By CGN Reporter
A fourth year student from Chuka University is the reigning Miss Tourism Bungoma County for 2018/19.
Miss Joyce Nasambu Munyefu, aged 22 years clinged the much coveted title after edging out 17 other contestants at the event that was held at the Kenya Red Cross – Kanduyi.
Miss Leah Nafula and Bellita China emerged first and second runners up respectively in the beauty contest.
The Chuka University beauty queen is taking a Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics and Physics.
Prior to getting her current title, she has been holding the Miss Environment Bungoma County 2016/17 and moved around schools and in water catchment areas planting trees.
Miss Nasambu said she managed to plant over 5,000 tree seedlings across the county and more so carried environmental conservation campaigns to Mt Elgon that has been encroached by area residents.
She is credited for championing an anti-jigger campaign this year where she reached to over 455 primary school pupils who had been infected with jiggers.
“When I got the first tile in 2016, I decided to give back to the community and I chose a jigger campaign since it’s a bid menace in the county. Many pupils drop out school for being infected with jiggers and I can’t sit pretty and watch as a promising generation is wiped out,” said Miss Nasambu.
Miss Nasambu said she will continue with the initiative under her Organisation dubbed Okoa Bungoma Foundation.
Besides the jigger campaign, she has been supporting girls living with disability with free sanitary pads at Nalondo CBM Primary School. She has touched the lives of at least 460 pupils at the school with the initiative.
“I just talk to well-wishers and instead of them giving money, they just buy the sanitary pads and after collecting enough of them, I take to the girls. I want them to be in the class throughout even during menstruation period,” said Miss Nasambu.
She added: “The girls might be disabled but in them you can see a soul that is willing to learn. The only way you can ensure their dream comes to fruition is by giving them sanitary pads so that they don’t miss classes. In them, I see future leaders who will prove their haters wrong,”
Governor Wycliffe Wangamati’s wife, Caroline Wangamati who is the patron of the Miss Tourism –Bungoma said she will support Miss Nasambu at the national beauty pageants contest this year to ensure the county also grabs the Miss Tourism Kenya title.
According to the Governor’s wife, they will go to the national competition to take the crown back to Bungoma, arguing that they have all what it takes to beat beauty pageants from the remaining 46 counties and be crowned national champs.
“I will also mentor other contestants who participated in the competition in a bid to realise their full potential. This will involve inclusion in blood donation drive, sexual and reproductive health awareness and Linda Mama initiative as well as agribusiness projects.” Ms Wangamati said.
Area Governor Wycliffe Wangamati promised to finance all the activities of the beauty queen. “The County Government is committed at nurturing talent and youth empowerment. Next time, we will also have Mr Bungoma contest,”
“I am proud of what our ladies have showcased today. It is indeed beauty and brains. I would also like to take this opportunity to affirm my commitment towards youth empowerment and to assure the department that Miss Tourism 2019/2020 will be better funded and it will be bigger