Malawi queen scoops 1st runners up in Miss Black Africa UK

By Nyasa Times

Newly crowned Miss Malawi UK Alexina Phiri, on Saturday carried the Malawi flag higher when she in Miss Black Africa UK, scooping the first runner-up and won the best talent category at the pageant which took  place on the 5th of October 2013 at the Royal Regency Hall, London.

Phiri, a 20 year-old law student at Birmingham law school, said she was pleased to have emerged a favourite for the crown of UK’s largest ethnic pageant which was contested by 30 contestants, from 17 African countries, including Nigeria, Uganda, Zimbabwe, Kenya, Equatorial Guinea, Cameroon, Guinea Bissau, Sierra Leone, Tanzania, Cape Verde, Ghana, Congo, South Africa and Senegal.

She thanked Malawians for being “encouraging” and wrote on her Facebook Timeline “Malawi it doesn’t stop here!”

Phiri , who was crowned the Malawi Queen UK at event fully packed with performances of Malawians in diaspora, including Pop Dogg who came from Dublin, Ireland, on September  28 said: “I look forward to full-filling my duties both as Miss Malawi UK and Miss Black Africa’s 1st Runner up.”

Organisers of the Malawi Queen UK contest also expressed delight with Phiri.

“It is refreshing that the winner of Miss Malawi UK went as far as getting the runners up in the African contest barely a week after being crowned.”

Meanwhile, Miss Malawi UK organisers Henry Dokowe Ngwira and Kondi Bowoyoke Munthali sharply denied accusations that they ill-treated contestants and singer Pop Dogg.

“It is malicious allegations,” said Ngwira. “All contestants have been paid and were looked after very well. It is one frustrated individual who is hell bent to create false stories.”

He added that all contestants have denied making those accusations but one who he did not name, was bitterly “creating stories.”

And Pop Dogg also denied the report on Malawi Voice that he was starved in Birmingham, saying it was  a fabrication.

“I was in pristine condition throughout my entire stay.”

“I had amazing time in Birmingham plus I had no issues with Miss Malawi UK organisers. I enjoyed my stay and I am going back soon for another show. The story on Malawi Voice about me is bogus. I was never interviewed by any of Malawi voice journalists.”

Munthali said Malawi Voice had been “fed lies” by their informant, saying “they could have done better if they balanced up with us the organisers but it was just a report of hearsay without verification. It is not accurate.”

Also reacting angrily was Miss Malawi UK runners up Etina Maganga who said she had no qualms with the Miss Malawi UK. Maganga was backed by Miss Personality Reisha Mahommed and Miss Popularity Malaika Macholowe.

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