The beauty pageant entitled “Mrs. Tewabech Ethiopian 2010 Maqdala Beauty Pageant” that took place in Bahar Dar University’s auditorium, saw Nardos Getachew, from the University of Gondar, taking home the number one spot. Bahar Dar University took second place and Debre Birhan took third.
It is well known in history that Emperor Tewodros was a man ahead of his time. With his curiosity to develop his country he would try to enforce technology as the way forward. But in other aspects as well his family could be characterized as trend setters as well.
Empress Tewabech was one of those trend setters. Tradition states that she conducted the first beauty pageant in Ethiopia’s history. She was also the first winner of the contest.
Currently the University of Gondar is doing countless work to keep the tradition of Emperor Tewodros alive. His 150th anniversary of the day he sacrificed himself for his country is being celebrated with a number of festivities, one of them being the beauty pageant.
Six Amhara universities were chosen to put forth their best to compete. The University of Gondar, Bahar Dar University, Debre Birhan University, Debre Markos University, Debre Tabor University and Wollo University caught the eyes of the judges and audience members.
Moreover, Bahar Dar University committed to granting scholarships for the top 3 contestants. The scholarship will include a full second degree scholarship to Bahar Dar University. In addition to this, Nardos Getachew, the first place winner will be made the honorary ambassador to the newly created Emperor Tewodros Foundation.
By Samuel Malede| Public & International Relations Directorate