The New Times (Kigali)

Rwanda: Mupende, Musie Win Premier Model Competition

Alexia UweraMupende a fresh graduate of Business Information and Technology (BBIT), from Mount Kenya University (MKU) and Tekle Musie, a second year BBIT student at the same university on Friday, emerged winners of the premier model competition.

The contest organised by Rwanda Premier Models Agency, attracted 24 aspiring models that included twelve girls and twelve boys at Expo Ground in Gikondo. The two beat the other contestants taking home Rwf 1,000,000 cash prize each.

The two also received other prizes that included an assortment of Sulfo Rwanda products for a year as well as a three night stay at Country Inn and Guest Luxe hotel.

"I am so grateful tonight that my wish came true;I am the winner. It was not an easy task, but I have finally made it," said Mupende. Musie couldn't hide his excitement either as he was all smiles.

Sandrine Nimugire Umutoni and Jean Fabrice Rwirangira were the first runners up. They were awarded Rwf 500,000 each. They will also get a six months' supply of beauty and cleaning products from Sulfo Rwanda.

The 2nd runners up were Flora Umutoni and Jean Marshall Ubaruta who received Rwf 250,000 each. The cash prizes were given by Real Contractors, as one of the sponsors of the contest.

At the event, all the other contestants also received beauty products for their participation.

The event started at 8pm with a Burundian drummer group as the curtain raisers. The group gave the event an interesting kick-start with their stylish dance and comedy, before the seven judges took their seats.

It all started with 24 models cat-walking in traditional wear - followed by African and evening wear. At around 11pm, the Blessed Family, a group of eleven dancers excited the crowd with their unique dancing techniques, before the models came in for one last time - in casual wear.

Models were photographed at different modeling stages. Within a short time, the entertainment team took over, led by Alpha Rwirangira and Elion Victory.

Alpha didn't disappoint as he belted out his Mama Africa and African Swaga hits, despite the disappointing music system which frustrated the artistes and the crowd in equal measure.

After all the excitement, the judges then announced the winners - Mupende and Musie.

Jean Claude Ndayishimiye, the Chief Executive Officer of Rwanda Premier Model Agency, said the event will be annual. He called on the talented youth to get involved and take part in modeling, as a way of promoting the industry.

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