Linden Queen Kayshell Jennings, walked away with the much anticipated and deserved Emancipation crown at the Emancipation pageant on Sunday evening at the National Cultural Centre. The born and bred Lindener who is also a medical student, wowed the judges with her charisma, elegance and intelligence. She along with six others were vying for the crown, which was in observance of a ‘Decade of Agro-Guyanese Excellence.’ Jennings, who is a newbie to pageantry, worked hard to become the strongest contender for the night from the moment she stepped on stage, exuding the charm and grace of a queen.
Copping the first runner up position was media personality Chaunte Eastman, she was followed by Store Clerk Donelle Harvey.
Jennings, who was delegate number six, platform was on a business consultancy service called Legacy Consultancy and PR services which aim to transform grassroot businesses into marketable enterprises. She perfectly pitched this venture with the right words and expressions. Jennings took advantage of her background and experience as a Public Relations Officer at the International Decade for People of African Descent (IDPADA-G). She excelled in all five judging areas- Introductory, Spoken Word, Stem Business Project, Evening Wear and Question and Answer. Jennings also copped the prize for the best evening gown which was a golden ensemble with a royal gile titled ‘Ghanaian gold’ designed by Quinton Pearson of House of Pearson. “It is truly an honor to be crowned Miss Emancipation Queen 2022! Representing not only my family but the community of Linden,” she said in an invited comment.
When the winner was announced, Jennings took a few moments before reality landed that she had won the title. This realization was followed by screams of astonishment.
She believed that in addition to bringing her ‘A Game’, the overwhelming support she received from her family, friends and community played a pivotal role in her victory. “Every word, prayer , contribution, encouragement , support , showing up has helped to land me here. Thank you!
No limits , no boundaries, only legacies,” Jennings posted on her facebook page. The pageant was back after two years as a result of COVID-19. It aims to empower young afro Guyanese women through cultural awareness and education. Prior to competition night, the delegates engaged in
a series of African History and Women empowerment seminars and stem community projects