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How Oliver Nakakande Beat 21 Other Beautiful Contestants To The Coveted Miss Uganda Crown

The outgoing Miss Uganda Quiin Abenakya had set the bar so high during her reign that, the one year periodof her reign ran so fast in the minds of many people. From finishing in the top 5 and emerging as Miss World – Africa, Abenakyo had broken and re-written many fresh chapters in the history books of beauty pageants in Uganda.

She crowned her roller coaster reign with yet another history-making moment when Reigning Miss World Vanessa Ponce De Leon visited the country as part of the ‘Beauty with a Purpose’ campaign in which the Mexican had an opportunity to check her Ugandan counterpart’s projects in Busoga.

The icing on the cake was the fact that, Vanessa was accompanied by the CEO Miss World Julia Evelyn Morley a British businesswoman, charity worker and former model who had to cancel many items on her program to make it to the Pearl of Africa.

The outgoing Miss Uganda Quiin Abenakyo made history by hosting the reigning Miss World Vanessa Ponce. The two have since become tight buddies.

Well on the basis of the above, it was clear she was leaving behind very big shoes to be filled and yesterday provided the opportunity for 22 young and gorgeous girls to take their chance with 24-year old Oliver Nakakande emerging victorious. She was not only considered the fairest of them all, but fitted perfectly in the Beauty with a purpose concept – at least according to the judges of the pageant.

The 6-week grueling period that started after auditions on 26th July, saw the contestants undergo several screening, training, mentoring, talent identification and fine tuning processes that culminated to them ending at last night’s Grand Finale climax on Friday at Sheraton Kampala Hotel Gardens.

The 22 girls brought the A game but there was only to be one winner.

The red carpet affair started with revelers slaying it at spacious red carpet lounge as the flashes clicked away with local television presenters scrambling for best shots and interview space as they analyzed the fashion and style on display while others simply sent live feeds for the audiences back home.

The ever fresh Anita Fabiola and Miss Deedan of Radio City were hosts as they tried their best to keep the audience interested in proceedings on stage and on the  runway. As soon as the judges were introduced the event kicked off officially at 9:15pm with introduction of the contestants who as usual had a creative dance for the first appearance on stage.

Anita Fabiola shows off her skills on the runway.

Chairman of board of Directors for Miss Uganda Capt Mike Mukula gave opening remarks and officially welcomed the guests before Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga did the same while pledging full support to the pageant organized by Kezzi events, Talent Africa and sponsored by MTN Uganda.

Although the contestants showed a great improvement from previous pageants in answering questions confidently, a few still had problems as they stammered and failed to express themselves in front of the audience.

After a tense moment in which Zari who was invited to present the final results on behalf of the judges had an altercation with host Fabiola, 24-year old Miss Oliver Nakaknde was declared the winner  and crowned by outgoing Miss Uganda Quiin Abenakyo and reigning Miss World Vanessa Ponce De Leon.

Nakakande who also won Miss Congeniality hails from Bombo and is a student pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management and Marketing. She received a brand new Toyota Wish car as her prize and will represent Uganda at the 69th edition of Miss World on December 14th 2019 after succeeding Abenakyo who exceeded expectations at the biggest stage.

Nakakande being crowned by Abenakyo and Vanessa.

Patrollea Acen and Mariam Nyamatte First and Second Runner up respectively, with Miss Pulse (Formerly Miss Popularity) results nullified after a mix-up of the results that came through public voting ad will therefore be released later after reviewing by the officla sponsors MTN Uganda.

New kid Grenade and instrumentalists Joseph Sax and Myco Ouma provided the entertainment during the intervals.

Judge Zari joins the winners for a photo opportunity.

 

 

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