A 16-WEEK journey in the Muvi Television reality show, Ready for Marriage Extraordinary, came to an end on Saturday night with the calm and collected Precious Amukusana getting the K90 million prize money.
The reality entered Season Three in July this year featuring 18 prostitutes or commercial sex workers drawn from all the nine provinces of Zambia. Amukusana beat five other contestants with the ever joyful Mwamba Hangolo tight on her heels, collecting K70 million for being in second position. In third position was Muleya Munkombwe who pocketed K50 million.
Dramatically, both Muleya and Mwamba were initially rejected and eliminated but were brought back in the redemption vote.
Controversial contestant Jane Mutale, who was always enjoying the top slot found herself on a not-winning position, occupying the fourth position while both Precious Kawinga and Sandra Muyaba who seemingly showed good character on the screen, surprisingly got the fifth and six position respectively.
Amukusana said she was just happy to reach the finals, and owed it to God and the viewers who kept her in the competition, which is the brain child of late Muvi Tv director of programmes Augustine Lungu.
“Initially, I came for a competition but today, I’ve been turned in a real woman, I will never get back to the old life,” she said. And two contestants who were not in the finals, Tina Lusangu and Ester Phiri, were granted wedding sponsorship by Muvi TV.
Master Chimbala, who took over the presentation of the programme which is in third season from Mr Lungu said the two plan to get married in November. He said Tina will be given a wedding dress while the groom will have the suit.
The other contestants were Flavia Wakunguma, Sharon Phiri, Esnart Mwanza, Standwa Kaonga, Oxcilia Nkoloma, Alice Muyuni, Isabel Mwansa, Precious Kawinga, Conslater Mwaka, Anna Shumba and Jacklyne Kachingwe.
And speaking during the function, Minister of Local Government, Early Childhood and Environmental Protection Nkandu Luo said time has come for people to change their ways of earning a livelihood. She said women who are into prostitution should take a leaf from those who came out in broad day light to denounce the practice.
At the end of the show, Mr Chimbala paid tribute to the Mr Lungu for being behind the programme. Mr Lungu was a National Arts Council of Zambia (NAC) Ngoma Award-winning actor who also served as Lusaka Theatre Club chairman besides being a gifted television presenter.
[Zambia Daily Mail]