New Mr Central SA sees title as responsibility

Founder of Mr Central SA, Theodore “Theo King” Chikuma together with winner Sibusiso Darlington

At a lavish event, celebrating the second crowning of Mr Central South Africa this past weekend, Sibusiso Darlington of Bloemfontien walked away with the crown.

The 26-year-old entrepreneur told Bloemfontein Courant in an exclusive interview that he sees his new title as a responsibility more than anything else. “Being crowned as Mr Central South Africa is such a privilege and such an honour for me, I am extremely humbled,” said Darlington.

He added the competition has always been about the work that needs to be done in communities, work that makes a real impact. He believes in living effectively and living for a cause.

Darlington was in the race for the title with other participants from right across Central SA. Mr Central SA is the brainchild of Theodore “Theo King” Chikuma, who shared his excitement about the successful event. “This male pageant is the first of its kind, aimed at creating awareness of and eradicating the ongoing violence and abuse against women and children in our nation.”

Darlington has hopes to use his new title to continue to better the lives of others in his community. His Local Inspiration Tour, which focuses on local schools and learners, encouraging and educating them, will continue next year. “Secondly, my #MenOfEssence campaign is continuing as it is close to my heart. A movement that is home to conversations for men and about men. We are trying to go back to the genesis of manhood and understanding the role and purpose of men in society and life in general. This is how we are trying to understand the causes and effect of gender-based violence,” concluded Darlington.

Pierce van Heerden