It was a great combination of art, music and fashion at the 2015 Mr and Miss Environment pageant, an annual fashion show that picks champions for the environment who are charged with sensitizing Kenyans on the importance of conserving the environment.
At the onset of the eventful day, learners from primary, high schools and universities gathered at the National Museums of Kenya’s auditorium in Nairobi, to witness the fusing of beauty and love for the environment during the World Environment Day; a day celebrated on the 5th of June every year.
The entertaining event kicked off with talent display by students in primary and high school who were cheered on by the full house, as they shared song, dance and poetry, all in the name of championing the care of the environment.
Thereafter, the team held a mini fashion show for the primary and high school students who were given the opportunity to showcase their runway skills and their ability to respond to queries on the how institutions can conserve the environment.
“We though it wise to expose these young kids to the needs and importance of caring of the environment,” shared Denis Ngala, Trust for Indigenous Culture and Health. (TICAH).
The top three students from primary and high schools were gifted with certificates and various gifts from the event sponsors and were tasked to lead their respective environmental clubs in conservation initiatives across the country.
Thereafter, the main contest consisting of university students kicked off; an exciting catwalk consisting of African wear, dinner wear and the creative wear catwalk that saw the contestants adorn creative pieces made out of recycled material such as paper and plastic.
“The universities competition was a true reflection of how we can incorporate fashion in environmental conservation efforts by choosing individuals who are keen to sensitize others on protecting the earth. Indeed, the winners are expected to be servants of the environment up until we pick next year’s champions.” shared Kennedy Kamero, CSR Lead, Zetech University, who was also a judge at the show.
Following a heated contest amid entertainment by a host of artists including Felix Amuray, lyrical twisters, the Art and Music group for the environment and various university dancers and musicians, the four judges selected the six top models who were then taken through a question and answer session on environmental matters.
After a thorough analysis of all elements that make the perfect environment ambassador, Cliff Adagi of Egerton University and Moraa Ondieki of Mount Kenya University were selected as the overall winners. The 1st and 2nd Runners Up positions were dominated by Zetech University contestants – Lawrence Muriuki, Jemima Night and Babyl Haroun.
The show’s judges included the current Miss Universe Kenya Gaylyne Ayugi, 1st Runners Up: Miss World Kenya Lucy Wangeshi, professional model and choreographer Ken Makanga and Kenneth Kamero of Zetech University. In addition, the show incorporated observers of the process who included Brian Waswala, Environmental Education Specialist, United Nations Environment Programme and Dr. Dionysious Kiambi, Executive Director, African Biodiversity Conservation and Innovations Centre.
Speaking at the event, National Museums of Kenya Director General Dr. Mzalendo Kibunjia applauded the students for their efforts in pushing for environmental conservation and urged the winners to stay focused on the cause and serve as great ambassadors of change in the county.
The pageant was organized by the university in partnership with the National Museums of Kenya, TICAH, Valentine Cake House and Beauty Point.