UNIVERSITY student Tiyezye Banda needs your votes to achieve her dream of winning this year’s Face of Africa Germany pageant. Tiyezye is one of 22 finalists battling it out for the crown which was created to discover talented ladies who can help promote African beauty culture, fashion, lifestyle and tourism in Germany.
Voting closes on Friday with the pageant set to be held at the Universal Hall in Berlin. Tiyezye briefly spoke to NewZimbabwe.com about herself and why she wants to win this pageant for Zimbabwe.
Name: Tiyezye Banda
Home Town: Bulawayo
Current City: Düsseldorf, Germany
Where did you grow up?
In Makokoba and later Cowdray Park (Bulawayo)
What can you tell us about your family, briefly?
I am the first born from 9 kids and I have a lot of cousins, aunts and uncles that I grew up with, that are very dear to me.
When did you start modelling?
This is actually my first time, although I did organise a Miss Zimbabwe Germany pageant alongside 2 other ladies back in 2011, which according to feedback was well organised and successful. But in actual fact it was supposed to be a fundraising pageant for a water and sanitation project for Smile for Africa e.V., a charity organisation that we founded in that same year here in Germany.
The funds were meant to go towards building boreholes in Zimbabwe, in already researched areas, that are in need of boreholes. We failed to even reach break-even point in terms of the expenses and had to pay thousands of euros from our own pockets. This is also the reason why I do not plan to organise a Miss Zim Germany pageant anytime soon.
How do you explain your interest in modelling?
I love fashion and I am hoping to improve how I speak and conduct myself in public. I would also love to use this platform for networking and, to be honest, it’s an item on my bucket list and I am 28, still a student, so it’s now or never.
What pageants have you participated in to date?
None, this one is my first
You are also a student what are you studying and where?
International Taxation and Law in Germany
How do you spend your free time?
l do voluntary work, do people´s hair, sew, read, cook, watch series, sports currently especially jogging, make long distance calls when money permits.
You like reading – what is your favourite book?
I have quite a few, but the Bible tops the list
You volunteer with an association for the handicapped. Tell us more about that?
The association is based in my town. We have a certain number of handicapped people from young to old that are registered with this association. There are planned recreational activities both recurrent and non-recurrent that are planned where we volunteers come in to e.g drive them from A to B, push wheel chairs, or feed them if it’s a dinner date e.t.c. I get this plan once each month end and I can decide when and where I can help, if I have time.
What does participating in Face of Africa Germany mean to you?
It means a dream come true (one item off my bucket list); it means I have a chance of networking, I can improve my public representation of self as we have had helpful workshops in that direction and, most of all, I am given a chance to market my home country here in Germany. I should point out that the number of Zimbos here is quite insignificant
Why should people vote for you and not any of the other contestants?
At the very least, because I am Zimbo – so out of solidarity if not anything else and I will not entertain any political discussions around my surname as I was born and bred in Zimbabwe.
Looking to the future – will it be taxation and law or modelling?
Most definitely Tax & Law as I am too short to make a career out of modelling. But I am hoping that through this project, I might be able to remain a useful informal ambassador on matters between home (Zimbabwe) and Germany.
Voting link: http://faceofafricagermany.com/contestants/zimbabwe-tiyezye-banda/
Facebook: More pictures https://www.facebook.com/Tiyezye