Miss Deaf Zim lands two continental titles

HARARE - Lively Miss Deaf Zimbabwe Kuda Mapeture won the first princess and Miss Deaf Photogenic Africa titles at the Miss Deaf Africa 2016 pageant held in Cape Town, South Africa on Saturday.

Mapeture was beaten to the top prize by Miss Deaf South Africa Cirsty Greeff who also took home the Miss Deaf Personality accolade. Miss Deaf Botswana Kemmolye Ke Raetswe was the second princess.

The 24 year old Zimbabwean beauty, who made the country proud when she was included in  the top 10 at the 2013 Miss and Mr Deaf World Pageant held Prague in the Czech Republic, told the Daily News that her success  was yet another opportunity to raise awareness about deaf people to the general populace.

“People have to be aware of what deaf people can do, the challenges they face and the importance of equality.

“My victory is important to deaf girls because I am their role model. They can learn to be confident about themselves and to stand for themselves and not to be afraid of doing what they want in life. Participating and winning this competition gives me the opportunity to educate people about deaf people,” said Mapeture.

She added that the Miss Deaf Africa 2016 contest presented her a platform to interact deaf people from other countries.

“I learnt about their challenges and we also discussed possible ways of making Africa a better continent for deaf people.

“We also exchanged signs for different words and utilised African sign language to even talk about our social life and everyday challenges. And we discovered as deaf people from diff countries that we had some common challenges,” said the reigning Miss Deaf Zimbabwe.

Mapeture, who works as a programmes officer responsible for sign language training in the Deaf Zimbabwe Trust secretariat led by executive director Barbra Nyangairi, was expected to fly back home last night.

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