It is expected of losers to grouch and sour grape. But for journalists to claim to speak on behalf of a mysterious section of the public without using any empirical methods of determining whether they are a majority is of extremely bad taste.
This is for the following reasons: Akazuba Cynthia certainly deserved the crown. Her beauty, charm, poise, confidence, intellect and most of all her proportions were unequalled.
True though, the other contestants were also exceptional and a winner in their own right, but for many and in the opinion of the judges, Cynthia had what it takes to be Miss Kigali more than any other contestants.
There are even those who think the most deserving beauties in the city did not participate in the event and that none of the contestants deserve to be the face of our city.
The panel of judges was composed of eminent personalities of unquestionable uprightness who had no reason to side with one child against another for such petty reasons as a foreign language. That surely is to trivialize the whole exercise.
To speak of Isimbi as more deserving of the crown in the eyes of some is correct. I bet each of the contestants have many people who think they should have won because as Shakespeare once said, “Beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder”.
However as those with a discerning eye may have noticed, her undoing was certainly precipitated by her size. She undoubtedly is a bit on the plump side.
To her credit and as a manifestation of her extremely positive side, she deservingly won the first runner-up slot and was adequately applauded for it too.
There are a couple of lessons to learn from this pageant:
Firstly, the Rwandan public should be more supportive and embracing of this new positive addition to our culture; and
Secondly, the culture of losing gracefully still needs to be inculcated in many and should be instilled especially in the youth.