The 18th edition of Miss Tanzania beauty pageantry gets underway at the Mlimani City in Dar es Salaam tonight.
A total of 30 contestants who have been undergoing drills for at least a month inside Vodacom House stroll at the podium to display their heroics before fans and other dignitaries.
The event has been highly beefed up by a hefty prize fund package to become the most lucrative of all the events since 1994.
Going by the gravity of the prize packages not only to the eventual winner but also to the rest of the contestants, fans are expected to flock in huge numbers.
Eyebrows have been raised by fans who were closely following the event as organizers announced the biggest ever prize to the eventual winner.
A brand new American car model of Jeep would certainly keep the entire contestants at their heels as the event gets underway.
Whoever wins the prize must consider herself lucky as the award package has been inconsistent depending on the prevailing financial state of the sponsors.
A Jeep car worth 72m/- is worth more than seven times in comparison with the value of the Hyundai i10 car awarded to the previous edition’s winner, Genevieve Mpangala.
Today’s winner would represent Tanzania at the Miss World to be staged in London later in November.
Miss Tanzania organizers coordinator Hashim Lundenga has assured fans that the judges will adhere to the rules and regulations in marking the contestants during the epic show tonight.
The event’s sponsors, Vodacom Tanzania, have been considerate to the prize distribution as the entire fleets of contestants stand to benefit from the prize fund.
At least, the losing finalists would earn 700,000/- as a consolation prize for competing at this level.
Fans outside Dar es Salaam and those who would not be able to attend the event are expected to stay close to their television to watch the proceedings, save for availability of power at their respective areas.
Music artistes from Kenya, Uganda and domestic based ones will be on show to entertain guests and fans as well.
The 30 contestants lined up for tonight’s premier beauty pageantry include Alexia William, Maua Kimambo, Asha Saleh, Chiaru Masonobo, Christine Mwenegoha Jennifer Kakolaki, Salha Esrael, Christine William, Leila Juma, Atu Zerulia Manoko and Dalila Gharib.
The line up extends to Mwajab Juma, Stacey Alfred, Rose Herbert, Zubeda Seif, Neema Mtitu, Stella Mbuge, Maria Clara Mathayo, Husna Twalib, Loveness Flavian, Glory Samuel, Trace Sospeter, Cynthia Kimasha, Weirungu David, Hamisa Hussein, Irene Karubaga and Husna Maulid.