United Kingdom-based Zimbabwean model Nokuthula Sithole, who was recently crowned the first runner–up at the Miss Commonwealth International 2010, says she is set to permanently move back to Zimbabwe and set up an organisation to assist street kids next year.
The 29-year-old, who was the first ever Zimbabwean to make it as a runner-up in the pageant, won £500 after the crown was scooped by a beauty queen from Phillipia while the second runner-up came from Brazil.
“The organisation will focus on educating street kids and boosting their morale as I believe that most of them don’t even know that they are better beings,” she said.
Sithole said the work would commence in June 2011 with the assistance of other local organisations like Save the Children and the Zimbabwe Aids Network which she had already started negotiating with since after arriving in the country for a one month-long holiday.
She said she would begin by assisting 10 street kids and she was proud of herself for taking part in the pageant that sought to empower the lives of people in Commonwealth countries.
“Since I came to Zimbabwe I have been walking around town just to see what’s happening in the streets and of course I’m staying real to my roots,” said Sithole.
She said she could move around with a car if she wanted but she preferred to walk in the scotching heat just to see and feel what the needy people go through.
Sithole said in order for Zimbabwe to progress people needed to unite and help the needy as they were part of the human race.
“I am not going to be taking part in mere beauty pageants when I return but I will certainly take part in fashion shows that promote the country,” she said.
Sithole has taken part in other pageants like the Miss Global Friendship International and the Miss African Spirit.
She studied Development Studies and International Relations at the London Metropolitan University.
She said she believed that her success in the pageant was triggered by the positive points about Zimbabwe that she had raised during the question and answer segment of the competition.
“I spoke more of the high literacy rate in Zimbabwe, the wondrous tourist destinations all over the country and, of course, the rate at which the country is certainly developing,” she said.
Sithole said before the pageant she had done deep enough research on the country because she knew there was a lot to know since she had been away for almost 10 years.
Sithole participated in the pageant despite her home country’s withdrawal from the Commonwealth grouping in 2003 following major political differences with the UK and other Commonwealth member states over human rights.