First Lady Gertrude Mutharika excited patrons on Saturday when she paraded on the red carpet in a school uniform, carrying a school bag on her back.
The First Lady turned a model during the Buy Malawi Fashion Show and Luncheon organised by Beautify Malawi (Beam) Trust at Kamuzu Palace in Lilongwe.
The event was graced by President Peter Mutharika who reaffirmed his continued support towards girls’ education.
The President also courted investors to support local designers, describing local products as another tool of improving the socio-economic welfare of the country.
The First Lady dazzled with the choice of her unique modelling gear, which was in line with the mission of the event—fundraising for vulnerable girls’ education. Donning a blue jimdress, white blouse and matching socks, black pair of shoes and a school bag, she resembled a bubbly teenage secondary school girl.
As usual, apart from showcasing her modelling prowess, the First Lady also took to the dance floor to mesmerise the audience who threw bank notes in acknowledgement.
She told the audience that she was utilising her different talents to keep girls in school.
“If we all use our talents for charity causes, at some point, we can keep vulnerable girls in school and make this world a better place to be for everyone. Educating a girl truly helps because they are catalysts for change,” said the cheerful First Lady.
She cited issues of overpopulation and safe motherhood, which Nation Publications Limited (NPL) is currently championing through Miss Malawi office and Mother’s Fun Run, as directly linked to the empowerment of girls.
She said: “If a girl-child is educated, she can be in a better position to make informed choices pertaining to her health. She can become a catalyst for change by reversing overpopulation and gender imbalances.”
Some participants to the show and luncheon hailed the First Lady for leading by example in championing initiatives that promote the well-being of girls in the country.
“I drove all the way from Blantyre just to be part of this noble cause which strives to keep our girls in school,” said Eklina Chapani. n