Mr. and Miss Deaf International 2019 Pageantry in Russia.
On Thursday July 4, 2019 NCPWD officials presented Mr and Miss Deaf Kenya 2019 with airplane tickets for their journey to Russia at the NCPWD offices in Westlands Nairobi.
The brief event was presided over by council Chairperson Mr. Peter Muchiri, Chief Executive Officer Mr. Mohamed Gabow, CEO of Privatization Commission of Kenya Mr Joseph Koskey, Director of Sign Language Television Station– (SIGNS TV) Mr. Jared Getanda, the winners and their parents.
Miss Deaf Kenya 2019 Catherine Ndinda Ngovi, and Mr. Deaf Kenya Wilson Obange are going to represent Kenya in the Mr and Miss Deaf International Pageantry at St Petersburg, Russia, from July 7 to 15, 2019. This award by the NCPWD is in fulfilment of the promise made to the winners by Mr. Gabow during his speech at the Pageantry competitions.
The two were crowned Mr and Miss Deaf Kenya 2019 during a competitive a pageantry held at Nairobi Cinema on May 30 2019. The glamorous competition was organized by the Deaf Artists Cultural Association of Kenya in conjunction with the Kenya Film Classification Board (KFCB) and Signs TV.
As the guest of honor the Kenya Film Classification Board, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Dr. Ezekiel Mutua. Encouraged PWDs to use the newly refurbished Nairobi Cinema Centre to grow and nurture their talents.
Mr Gabow encouraged the two contestants to give their best in the upcoming international pageantry in Russia and expressed how proud he was to see Persons with Disabilities rise and have the courage to portray their worth to the world. He added that he would be more proud if the two Beauty Pageants came back winners so that they can not only be role models to the PWDs community but also help and nature other youths with disabilities to have the courage to showcase their various talents to the world.
“It is our interest as NCPWD to ensure that Persons with Disabilities grow and develop their talents that is why we are part and parcel of every program that improves the life of persons with disabilities.” Said Gabow. In addition to that, he called upon any Person with Disability who is talented and needs support to nature their talents to feel free and visit the NCPWD offices to get necessary assistance.
The Deaf Beauty Pageantry aims to create public awareness about HIV/Aids, Drug Abuse, and poverty as well as highlight the plight of persons with hearing impairment.
“I am very happy and humbled for this opportunity, it is actually going to be my first time to fly and I feel excited about it. I have high expectations to bring the crown home and be a role model to the PWDs community so that we all grow positively.” Said Miss Catherine when she appeared for an interview on Signs TV.
Mr. Deaf Kenya Wilson Obange during the interview said he plans to interact with other contestants in Russia, and bring the crown home as well and he encourages Persons with Disabilities to participate in such platforms because they have the capabilities achieve greater heights.
Article by: Linzer Kibebe