The Miss Tanzania beauty contest takes place today in Dar es Salaam.
The prestigious contest is fielding 30 contenders competing to succeed Salha Israel who won the crown last year.
Five queens out of 30 have already qualified for top 15 by virtue of winning various titles when the queens were in residential camping. They are Lucy Stephano who won Miss Photogenic, Mary Chizi (Miss Sports Lady), Babylove Kalala (Miss Talent), Magdalena Roy (Top Model) and Happiness Daniel (Miss Personality).
The five now wait for 10 others to join them before a panel of judges select the top five.
The winner of Miss Tanzania 2012 will be awarded 8m/- and a car, of a type and price to be known later today.
Contest organizer Hashim Lundenga said yesterday that the first and second runners-up will walk away with 6.2m/- and 4m/-, respectively.
The fourth winner will take home 3m/- while the fifth winner will be awarded 2.4m/-.
Others remaining in the top 15 will pocket 1.2m/- each. The rest of the contestants will be awarded 700,000/- each.
This year’s Miss Tanzania is sponsored by Redds Original.
Miss Tanzania will compete in the Miss World contest next year on September 14 in Jakarta, Indonesia.
The singular Miss Tanzania who performed well at Miss World was Nancy Sumary who won the Miss World Africa prize in 2005.
Other former Miss Tanzania are Aina Maeda (1994), Emily Adolf (1995), Shose Sinare (1996), Saida Kessy (1997), Basila Mwanakuzi (1998), Hoyce Temu (1999), Jacqueline Ntuyabaliwe (2000), Happiness Magese (2001) and Angela Damas (2002).
Others are Sylvia Bahame (2003), Faraja Kota (2004), Nancy Sumari (2005), Wema Sepetu (2006), Richa Adhia (2007), Nasreen Karim (2008), Miriam Gerald (2009), Genevieve Emmanuel (2010) and Salha Israel (2011).