In the event that started yesterday, whose proceedings surpassed midnight, the moment the multitude of Rwandans and other people have been waiting for has finally arrived. The moment of anticipation of who would be Miss Rwanda 2017 came to an end, bringing happiness and satisfaction, right after witnessing Iradukunda Elsa (now, Miss Iradukunda Elsa) be crowned by Miss Rwanda 2016 Jolly Mutesi in the event that took place at Kigali Conference and Exhibition Village.
Before the ending, winning the crown was between Iradukunda Elsa and Shimwa Guelda who are both from the Western Province. They both stood, facing each other holding hands while they waited for the last whistle.
Miss Rwanda 2017 Iradukunda Elsa received numerous awards for winning the crown. She was awarded a brand new car/Suzuki Swift worth 15,000,000 Rwf by Cogebanque, and she is also to be paid by this company 800,000 Rwf per month, for 12 months. That is about $1000 per month for a year. In addition to that, she was awarded by Rwandair the ticket to be flown anywhere as far as Rwandair flies, for free, for a year. She also was awarded a smartcard, lotion enough for a year and so on. Aside from being voted Miss Rwanda by the Judges: Rwabigwi Gilbert, Nsanzabaganwa Strato, Uwamariya Angelique, Karangwa Mike and Miss Urusaro Carine; Miss Iradukunda was also voted by her colleagues/contestants as the fellow who was best to live with, Miss Congeniality.
Anyway, Shimwa Guelda won the place of the 1st runner up. They reached this position after the judges voted 4 contestants who will contest for the finals, whereas the 5th was voted by the population. This way, Umuhoza Simbi Fanique from the Eastern Province was the 4th runner up, Kalimpinya Queen was voted the 3rd runner up and Umutoniwase Linda was voted 2nd runner up after entering the top 5 by the popular vote.
Aside from Miss Congeniality, other positions were voted among the 15 finalists of the Miss Rwanda 2017 Beauty Pageant. The title of Miss Popural was taken by Uwase Hirwa Honorine, Also Known As Igisabo; the title of Miss Photogenic was taken by Mutesi Nadia from the Eastern Province, who is also a very good singer; and the title of Miss Heritage was won by Shimwa Guelda.
Honestly, the Miss Rwanda Beauty Pageant turned out to be even cooler and more awesome than you could have expected. All the 15 finalists were given certificates each of full scholarships by Mahatma Ghandhi University for Undergraduate Education. How great is that! Also during the ceremony, Miss 2016 was awarded by Rwandair to be the Ambassador of Rwandair brand, in Rwanda and everywhere else; that way she was given a plane trophy.
All in all, all of the ladies are supposedly going to go to the same university. They all enjoyed the 2 week boot camp, where they were given lessons about the culture, talked about their future projects and their talents, among other things.
During the contest, part one: they were asked about their future projects and each answered a question about Rwanda Core Values. Part two; the 5 contestants were mostly asked to elaborate the implementation of their future projects. Iradukunda Elsa’s projects is about promoting made-in-Rwanda products to a higher level in order to increase exports. This leads me to the fact that the contestants modeled in the clothes which were made in Rwanda. They performed a traditional dance, a modeling dance and a poem together.
The judges announced before the finals that they will consider the catwalk/beauty, the content in the answers and the public speaking skills.
Tonight turned out to be a very happy night to Miss Rwanda 2017 Iradukunda Elsa; so she thanked the judges for believing in her and claimed that her secret to win was praying God.