Edson Mambinge, a 21-year-old fitness trainer, emerged winner in the male category while Ayanda Sibanda 18, carted away the crown for the female category at the spectacular ceremony held in Harare, the Zimbabwen capital over the weekend.
Speaking after she was crowned winner Sibanda, said she’s had to overcome hurtful slurs by friends and family, who have referred to her as “yellow” or “white.”
“I am black, that’s what I thought,” “But then I am always made to feel otherwise.”
Speaking further, she took note of the prejudice she and others like her face on a daily basis, she expressed optimism that her victory will alter such misguided opinions and misconceptions about albinos and albinism.
“I want it to be normal for an albino girl to achieve without it being a newspaper headline,” “They never say a black girl won Miss Zimbabwe. But if I were to win it, they would all say an albino girl won.”
According to government figures approximately 70,000 of Zimbabwe’s 16 million residents are born with albinism.
Both winners were elated on coming out tops at the keenly contested competition which was witnessed by an array of well meaning Zimbabwens and the Albino community.
As part of the incentives that goes with the crown, cell phones were offered them for their triumphs, including trips to other African countries.
Mumbinge will travel to South Africa for a grooming session while Sabinda will take a trip to Botswana to attend a women’s workshop. congratulatons to all albinos.