Nthabiseng Setena is a finalist for Miss Face of South Africa. The Grand Finale will take place in Pretoria on February 3, 2024. She was born and raised in the East Rand of Johannesburg in a small community named Langaville (Tsakane).
“I entered the pageant to use the platform and opportunities provided to teach young people how to adapt in this world with so many political, economic, social, and technological factors affecting their lives and become the change they would like to see in their community,” she said.
Setena stated that she believes in embracing future leaders who will take responsibility and action, and uplift the livelihoods of South Africans to a greater standard. The vibrant model has a strong interest in the advancement of youngsters and has participated in programs that enhance leadership abilities.
These include serving as an internal culture and secretary for TuksRes, as well as an HC. Chairperson of AOW for two years in a row, pageant director and choreographer, Miss UP Culture 2019 Queen, Miss Akasia South Africa 2019 Ambassador, and currently serving as National Chairperson of Miss Akasia South Africa and Face of Africa International SA.
She began working in the pageantry sector in 2014, and at that time she had several prominent roles, including host, model coordinator, and judge.
“As an individual, I consider myself to be outspoken, confident, and determined. Having compassion in life is what I most strongly believe in. Being a native of my town, I like to argue that I must be the change I wish to see in it since I have witnessed firsthand the strength of our group when given the right resources,” she explained.
The finalist was inspired by this and founded an organization to educate and empower youth to become future leaders who are capable of accepting accountability and duty. To also remind them that their reference is their background, not where they live.
“I think it’s preferable to mentor and mould people while they’re still young.
My biggest achievement was becoming the first female chair of the AOW House Committee and holding that position for two consecutive years. This demonstrated to me that I have excellent leadership qualities and that the students trusted me to represent them.
Furthermore, Nthabiseng was the first member of her family to graduate from the top university in South Africa, the University of Pretoria.
By Sibongile Sokela