Zim model defies odds in Côte d’Ivoire, wins Mister Africa Award

September 30, 2021

ELIAS MAGINYA IN GWERU

 

Gweru-based model, Davison Takudzwa Luzane came third in this year’s edition of the Mister Africa International pageant recently held in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire.

Luzane, who represented Zimbabwe, competed against 18 models from across Africa.

Luzane, who is the reigning Mister Zimbabwe Africa International and Mister Zimbabwe 2020, scooped the Most Smiling medal at the same event.

Speaking to Business Times, Zane, as he is affectionately known by his fans, said the contest taught him a lot and applauded fellow Zimbabweans as well as his sponsors for making it possible.

“Preparations for the journey were a bit hectic, but I had a lot of support from sponsors, my director Tapiwa Rubaya and Zimbabwe at large,” Luzane said.

He added: “The experience was pretty good. Africa has diversities, but I learnt that we can only prosper if we work as one since we share the same life, both in success and hardships.”

Luzane, who will be turning 25 next month, got the sole ticket to represent Zimbabwe after winning the Mister Zimbabwe Africa International which is a product of Mister Africa International. The Director of Mister Africa International, Tapiwanashe Rubaya congratulated his ambassador as he also revealed the organisation’s vision.

“We say congratulations to Luzane, well done for raising the country’s flag high. Now continue to make the communities better by fulfilling our vision as an organisation.”

Mister Zimbabwe Africa International vision saw Luzane doing some works in and around Gweru and other cities.

He visited and handed over some goods to two old people’s homes in Bulawayo and in Harare.

He also joined hands with some non-governmental organisations in campaigning against child marriages.

Rubaya also summoned the government to act swiftly when one is to carry the nation’s flag beyond the borders.

“Finance is the most challenging part that one experiences when preparing for international events.

“We knocked doors both in private organisations and public, well-wishers came through and assisted. Despite the fact that our nation is facing economic challenges, the nation came and saved the day,” Rubaya said.

“In other incidents, Davison had to use his own money.  I appeal to the government to assist representatives in the arts sector, for they will be representing not only themselves but the nation on such international platforms.”

 

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