Continental pageant for Miss Deaf

HARARE - Reigning Miss Deaf Zimbabwe Kuda Mapeture will represent the country at the Miss Deaf Africa 2016 set for Cape Town, South Africa on July 30.

The 24-year-old beauty is not a newcomer to the world of pageants. She took part in Miss Deaf 2012 before heading to Prague in the Czech Republic a year later to represent Zimbabwe at the Miss and Mr Deaf World Pageant where she made the country proud by making it into the top ten.

Deaf Zimbabwe Trust executive director Barbra Nyangairi has called on well-wishers to avail resources that will enable Mapeture represent Zimbabwe with dignity at Africa’s most prestigious pageant for the deaf.

“The challenges have been the lack of resources and support for her participation. The Miss Deaf Zimbabwe contest faces serious financial challenges,” Nyangairi told the Daily News.

Mapeture, who work as a programmes officer responsible for sign language training in the Deaf Zimbabwe Trust secretariat, was not available for comment due to commitments at a workshop.

But in a recent interview, Mapeture urged youngsters with hearing impairments not to shy away from beauty pageants.

“It doesn’t matter that you are deaf or dumb, come out and showcase your talent,” said the vivacious Mapeture.

She added that youngsters with hearing impairment conditions should never look down upon themselves.

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