Homa Bay's Wendy Omolo wins Miss Tourism Kenya 2016
19 June 2016, 16:34
Vihiga - Wendy Bella Omolo from Homa Bay County is the new new Miss Tourism Kenya winner after beating 42 other beauties in highly contested finals at Kidundu Grounds in Vihiga County.
The 21-year-old, trying for the second time after failing to clinch the title last year, said being crowned the winner was a persistent dream come true.
A journalism graduate from Moi University and currently working with the County government of Homa Bay, Omolo said winning the crown and bringing it to the western side for the first time was a great honour.
“I am elated by the judges’ decision to settle on me as the overall winner for this year’s Miss Tourism Kenya finals,” Omolo said.
Omolo who doubles up as a peace and unity ambassador said her first assignment is to woo youths to embrace diversity, celebrate the country’s rich culture and heritage, instead of engaging in unconstructive politicking.
First runners up position went to Laurah Matakala from Uasin Gishu County while second runners up position was taken by Bomet’s Winny Chepngetich.
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Top 10 delegates were represented by Kwale, Kajiado, Uasin Gishu, Bomet, Meru, Samburu, Busia, Homa Bay and Nyeri counties.
Mombasa’s beauty, Babylynn Mukila who wowed the crowds with her ability to overcome disability to contest in the most heightened competition was awarded the Miss Congeniality Award.
Mukila, who is deaf, won the hearts of the judges and leaders who were around, with Mining Cabinet Secretary Dan Kazungu Kambi recognising that she was a self inspired lady who went beyond her limitations to compete.
“It is an award of honour,” said the CS.
Jennifer Wanjiku from Muranga won the people’s choice award, after she got an overwhelming 44,471 votes through SMS voting.
The pageants who will be ambassadors for the six pillars that make up Miss Tourism Kenya included Wendy Omolo (peace and unity), Laurah Matakala (hospitality), Winny Chepngetich (investment), Jennifer Wanjiku (culture), Elizabeth Muthoni (Tourism) and Winfred Gakii (environment).
Other categories where the contestants were awarded according to their regions included best grand entry award, fitness category, individual talent, traditional dance, traditional dress, exhibitions, and best foods categories.
Miss Tourism Kenya director Alice Kamunge said it is now up to the counties to live up to the challenge and promote tourism in their rural counties by hosting the event.
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