Alipotangazwa kuwa ndio mshindi wa taji la urembo la wilaya ya Kinondoni 2007 (Miss Kinondoni 2007) hivi karibuni, mashabiki wake walipiga vigelegele.Lakini punde suala la “Utanzania” likaibuka. Suala la rangi ya ngozi, asili ya wazazi wake na yeye mwenyewe kuwa au kuonekana “mhindi” kuliko mtanzania likashika hatamu. Hata hivi sasa anapojiandaa kwa kinyang’anyiro cha kuwania taji la Miss Tanzania hapo baadaye,bado wapo watu wanaohoji ilikuwaje,kwanini,itakuwaje na mambo kama hayo. Tunamzungumzia RICHA ADHIA,Miss Kinondoni 2007,binti mdogo wa miaka 19 tu.
Yeye mwenyewe anasemaje kuhusu haya yote? Anajisikiaje suala la “ubaguzi” linapoingia? Nini anatarajia kuifanyia Tanzania? Hivi karibuni, BongoCelebrity ilifanya naye mahojiano ili kuweka sawa baadhi ya mambo. Soma mahojiano yetu naye hapa chini.
BC: What is your full name and who are you??(Brief life history).
RICHA: My name is Richa Adhia, I am 19yrs old and I come from a family of five, I being the eldest. I have one brother and two younger sisters and we all live with our mother in Kariakoo. I grew up in Mwanza where I spent more than 10 years before moving to Dar. I just completed my O’Levels at Shabaan Robert Secondary School in 2005 and at the moment I work as a personal Assistant to the managing Director of Berger Paints Ltd. (Robbialac).
BC: Did you expect to win the Miss Kinondoni Title?
RICHA: I’ll be very honest, no. I was very confident that I would make it to the top five but I did not guess that I would take home the prestigious title of Miss Kinondoni. It came as a surprise and I am so proud to be representing the Kinondoni District.
BC: Which Kitongoji were you from?
RICHA: I came from Dar Indian Ocean where I was the 1st runner up.
BC: How was the Competition in both Pageants?
RICHA: Very Interesting. I had a lot of fun spending time with my fellow contestants and we all enjoyed the pageant excitement and fever, I found both pageants very challenging because all the girls were very competitive and it was hard to guess who would eventually take home the crown.
BC: Why now and not previously that you decided to take the plunge into the pageant?
RICHA: Well I have always loved fashion and beauty since I was a child and I was very keen on participating for a long time, but I was under age before that and according to the rules you have to be 18 and above. As soon as I turned 18 I first tried my luck with BEAUTY QUEENS OF TANZANIA which is under Maria Sarungi Tsehai and won the Miss Earth Tanzania Title and now using the experience I gained, I am reshuffling my luck with the Miss Tanzania Pageant.
Miss Kinondoni Richa Adhia akiwa na washiriki wengine wa Miss Kinondoni 2007.Wa pili kutoka kushoto ni Lilian Abel aliyeibuka mshindi wa pili.
BC: What are your expectations in the Miss Tanzania finals?
RICHA: I definitely have high expectations, I choose to take this path in life and I don’t intend to let any body down especially myself. I know that if I work hard enough and put all my heart and soul into what I am doing, I will get far.
BC: This is not your first time to take part in such competitions. Can you briefly tell us the rest that you have taken part in??(Dates & Positions won).
RICHA: That’s true; this is not my first time to take part in such competitions. Last year in 2006, I participated in BEAUTY QUEENS OF TANZANIA which is under Maria Sarungi Tsehai and won the Miss Earth Tanzania title which was held in August. I later represented Tanzania at the Miss Earth Pageant in Philippines and managed to get to the top five best in bikini in the first category.
BC: Do you do Modeling?
RICHA: Yes I do, I have been modeling as a freelancer since 2004 but most of my modeling assignments have been for Tanzania’s most renowned fashion designer Mustafa Hassanali.
BC: Who designs your wardrobe and why?
RICHA: All my designer outfits are done by no one else but Mustafa Hassanali. I love his work and opt for him anytime. He has a hand with elegant but yet sexy outfits. With me he never goes wrong in whatever he designs for me.
BC: What inspires you with whatever you are doing?
RICHA: My Inspiration has been my Mother, Her wisdom and advice has helped me build myself into the person I am today. She is not only my mom but a best friend as well. We have an awesome understanding and she encourages me to do whatever I please as long as I now my limits and boundaries.
BC: What are you doing now? (Employment, school e.t.c) and does it not interfere with your beauty and fashion activities?
RICHA: At the moment I work with Berger Paints Tanzania Ltd. (Robbialac) as a Personal Assistant to the Managing Director Mr. Mehboob Bharwani, I am lucky that I have a very supportive and understanding Boss, who understands my love for Social Contribution and gives me all the time I need for my other activities as well. Although my daily schedule is really tight, I enjoy every moment of it.
BC: What about your family, are they happy with your engaging in such activities?
RICHA: Very much infact, my family members are all very happy for me especially my mother who not only gives me her full support but who is also my backbone. I also get a lot of criticism both good and bad from my sisters and brother and this has helped me mould my image, Not forgetting my Nana who has been there for us throughout and has given me so much of hope as well. I love them all so much and very much depend on their guidance with every step I take.
BC: There is this issue of race. We have to say about it because people have raised concern about you being a Tanzanian of Asian origin and all that.
RICHA: It’s sad that people have raised such an issue. I don’t see why they should, because I am not the only Asian born in this Country. In fact both my parents were born here in Tanzania. My mother in Pemba and my father in Morogoro. I was born here in Dar and grew up in Mwanza so what does that make me? Definitely not an American nor a British not even an Indian. I am proudly Tanzanian and I know no other country but Tanzania. May be I am Afro Indian but I am still a born Tanzanian.
BC: Do you feel offended by the race issues raised?
RICHA: Not really, it doesn’t offend me but it does surprise me. Our father of the Nation the late Julius Kambarage Nyerere himself said once that we should stop discriminating each other because we are all brothers and sisters. I totally agree with his words. Racial discrimination has long past its phrase and is considered history, so its high time Tanzanians bury the past.
BC: Why did you opt for Miss Tanzania and not Miss Universe?
RICHA: While the Miss Universe pageant was going on, I was still holding on to the Miss Earth Tanzania title so I couldn’t participate, then came the opportunity of Miss Tanzania which was after my term had ended. To me both these pageants are prestigious in fact Miss World has even more fans. So getting the chance to represent my country in any one of these pageants is a privilege on its own.
BC: What about the bikini part, do you or don’t you support contestants parading in them, considering that in Miss World contestants bare it all in front of millions of viewers across the globe whilst its forbidden at home?
RICHA: I think I support both ways, you know every country has its rules and regulations, you may find that in the country that the pageant is being held, parading in Bikini is a normal thing, but then here at home that is bridge of respect.As a Beauty queen you have to fit in to any situation depending on the circumstances, but then there also, you have to think whether your action is right or wrong.
BC: Tell us about your love life.
RICHA: Hmmmmm interesting!!! I don’t know if this will be good or bad news but unfortunately I am not seeing any one at the moment. Like I said earlier my life is so engrossed in my work and my plans for social development here in Tanzania, that I just can’t make space to fit in a relationship. See you know tena how man love attention and if you don’t have time for him than that’s unfair.
BC: What ambitions do you have in life and how do you see yourself in ten years from today?
RICHA: I have always wanted to become a successful communicator, someone who can positively affect other people’s lives through different aspects and I do see myself doing exactly that in another ten years from now.
BC: What single person do you admire the most and why?
RICHA: I have always admired Father of the Nation the Late Mwalimu Julius Kambarage Nyerere. He was a courageous man and his wisdom founded Tanzania into what it is today. He was the first Man who encouraged the elimination of racial discrimination and that itself is an achievement.
BC: If there was a 2nd coming in life what would you wish to be on your return and why??
RICHA: I would definitely want to return as a Cat. Because they have six lives!!!(I hope that’s true, that they really have six lives, if only they could talk).
BC: What are your hobbies?
For recreational activities, I really enjoy reading different articles, dancing, cooking, relaxing at the beach and traveling.
BC: Of all Miss Tanzania Since its re-inception in 1994 which title holder you admire most and why??
RICHA: It would be very unfair to Mention the name of a particular beauty queen because I personally feel that every young lady who was/is Miss Tanzania was chosen for a reason, All of them carried the title because they deserved it for various reasons and I admire all of them just for the confidence that brought them forward to represent their country.
BC: You have given yourself to public life as a celebrity, are you prepared for the consequences?
RICHA: Well yes I am. I think in life you have to prepare yourself for all consequences that come your way even if you are not a celebrity. I know my journey as a beauty queen is not a very easy one since I am considered a role model, and this I knew and prepared for before I joined the pageant.
BC: If you become Miss Tanzania what would be your priorities as Tanzanian Beauty Queen??
RICHA: I have focused on three main priorities. One is on Environmental degradation and the consequences caused due to global warming. Secondly, on the importance of education for the poor and needy, third on the importance of our health and why we should maintain it. These three things are the breeding grounds to many other problems in Tanzania, and I feel that eradicating and eliminating them would make life so much easier. All this can be done by joining hands as societies and a Nation and conducting special awareness programs and projects.
BC: What messages do you have for fellow youth, especially Girls?
RICHA: To all the youths I would like to say that “you all are the creators of you own lives, it’s either you make it or break it. Do not allow anyone to create your life according to their advantage. What you build of yourself you build your children”. To all the young ladies, I would like to encourage women empowerment, learning how to become independent is a start…so let’s all join hands, stand tall and show the world we are proudly Tanzanians.
BC: Have you got anything to say that I have not asked?
RICHA: Well I would just like to add that today the deadliest hazard faced by the world is Global Warming and the outcome caused, its never too late to make a difference so we can still contribute in helping preserve and protect mother Earth, because not only is it a gift from God which should be appreciated but our home and the home of our children in the future.
BC: Thank you very much Richa for your time. We wish you all the best.
RICHA: Thank you.