By Trevor Makonyonga
For most teenagers, the journey of life is centered on adventure without properly set objectives.
18 year old, Britney Chiyoko, however seems to have already achieved what her agemates can only dream of. Having succefully hosted Miss Leap Year in Victoria Falls, the young lady’s star could certainly shine for myriads of years and galaxies to come.
Born on 18 January 2002, Britney would have been concentrating only on her A Levels but instead she decided to shoulder the burden of making other’s dreams come true too.
Speaking to Bustop TV, the teen model who is being home schooled revealed that she almost quit hosting the event.
“I give thanks to our Heavenly Father for bringing me this far, as I lost hope during my event preparations but He comforted me. I have come to realise that the endless nights of blood sweat and vigorous hustles were worth it.
To my organiser, Miss Perpetual Siwela who made me believe and stayed committed to the task, I’m grateful. To everyone who attended the first ever Miss Leap year 2020 that was held at the Shoestrings Backpackers Victoria falls, the works of a 18year old, I’m thankful.”
Given that the leap year happens once in four years, the Shangane native said she had grown wings to do more in modelling than just wait for the leap year.
“I can assure you that before the next leap year I’ll host more pageants under the project name “They can so can I” and help the less privileged under the project name “Beauty against poverty”.
Chiyoko added that her biggest challenge was raising funds.
“The challenges I faced were finances. I am just 18 but I had a lot to raise putting aside what I got from my sponsors I stl needed to be independent to some extent. Well and some people I approached did not want to help
All they did was ignore but that actually motivated me instead of pulling me down,” she said.
As a person who is being home schooled, she attributed a lot of her will power to her teachers, “Most things around me have been my teachers. And they have motivated me to strive even more. The circumstances have taught me and uplifted me. Adding on to that I believe I have the right looks and attitude.”
Chiyoko said she would keep hosting every Leap Year till she is able to make it an international event. Her other wish is to keep on doing projects with the winners helping the less privileged under the project “beauty against poverty”.
Below is the winners of Miss Leap Year 2020 and the prizes they got.
Miss people’s choice – Victoria Maphosa (dinner for 2)
2nd princess – Shanice Hadebe (20us & dinner for 2)
1st princess- Devine Hlatshwayo (40us & dinner for 2)
Queen- Praise Banda (60us,dinner for 2,helicopter ride and a crocodile bangle)