After failing to host the event last year, organisers of the Mr Ugly pageant are gearing for this yeara��s provincial finals which are set to kick off next month.
Followers of the comic a�?beauty pageanta�? will be pleased to know that after a yeara��s hiatus, the search for the ugliest man in Zimbabwe resumes at Club Mandisa in Mutare, at a date yet to be finalised.
Although the competition grabbed worldwide headlines in 2015, organisers were unable to use that momentum to their advantage last year, taking a one year sabbatical as they grappled to find sponsorship.
Instead, South Africa held its own version of the competition, makingA�A�A�A�A� use of Zimbabwea��s unique concept.
In an interview, the competitiona��s founder and organiser David a�?Apamaa�? Machowa said that they were onA�A�A�A�A� course to begin this yeara��s provincial finals.
a�?So far we have managed to secure eight venues for the provincial finals with only two remaining. With that being the case I can safely say that the competition will go head because we can start with or without the remaining two provinces,a�? he said.
With this yeara��s competition sponsored by Lifestyle Centre Furniturea��s, Machowa said the final would take place in the immediate aftermath of the provincial competition.
a�?Ia��m confident that by October we shall be ready to go into the final competition,a�? he said.
Machowa added that he was still hopeful of hosting the Mr Ugly Africa contest, which he will organise personally despite the fact that it would be held in South Africa.