Jamaican star Romain Virgo to grace Bofoz

HARARE - Jamaican musician Romain Virgo will grace Black Opal Face of Zimbabwe (Bofoz) at the pageant slated for September 17 at the Glamis Arena in Harare.

Bofoz is a pageant that seeks to identify a brand ambassador for Black Opal in Zimbabwe. The competition is open to Zimbabwean women aged 18 and above.

The 26-year-old lovers’ rock style of reggae music is best known for his rendition of international hit songs including Soul Provider, Stay with Me and others.

He confirmed the gig in a video clip, “Yes Zimbabwe this is Romain Virgo getting ready for Bofoz September 17, you cannot miss this one alright. Chipaz Promotion represents this one, I will be coming soon,” he said.

Bofoz spokesperson Tanaka Ngorora said they want to provide a dancehall- themed event.

“Black Opal is an international brand, hence the decision to engage international musicians.

“We finalised with Romain Virgo but are still in negotiations with another big name.

“Our intention is to have one musician who specialises in soft music and renditions, another more on the hard-core side.

“At Bofoz we run with different themes each year, we had African, Dress to Kill (Red Carpet), now it’s dancehall. Zimdancehall is big and it has been accepted by the entire population.

“On the local side, we are still in negotiations and Chipaz is doing that. He is highly competent in that field. Our main focus is on the entertainment side, it is going to be bigger than ever,” he said.

There will only be one winner this year who will walk away with $8 000. And one lucky voter will win a car. Entries for this year’s editions are closing on June 16.

“Also, one of the co-founders of the Black Opal brand is actually a lady from Jamaica who lives in America and established the brand specifically for darker skinned woman, but the brand is also set to grow beyond that,” said Tatenda Mutseyekwa Bofoz  marketing assistant.

Previous winners of the pageant include Betty Moyo (2013), Tendai Farai (2014) and Cynthia Mafume (2015).

The competition is open to any Zimbabwean woman older than 18 years and residing in Zimbabwe for at least the next two years.

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