The five finalists of Ms President reality show that premiers on KTN TV station were on Thursday presented with a rare opportunity when President Uhuru Kenyatta invited them to share his platform during the launch of Bidco Industrial Park in Ruiru, Kiambu County.
The five contestants: Anne Waruguru Kiai, Betty Adera, Irene Mayaka, Nereah Amondi Oketch and Umulkheir Mohammed who were elated to stand next to President Uhuru touched on women and youth leadership, their personal projects while requesting viewers for votes in the ongoing competition.
“Leo asubuhi nilikutana na warembo wengine ambao naskia wameshindana Kenya mzima ni mrembo gani atakuwa rais wa kwanza, inaitwa Madam President. Walikuja leo asubuhi kunihoji kuniuliza maswali, mimi nikajibu yenye niliweza. Alafu nikawaambia kwa sababu mnataka kuwa rais wa nchi njooni muone kidogo kidogo ile kazi rais anafanya,( Today in the morning I received beautiful ladies who are competing on who will be the first female president on Ms President TV show. They interviewed me, and I asked them that since they want to be presidents they should accompany me and see the work the president does. I invite them to say something),” said Mr Kenyatta before inviting the five contestants to the stage.
The reality TV show which has been on going for the last six months was premiered on January 30 will end on July 31.
The show which received about 1000 applications from women shortlisted 375 participants who were invited for the auditions in five major towns in the country.
The show which focuses on female leadership in Kenya has set standard for new wave of leadership.
More than 70 contestants were presented with an opportunity to compete for the grand prize, business support, networking opportunities, capacity building and mentorship by both local and international players.
The show, first of its kind in Kenya hopes to empower Kenyan women to build sustainable capacity for effective leadership especially in the areas of conflict management, peace building and crisis preparedness.
The inspiration of the show which is produced by Media Focus on Africa (MFA) originated from Palestinian Ma’aan Television Network’s highly popular program “The President”, which involved choosing a young Palestinian to be the next Palestinian President.