My name is Hannah Chiwenda, a 25-year-old international commercial model who has also recently completed a bachelor’s degree in commerce from LISOF Fashion School.
Why are you competing for Miss Africa Calabar 2020?
I chose to compete in the prestigious Miss Africa Calabar 2020 pageant because I wanted to be part of an organization that aims to unite humanity and promote Africa. The Miss Africa organization strives to empower young women through their platform to become active participants that drive positive change in their communities. This will provide me with the opportunity to inspire other young Africans to follow their passion and use it to better themselves and others around them.
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?
The COVID 19 pandemic has caused a lot of disruptions in how we conduct our daily lives and businesses, it has exposed the economic divide that has existed in our African communities over the years.
Coming from an entrepreneurship background, I have seen how difficult it has been to operate during this time, but I think the new normal has exposed us to new opportunities such as using e-commerce platforms like Travvcpty, an African mobile application, and platform that aims to facilitate trade through e-commerce. I believe we can leverage these opportunities to enhance our businesses and relationships.
I think this may help in promoting trade across the continent and foster economic growth and development which may assist in narrowing the economic divide.
What would you do with the prize money should you win and what project would you take on to impact Africa at large?
As an advocate for entrepreneurship, I have seen the benefits of entrepreneurship on attaining financial freedom, however, I have also witnessed the challenges of succeeding at it.
If I win, I would like to inspire young Africans to follow their passion and take up entrepreneurship so that they could be job creators for other Africans and not job seekers.
Working hand in hand with the Miss Africa organization would grant me the opportunity to partner with like-minded organizations such as the Commonwealth Alliance of Young Entrepreneurs which aims to give young entrepreneurs a voice with policymakers to enhance the entrepreneurship environment in Africa.
I believe this would foster a network for support and sharing of experiences from different African countries which can assist in identifying barriers and formulating solutions to societal issues such as disunity and unemployment.