Following a turbulent build-up overshadowed by confusion, criticism and contradiction, Miss Botswana 2018 went ahead on Friday night.
In a drastically scaled-down version of the national pageant, in which only three women took part, 24-year-old Moitshepi Elias was crowned the fairest in the land – or at least the fairest of the three – with Neelo Ntobatsang her first princess (the same position she achieved last year) and Modioki Gaborone second princess.
For the newly crowned Queen it was a bittersweet moment, her tears of ecstasy mixed with terrible grief as the pageant took place on the same day her brother was buried.
In this moving interview with Voice reporter SHARON MATHALA, the vivacious Maun native – a Finance graduate who proves she has the brains to match her obvious beauty – opens up on her heartache and dissects her Miss Botswana journey to date.
Q. Massive congratulations on your win. Sadly I understand condolences are also in order as you lost your brother through the week. Indeed, he was buried the same day of the pageant – it must have been extremely difficult to focus on the pageant?
A. You knew about that? My brother and I were very close and on the day he passed he had called me and asked to see me.