Mike Nyamukapa was on Saturday night crowned Mr Ugly Manicaland at a colourful event held at Pavilion Leisure Centre in Mutare.
Report by Kenneth Nyangani Own Correspondent
Nyamukapa shrugged off stiff competition from 10 other contestants vying for the same title.
The contest saw some of the ugliest men in the eastern border city crossing swords for the sole title.
For winning the contest, Nyamukapa earned himself a ticket to represent the Manicaland Province at the national finals slated for the capital later this year.
In an interview with NewsDay, Nyamukapa, who was in high spirits after emerging the winner, said he was looking forward to the national finals.
“l am very happy for winning the competition. I came here with confidence that l was going to win this event.
“My ugliness is definitely God-given and I am now looking forward to represent my province at the national finals.
“l believe l am going to bring the title to Manicaland. I have managed to beat some of the ugliest men here in Manicaland it makes me a good contender for the title in the national finals,” he said.
Organiser of the event, Obey Hove, said he was happy with the support he received from Mutare residents and believed next year the event would grow big and better.
“l am a happy person today. I would like to thank those people who made this event success particularly residents of Mutare.
“They came in their numbers and everything went ahead as planned. We are hoping that this event will be better next year considering its popularity,” said Hove.
At the same event an elderly man, John Marange from the sprawling suburb of Sakubva, was stopped by security after he threatened to go on to the stage and declare himself the winner.
“l think l am the winner and l deserve it. I’m not happy at all with the results,” quipped Marange.
The contest will be held in several cities before winners from each pool battle it out for the top prize in the national finals later this year.