So you didn’t expect to win?
Well, it was very far at the back of my mind but I can say many people had more faith in me than I had in myself.
That’s really nice. What do you think it takes to become Miss MMUST?
You need to be very bold. The title comes with a lot of backlash; some of which you’ll know and others you won’t.
Also, needless to say, you need to have both beauty and brains.
Ehe, tell the ladies…
Most people think beautiful people don’t have brains or it’s all about inner beauty. But when you’ve got beauty and brains, you’re the bomb! You can get anywhere and anything.
And when you get this title or even before, think about what you want to achieve out of it. Do you want to serve the comrades or do you want the fame? But I’d say don’t let the fame get into your head. Dare to be different.
Although you say let not the fame get into your head, you have to feel something as you hold that title. How does it feel?
The feeling is great. Well, obviously sometimes you wish nobody knew you but it’s still amazing. At times I’d go out and people just greet me and others fear even saying hi but you can see they really want to. It’s great when the comrades have your back.
Briefly tell us your experience, starting with your achievements.
I feel like I have been one with the people. I have always been there to offer help in ways I can to those who have approached me with various challenges.
I have been a flag bearer for anti-jiggers campaigns, clean ups in town and school and generally helping the under privileged in the society. I have done six projects so far in partnership with organizations and I have certificates for some of them. The most recent one was with the county government. We partnered with the public health officers for the clean ups.
I have also created the office of Miss MMUST. The office had been in existence only on paper. There was no Miss MMUST who had an office with actual people. So the current office has about 200 comrades who support what I do. Whenever I have a project, we plan and execute it together.
So is the office a place or something?
No, not really. We choose a venue we can meet and think about what we will do. They are a great team that I must say I am proud of.
Now, the most obvious of experiences; the challenges?
(Exclaims) I have had the worst backlash from models in campus. I think that came as a result of my victory. They thought I was just pretty with nothing else to offer. And I also collided with them because most models are all about fame and not working for the crown or after getting the crown.
There’s also the issue about being over sexualized. What I mean by that is girls and especially light skins, are over sexualized; they are seen to be morally loose and beautiful but without brains which is not the case. What follow closely are absurd rumours.
Lack of support from the administration is also another challenge, especially the student leaders. There is a long legal procedure to follow before you manage to get financial support. They have never shown support for what we do.
What can you say has been the source of your zeal as you held the title?
My small circle of friends has been with me throughout. Seeing the less privileged in the society, especially children, moves me to do something to help. And also the longing to be different.
And being different in this case is…?
Being one with the comrades. Not rolling as if I’m above them because power resides in the people. And having done projects that have never been done before.
That’s worth a compliment.
The most special thing you can say you have experienced so far in relation to the title?
I can say the publicity we got that beat all the Mr. And Miss MMUST records. From interviews on magazines to radio and we almost got to TV. Publicity from the comrades as well. Not a few wanted me to recontest and some even once said that if they had a chance to vote again, they’d vote me in as their president. That was when I spoke for the comrades after one of our own passed on.