A local organization under the banner “Gender in Motion International” or GIMI has launched the long awaited Miss All Universities Beauty Pageant. The Miss University pageant is an inter universities contest initiated by Montserrado County district #9 Representative, Madam Munah Pelham Youngblood.
The launch took place over the weekend at a restaurant in Sinkor after which the chief organizer of the Miss University 2014-2015, Alex F. Devine, Jr. said the beauty pageant is aimed at identifying talented female representatives from Liberia to participate in the All African Universities pageant in November.
He said as organizer of the continental event, Liberia is expected to perform impressively in the wake of early preparation for the all important showdown. Mr. Devine, who acknowledged that controversies still hang over who to host the event, expressed optimism that the pageant will he held on 27 November to establish who represents Liberia at the upcoming event.
For his part, Assistant Director of Research and Planning at the Bureau of Tourism, Ministry of Information, Culture Affaires and Tourism, William R. Jackson, reacted to ULSU leadership claims that GIMI has been duly accredited by the Ministry to host the pageant.
Mr. Jackson said in December 2012, the Ministry received a communication from Gender in Motion International to host the inter university beauty pageant and in August 2013 the Ministry awarded GIMI the right to host the event on June 23 2014.
He added that MICAT received a communication from GIMI in which it expressed concern that the University of Liberia Student Union or ULSU was complaining that it was given the right to host the pageant but reiterated that Gender in Motion International has been given the exclusive right to inter university beauty pageant.
Attending the lunching ceremony were the Miss University of Liberia 2014-2015 Roberthalyne Kollie, Miss AMUZ and Club Beer, one of the proud sponsors.