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10 Feb 2016

From Rwanda :Rahamatali withdraws from Miss Rwanda race

Naima Rahamatali chats with her fellow contestant Peace Kwizera at Sports View Hotel during Kigali auditions. (Faustin Niyigena)
By: Julius Bizimungu Naima Rahamatali has pulled out of the Miss Rwanda 2016 race to attend to her hospitalised father. Rahamatali made the announcement on Facebook yesterday.
“It is with immense sadness that I withdraw from the competition. My father has fallen extremely ill and my presence by his side is needed. I wish all the ladies a wonderful continuation on this journey. I would also like to thank everyone who supported me and encouraged me during my journey in Miss Rwanda 2016. Thank you,” read a post on her Facebook wall.
While she has lived in Canada most of her life and just came back to the country a week before the auditions, Rahamatali was able to convince the judges that she deserved a spot, even with her limited ability to speak Kinyarwanda–a key requirement.
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Naima Rahamatali poses for a picture before the auditions on January 23. (Faustin Niyigena)
Rahamatali was among the nine girls from Kigali who were given passes out of sixteen girls who showed up during the auditions that took place at Sports View Hotel in Remera last month.
The judges referred to her as a proud Rwandan, noting that it is good to have a contestant like her because it shows society that the concept of Miss Rwanda isn’t only for those based in Rwanda, but even Rwandans living in Diaspora.
Miss Rwanda organisers said they received Rahamatali’s request to withdrawal.
“It’s sad that she’s left the competition due to her dad’s illness. We were told that her father is extremely ill and that she needs to be there. She’s flying out this evening. However, the competition will continue,” noted Dieudonné Ishimwe, the Chief Executive Officer of Rwanda Inspiration Back Up, the organisers of the pageant on Tuesday.
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Rahamatali answers a question from the judges as her fellow contestants Olive (L) and Peace look on. (Faustin Niyigena)
Rahamatali, who is 1.71m tall and weighs 66.3kgs, was born in 1992. Her goal was to empower young girls and help them speak confidently, noting that most of them have a lot of potential.
She was crowned second runner up in the Miss Afrique Montréal beauty pageant in Canada in 2015.

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