02 June 2009

Illuminata James Wins Miss Tanzania 2009

Illuminata James, 23, from Mwanza, beat 19 other ladies to become Tanzania's representative to the Miss Universe 2009 pageant to be held in Nassau, Bahamas on August 23.

She took home Sh 3 million, one-year French course at the Alliance Francaise, cosmetics worth Sh 500,000 and Samsung Omnia cellphone. The coronation was held at the newly-opened Mlimani City Conference Centre.

Someone from the audience also gave her $1,000.

Declared as First Runner-Up is Hidaya Maeda, 23. She will be competing at the Miss International 2009 pageant to be held in Japan and China later this year.

The Second Runner-Up is a 22-year old Evelyn Almasi.

One contestant, Joyce Musyani, had to withdraw from the pageant upon learning the death of her uncle. This incident brought down the number of candidates from 20 to 19.

Tanzania stormed world pageants with Flaviana Matata and Meriam Odemba who made strong performance at the 2006 Miss Universe and 2008 Miss Earth respectively.

Odemba was adjudged First Runner-Up while Matata was a semi-finalist.