One of the anticipated shows of the year, Miss Maseru hosted by none other than the king of SA showbiz Somizi and Ms Kiva took place on April 14th. The pageantry event which is in its second year running after its success in 2017, took place at Manthabiseng convention centre with a total of 20 contestants.

To kick-start the show, there was a showstopper performance by the eccentric Stlofa ‘Mampoli’ who performed some of his well-known hits. The contestants followed afterwards with a free-style dance to warm up the crowd for what was about to come. A sombre, expectant mood filled the air as the crowd waited for the ever graceful and beautiful Ms Kiva to introduce her co-host. For some, Somizi was the icing on top of the cake. ‘I came to see Somgaga live, he’s my idol,’ said one of Lesotho’s socialites Napo Kalebe.

Co-host Ms Kiva

Co-host Ms Kiva

Never one to disappoint, Somizi, came on stage guns blazing and entertained the crowd with amusing antics. The contestants paraded in traditional wear; thethana, mose oa khomo as well as those who wore the Ndebele traditional wear. Each contestant walked the stage and did their own traditional dance or showcase. Memorable was one contestant who balanced seroto also known as a bucket on her head and effortlessly performed with it on her head.

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The fashion show segment allowed contestants to show their versatility and creativity, as well as shine their personality. The final segment featured the contestants with evening wear upon which Mammui Lephoto was crowned the winner while Tiisetso Matete was the first princess while Tlholohelo Ramaru was the second runner up.

In between the show, performers ranging from Traditional dance groups, Sotho-hop artists such as Juvenile and Skebza D entertained the crowd.

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The exhilarated Mammui was beyond words at being crowned the winner; she is fresh off high school and is still awaiting admissions to go study law at university. With a huge passion for girls issues, the new Miss Maseru vowed to use some of the proceeds from her winnings to help young girls who are passionate about modelling develop self confidence and mentor them through training to become good at the craft.

By: Mantsebeng Maepe