The 2018 Mrs Botswana, Keletso Lenchwe has made Botswana proud at the universal platform as she was crowned Mrs Universe Personality last week in Philippines. Lenchwe says that walking the international ramp meant a lot to her and she is set to change lives as a reigning queen. “This is an honour to me and I also count it as a blessing, therefore I am aware that it comes with a huge responsibility of serving the community,” she says.
She also acknowledges the fact that there is a vast difference between local and international pageants. “I have realized that Botswana is still lagging behind, after I have walked on the universe ramp. Our local pageantry projects need to be improved,” she said, emphasizing that she has learnt a lot and she understands that it should not end at the universal stage but go a long way to reach out to the entire country. “
Being a beauty queen doesn’t mean winning and going to compete internationally only. It has always been my dream to serve the community therefore going out there to be Mrs Universe has actually sealed and reaffirmed my dream that I should go on and continue to serve as Mrs Botswana,” she says. The beauty queen says she aspires to visit across the country and reach out to places like Okavango, Kgalagadi and Kalanga land. Her major task, she says is to inspire young women and women in marriages, to help them recognize the power that they posses as women.
“We are naturally beautiful as women but I want us to take pride in that just like peacocks. However, let us not allow our beauty to be just physical, let our beauty be seen in our works too,” she said, reiterating that it is within her aims to see that married women don’t just sit, doing nothing but do something valuable in the community.
For this, she asked the corporate companies to come on board and help her accomplish her mission. Upon her arrival from Philippines, Mrs Botswana was hosted by the Vice President, Slumber Tsogwane who applauded her for not coming back home empty handed. He further applauded the fact that Mrs Botswana brand mentors families, which is something that the country needs.
He added that the pageant should also include issues like Gender Based Violence and work together with the government towards building happy healthy marriages and families of Botswana. The reception that the queen received upon her arrival was classic as she was escorted to the office of the president in that special classic car, which really set her apart as the queen of the nation.
Lenchwe further said that she hopes to motivate women to be proud of who they are, have confidence and also work harder in securing leadership roles. “It is my dream to see women standing out to be the best just like what the national anthem says, women should stand. It would actually be an honor for me to see every Motswana becoming the best version of themselves,” said Lenchwe.