Sarah Pkyach Chepurai received a hero’s welcome back home in West Pokot County after being crowned Miss Tourism Metropolitan International 2018 in the Miss Tourism International pageant in Malaysia. Pkyach emerged the first runners up in the contest and was crowned Miss Tourism Metropolitan International.
Pkyach, who is also the reigning beauty pageant of Miss Tourism Kenya 2018 was received by the County leadership, traditional dancers and Devolution CS Eugene Wamalwa. At Murkwijit, the beauty queen was welcomed by taking traditional milk from a quad, dressed in traditional regalia before she headed to Makutano town to address residents.
Pkyach said that she was going to use her two titles to ensure that youths in the community realize their talents and nurture them.
She asked parents to help children realize their talents and nurture them. “Let’s continue proving to the world that the Pokot community can produce good people who are ready to change the world, and we can only achieve this if we take our children to school and help them realize their talents,” she said.
She said she was happy to raise the Kenyan flag, Africa and the Pokot community high and asked parents to embrace the girl child education. “My parents have supported me and I want to urge parents to give their girls priority to further their studies so that our community can continue shining,” she said, “I don’t want to be the first and the last. I have set the legacy and I want many girls to follow my footsteps,” she said.
Pkyach who is also a third year student pursuing Bachelor of Science in Biostatistics at Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) is also the West Pokot County Miss Tourism 2018.
Devolution CS Eugene Wamalwa called on County governments to support talent among the youth. Wamalwa asked parents in the region to value education and take children to school since its only through education that will help transform the county.
Governor John Lonyangapuo asserted that indeed West Pokot is a County of hidden treasures. Lonyangapuo said that the beauty pageant will play a crucial role in preserving the county’s rich heritage and market tourists’ attraction sites in the county.
Also present were area members of parliament Samuel Moroto (Kapenguria), Peter Lochakapong ( Sigor), William Kamket(Tiaty), weat pokot women representative ( Lilian Tomitom and west pokot county speaker Catherine Mukenyang.