Ms Sarah Pkyach (centre) is congratulated by dignitaries after being declared the new Miss Tourism Kenya 2018. PHOTO CREDIT/MTK
BY SIMIYU WAKAJUANESS
As Miss Wendy Omollo from Homa Bay County logs out as the reigning Miss Tourism Kenya queen, a new brain girl will be replacing her for the coveted Sh1.2 million-deal crown.
That girl is Miss Sarah Pkyach from West Pokot County!
#misstourismkenya2018 congrats sarah pkyach for being crowned miss tourism kenya 2018…you have confirmed how west pokot county is blessed. #MissTourismKenya #WPCcounty #VoteMissTourismKE2018 pic.twitter.com/k94Ymf5J2i
— simba N Joseph (@SimbaJoseph) October 14, 2018
The Biostatistics and Actuarial Science student emerged the winner after beating dozens of other brilliant queens from 40 counties at the night gala held at Safaripark Hotel in Nairobi.
Bungoma County’s Joyce Nasambu emerged the People’s Choice after garnering an impressive 133,948 votes out of the 300,938 votes (45%) during an earlier online voting conducted by the organisers Miss Tourism Kenya.
Miss Pkyach shocked the audience with her wizard modeling skills and accuracy in her speech while promotin her home county.
“I’m standing here to represent a girl from my Pokot County. I’m wearing my traditional ushangaa which represents the dignity of a woman.” She told the judges in front of a packed 4,000 members of the cheering audience.
“As a result, I’m here to use this opportunity to motivate the young girls in my county that they can also also stand here on such a podium and be recognised with dignity.”
— Eng. Peter Kiptoo (@Hon_Kiptoo) October 14, 2018
Ms Pykach, who is also holding three other beauty titles – Miss JKUAT 2018, Miss Universities Kenya 2018 and Miss Tourism West Pokot – further prides in her county as a tourism destination thriving with wildlife and scenic sites including hosting three of the Big Five wild animals as well as the biggest Black elephant in the world in North Pokot at Nasolot Game Reserve.
“I adore our culture and I plan to show the world the beauty that lies in Pokot culture together with our amazing beadwork,” Ms Pkyach told judges during the county competition.
She will walk away with a whooping Ksh1.2 million and shall represent Kenya at the next edition of Miss World in Malaysia. Peoples choice- Joyce Nasambu
Here are the other winners at the gala:
7. Hospitality Pillar – Ivy Brendan – Kericho County
6. Culture Pillar- Shamsha Noor- Wajir
5. Environment Pillar- Moureen Wangari- Mombasa County
4. Investment Pillar- Linet kamadi- Kakamega County
2nd Runners up PEACE AND UNITY- MERCY MWITI – NAIROBI
1ST RUNNERS UP – FLORA AND FAUNA – YVONNE WANGECHI – LAIKIPIA COUNTY
Miss Tourism Kenya was founded in 1990 by Ms Maryanne Wenda who is also the Managing Director of the event’s main sponsors Vera Beauty College which trains students in modeling, hair dressing and fashion.