I am Julita-Kitwe Mbangula and I am 24-years-old. I am a Medical doctor who recently graduated receiving my Bachelor in Medicine and Surgery from the University of Namibia.
Why are you competing for Miss Africa Calabar 2020?
Contesting for this beauty pageant is a personal journey for me, to transform and grow as a human being. I believe in being multifaceted and to tap into my potential I need to do things I’ve never done before. Miss Africa Calabar embodies a confident woman, who is fierce, kind-hearted with the capabilities to inspire people from different nations and social classes and that’s what I aspire to be.
What solution would you offer for the challenges Africa is facing in terms of the COVID 19 pandemic and other health, governance, and environmental issues?
Health education is an important factor for infection and prevention control of any disease. Thus, clear and concise information should be made available to the public to better understand why the spread of COVID 19 is detrimental. With regards to governance, there is an inherent need for African countries to be governed with transparency and accountability. Our leaders need to be able to relate to us, so we need to have more young people taking up office and becoming politically active and emphasizing issues that directly affect the youth.
What would you do with the prize money should you win and what project would you take on to impact Africa at large?
To be crowned Miss Africa Calabar 2020 would not only be a great honour but a privilege. I will use the prize money to pair up with an organization back home in Namibia, ‘The one step at a time’ foundation that serves to assist with medical supplies where the government lacks. Due to the effects of COVID 19, most of our patients do not receive their medication because of lack of availability. This foundation received donations from willing members of the public to help buy medication for patients who are from very low socio-economic backgrounds and are really unable to purchase their drugs. I think this is an issue that not only affects my country but is relevant to most African countries. I would like to help set up similar programs in other parts of Africa that are facing shortages.