by Pinehas Nakaziko
Namibian model, Fransiska Kunyima Mbambo (24), is delighted to be representing Namibia at the Miss Heritage International in New Dehli, India starting this Sunday. “I will be representing my beautiful Namibia with its beautiful heritages and cultures in India and I will be leaving this Friday. I am so excited and promised my country that I will give it my best pageant walk and do my utmost best to win the title,” says Fransiska.
Fransika says if she wins, she would like to help children from her community in motivate and encouraging them to achieve their goals. She would also continue with her teenage pregnancy awareness campaign which she has been busy with in the Kavango East region since June. “This means, I will help many young girls with my title. They say you should always start from home and that’s what I would like to do before other different campaigns in the whole country,” she says.
Fransiska adds she also plans after the pageant to use her experience to help and mentor other upcoming models in the pageantry world. “My advice to the upcoming models is that, through hard works, determination and passion nothing is impossible,” she says. A born native of the Andara Village in Kavango East but bred in Rundu, she started modeling at the age of 12 years old in Rundu by taking part in small pageants since 2002. While at St Boniface College for her secondary level, where modeling was not allowed, she had to focus more on completing her high school. “Being at St Boniface College in Sambyu Academic was the number one priority before anything else. So I put my modeling career on hold, until I moved to Windhoek for my tertiary education, where I enrolled at the University of Namibia (Unam) and just did my fourth year in Bachelors of Arts majoring in Industrial Psychology and Sociology this year,” she says.
This year she won two national titles, Face of Namibia and Miss Grand Namibia First Princess. “I also won a special award of Miss Grand Namibia Miss Public’s Choice,” she adds.
This is the second edition of Miss Heritage International taking place from December 6 -13. The pageant is supported by the We for We organisation, an affiliate of the Indian Association of Health and Fitness (IAHF). The campaign’s focus is to empower the girls and women by educating them. Miss Heritage International focuses on promoting world heritage, peace, cultural exchange and environmental conservation through beauty pageantry and advocacy.