Finally, it happened! The long awaited Mr. and Miss Chiromo Campus of the University of Nairobi went down this Friday at Millennium Hall 1, in the College of Biological and Physical Sciences, Chiromo.
The event, organized by the current Mr. UoN, Benjamin Opiyo and the Organization of Nairobi University Science Students (ONUSS), was a huge success, featuring some big names in the entertainment industry; Dr. Ofweneke, DK Kwenye Beat and some of the finest deejays in Kenya. Big names in the modeling industry were also in attendance; Mike Saruni, Paynette Nyawara and Josiah who also happened to be the judges of the glamorous event.
The night started with a few hitches, power failure and a few drunk and disorderly students causing panic to the attendees. But after the power issue was sorted out, all went back to normal.
Students seem to have prepared for this day very well, as evident in the beautiful and glamorous outfits they were dressed in. Luckily for them, there was a red carpet, where they took turns having their photos taken.
The MC of the night, Dr. Ofweneke, didn’t disappoint either as his jokes left the audience in stitches. DK Kwenye Beat also gave a performance that would be termed as one of his best, along with his dance crew.
The show commenced with the introduction category, basically meant to familiarize the contestants with the audience. For this category, they were all in black tops and bottoms meant to bring out simplicity and uniformity. However, it was clear that for some of the contestants, ‘simple’ wasn’t a word that would apply to them. Despite being in all black, they made themselves stand out by pimping their outfits, probably to remind the audience and fellow contestants that it was a competition, and they were in it to win it.
The next category was the casual wear, followed by the professional wear, African/traditional wear, creative wear then finally dinner. Of all these, the most interesting categories were the, professional, creative and dinner. This is due to the fact the contestants were required to show their creativity and uniqueness in order to earn points. And boy, did they outdo each other!!
In the dinner category, especially, they were in pairs, except for a few who had to remain ‘single’ because of the unbalanced number of males and females in the competition. They took turns showing each other romance and acting like they were so deep in love. For the ‘single’ ones, they had a hard time showing the audience how much love they had for themselves and the audience! Lol!
Then it was time to know the finalists, and especially the winners. As usual, they were all lined up on stage, and anyone who’s ever been in a beauty pageant before will tell you that this is the tensest moment of the show. Some of the contestants were clearly sweating despite the cold!
Anyway, just before the winners were announced, lights suddenly went off, people started fighting and throwing alcohol and soda bottles at each other. This took a while before the show resumed, thanks to the security guys who intervened and locked up the guys who were fighting.
When the show resumed, the judges hurriedly announced the winners, probably for fear of further chaos.
Lyimmo Magani and Gladys Muthoni scooped the top positions amid wild cheers from the crowd. The finalists got gift vouchers and a free portfolio from Luxperio agency among other gifts.
Despite the little hitches here and there, the show was simply amazing. It was definitely worth missing a Valentine’s date forJ.
BY JOSEPHINE OTIENO