Kakamega County finally has a Miss Tourism Kenya 2018 beauty pageant winner. At a colourful beauty pageant contest, routinely organized globally and nationally, hosted at Kakamega Golf Hotel, 12 girls faced three judges with high expectations and anxiety in front of cheering spectators. Finally, the judges settled on a light cum, chocolate skinned, tall, 24 year old peace crusader, Linet Jandeka Kamadi from Lurambi Sub County.
Chief Guest and Busia County First Lady Judy Ojaamong acknowledged Kakamega County’s endowment with bright, eloquent and gorgeous ladies, an asset she said the corporate world needs to tap into and edge out competitors at both national and international fronts. Host First Lady Priscillah Oparanya congratulated the winner and encouraged all the other girls in the county who participated in the contest to remain steadfast on career building and capitalise on their courage, wit and beauty to climb even higher their career life ladder and as role models to the young generation. She promised to deliver the national title to Kakamega county during the national competition in Nairobi next month and even beyond.
CECM for Trade, Industrialization and Tourism, Kassim Were, assured residents of a rigorous exercise in next year’s Miss Tourism Kakamega and asked those eligible to begin rolling their sleeves immediately. Mr. Were, while appreciating his committee members and sponsors, thanked H.E. Governor Wycliffe Ambetsa Oparanya for his guidance on identifying, nurturing and promoting talent across the county, something he said will leave a rich legacy for the governor.
The winner now signs a one year contract with the county government of Kakamega as staff in the directorate of tourism and she will also manage a Sh.2.5 million budget for Corporate Social Responsibility activities across the county. The 1st Runners-up prize went to Janice Angela Mmbaya, a student at Kabarak University from Mumias West Subcounty as Faith Leah Anyona, a teacher by profession, also from Lurambi Sub county, settled for the 2nd Runners-up package. The other contestants took home both National and County Miss Tourism Certificates, shopping vouchers and cheques based on their performance.
Other guests & speakers included Senators Cleophas Malala, Naomi Shiyonga (both from Kakamega county) and Mercy Chembeni (Nominated-Bungoma), CEC members, Chief of Staff Robert Sumbi, Chief Officers, MCAs led by Chairman of the County Assembly Trade Committee Hon. Ben Omboko, Her Highness Queen Lilian Mumia and the reigning Miss Tourism Nyamira County Bernadette Ogega, a student at Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology among others.