She gave the advice during a press conference which brought together Miss Rwanda organizers and Miss Rwanda 2020 contestants. During the press conference, the contestants received advice on how to behave during the competition before they headed to a two-week boot camp.
Ishimwe Dieudonné, Rwanda Inspiration Back-Up Director, the society that organizes Miss Rwanda, told the contestants they should at all costs ignore negative comments directed towards them especially on social media.
"There are so many rumors online that the crown has already been won and that Miss Rwanda system is corrupt."
He reassured the contestants that the crown is given based on merit and on the three pillars Miss Rwanda was founded upon which are ’Beauty, Brains, and Culture’.
"Miss Rwanda is all about empowering girls and availing a platform for them to give back to society. The crown will never be given to the undeserving, I can assure you."
Ishimwe said that most negative comments about the Miss Rwanda contest are meant to discourage contestants and trivialize the purpose of the initiative. "If you ask former contestants, they will tell you they received the exact negative comments but regardless of that, we will strive to improve the contest and reassert its original purpose as I mentioned before."
Nimwiza Meghan advised the contestants not to listen to negative comments when they will be preparing for the finale in the boot camp. " You will witness a lot of internet slurs while you will be preparing for the finale but remember none of those who discourage you has the power to give you the crown. It will all depend on your performance"
On Sunday, February 9th, 2020, 20 contestants who passed the pre-selection contest headed to a two-week boot camp. The finale is scheduled on February 22nd, 2020 at Kigali Convention Centre (KCC).