25-year- old Grace Ingabire crowned Miss Rwanda

By Jean d’Amour Mbonyinshuti

Grace Ingabire, the 2021 Miss Rwanda. Photo Courtesy
Grace Ingabire, the 2021 Miss Rwanda. Photo Courtesy

25-year-old girl Grace Ingabire was on Saturday crowned Miss Rwanda 2021 in a colorful grand finale held in the city of Kigali.

The event was held virtually at Intare Conference Arena and was live on Rwanda Broadcasting Agency’s Kigali Channel Two (KC2).

Miss Rwanda is an annual event organized by the Rwanda Inspiration BackUp organization and brings together not only beautiful young girls but also elegant and bright ones.

Contestants are representatives from all the country’s four provinces and the City of Kigali and This year’s Miss Rwanda represented the City of Kigali.

Grace Ingabire, a university graduate in Dance at Bates University in Mane, United States will take over from Miss Naomie Nishimwe who was 2020 Miss Rwanda.

It was a tough competition given that unlike previous where the weight and height were main criteria on the top of beauty and Brain, this time the both weight and Height were not a must have attracting more contestants.

In this year’s beauty contest especially at the final. Ingabire faced a tough competition from Amanda Akaliza Witness Umutoni who emerged first runner up and the second runner-up respectively.

On the top of the crown, this year’s miss Rwanda Grace Ingabire will be getting monthly allowances of Rwf800, 000 about $8,000 from Miss Rwanda organization.

She went home withbrand new Hyundai Creta 2021, worth Rwf35 million about $35,000 offered by Hyundai Rwanda.

Excited after winning the crown, Ingabire thanked her mother for always being by her side and her family and friends in general.

 “I am grateful to my mother. She’s been by my side so much. I also thank my family and friends who supported me,” She said.

Ingabire will be working with Africa Improved Foods, one of the pageant’s partners, in different initiatives and campaigning for the next twelve months of her reign.

She will also be working on her project aimed at promoting dance classes such as studios, inspiration classes and dance theatres in a bid to boost competence based learning.

Other crown winners include Marie Paul Kayirebwa who emerged miss popularity, Phionah Uwase as Miss Photogenic and Sonia Ishimwe who became Miss Heritage.

Others include Hense Teta Musana, the Winner of the Most Innovative Project {producing environment-friendly paper cups).

2021 Miss Rwanda Grace Ingabire will be getting 800,000 Rwanda Francs and will be driving a 35 million Rwandan Francs Hundai cab.
2021 Miss Rwanda Grace Ingabire will be getting 800,000 Rwanda Francs and will be driving a 35 million Rwandan Francs Hundai cab.

The contestant with the most innovative project will benefit from Bank of Kigali cash varying from annual allowances of Rwf6,000,000 while the bank will give her both technical and financial support to successfully implement her project.

The first and second runners-up will also get annual allowances of Rwf1,800,000 from Volcano Express and Bella Flowers, respectively while Miss Heritage (IGIHE Ltd), Miss Talent (HDI), Miss Congeniality (Peters Bakers), Miss Photogenic and Miss Popularity (MTN) will get the same allowance from Miss Rwanda organization sponsors.

Miss popularity also stands a chance to become the brand ambassador of MTN Rwanda.

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