, last week. The first princess, Anna Haitamba, a 17-year- old from the Polytechnic of Namibia (PoN) was crowned as the first princess, while another 17-year-old Grade 12 learner from Haimbili Haufiku Secondary school, Peshito Shimweefeleni, was crowned as the second princess. Tupavali Sheelongo, also in Grade 12 from Haimbili, is Miss Photogenic.
Miss Eehana Expo 2012 won a set of DSTV Decoder TV, the first princess won a Black Berry smart phone, while the second princess N $ 350 together with Miss Photogenic.
The Chief Executive Officer of the Ohangwena Regional Council, Valde Ndevashiya said during the crowing event that Miss Eenhana Expo ultimately represents the Ohangwena region and its inhabitants.
"Our Ohangwena region and Eenhana town is full of the best beauty that needs press exposure like what you guys from the New Era are doing for our town here.
We are now on the map of Namibia because of your positive coverage of events. Why can't the Miss Namibia competition cast the net wider like it's happening in other SADC countries where beauty is taken from the rural areas not only in towns?" He added that the Expo and beauty pageant is the only activity "where they can gather all folks from the Ohangwena region together. During her reign Tanda will try by all means to counsel the San community who are highly affected by the traditional alcoholic drink "Epwaka" and the deadly HIV/AIDS pandemic.
"I will try by all means to empower the most disadvantaged communities from the Ohangwena region, especially those people known as "san people" in this region. I will also negotiate with the President's Office, Prime Minister's, and Ohangwena Regional Council and other donor agencies to construct kindergarten schools for the community since they are less privileged here." She also vowed to take care of the disabled people in the region, and all those with related problems to approach her as she can give her hand based on the availability of donor funds and other relevant agencies.