Contestants tackle the issues

By Aruna Lolani ,

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TAKE YOUR PICK AGAIN: The nine contestants for Miss Samoa Pageant 2017 with the current Miss Samoa, Priscilla Olano.

TAKE YOUR PICK AGAIN: The nine contestants for Miss Samoa Pageant 2017 with the current Miss Samoa, Priscilla Olano. (Photo: Misiona Simo / Samoa Observer)

The  2017  Miss Samoa  contestants’ knowledge of the issues impressed the judges yesterday during the pre-pageant interview at Hotel Tanoa Tusitala.

From education, climate change, women leadership to the Samoan language and tourism, the contestants showcased a clear understanding of the topics under a lot of pressure during their presentations.

The event was the first judged category of the competition. 

The topics covered included Education, Health, Technology, Environment, Youth, Food security, Culture, Tourism and Women and Leadership. 

One of the most popular contestants yesterday was Miss House of Gold; Alexandra Iakopo, who spoke about the traditional role of women in families and society.

“In order to identify the changes in the role of women and determine the effects of these changes on our people; we have to understand the different roles through what we were, what we are now and what we will become,” she said.

“What are the changes? The change that we see is the transition of women from women staying at home to more women being educated and occupying management roles. 

“The decline of status in women village committee and increase of status and participation in groups such as the now modern Women in Business.

“To me, these changes have made many Samoan women discover their potential and opened numerous possibilities for our women to contribute in the development of our society. 

“In the words of Brigham Young he said, “You educate a man, you educate a man. You educate a woman, she educates a generation.”

The Pageant’s finale is tonight at Gym One, Tuana’imato.

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