ENTEBBE – President Museveni has praised Quiin Abenakyo the reigning Miss Uganda for being crowned Miss World Africa and 2nd Runner up at the 68th edition of Miss World pageant, that was held on 8 December 2018 at the Sanya City Arena in Sanya, China.
Abenakyo, who flew in alongside her chaperone Brenda Nanyonjo aboard an Emirates flight, was received in an aura of honour befitting a continental beauty queen.
“I congratulate our muzukulu on these accolades and also salute her for recently completing her university degree course. She is a true definition of beauty coupled with brains,” the President said when he met Abenakyo at State House Entebbe.
The President commended Abenakyo’s parents for raising her with values. Many young people today rush into promiscuity and ruin their lives, yet a little patience and completing school would give them a foundation on which to enjoy the rest of their lives with their spouses, he added.
Abenakyo, crowned Miss Uganda 2018/19 in August, rose to the dizzying echelons of global fame when she was among the top 30 winners of the head-to-head challenge and later among the top 5. No other Ugandan had achieved that.
“I am glad I did this for my country,” Abenakyo said at a brief welcome conference soon after arrival at Entebbe International Airport.
It was an emotional homecoming for the 22-year-old Abenakyo, whose fete united a nation not used to having a representative reach thus far in the international beauty pageant.
“Abenakyo is indeed a tall, beautiful Musoga girl. My only concern is that she was wearing Indian hair. I have encouraged her to keep her natural, African hair. We must show African beauty in its natural form,” said President Museveni.
Going forward, President Museveni pledged government support towards Miss Uganda Foundation.
Who is Abenakyo?
Abenakyo, was born in February 1996, to Ugandan parents Mr Charles Sembera and Ms Alice Kyamulesire from Mayuge district.
She was crowned miss Uganda on 10 August 2018 at a ceremony at the Kampala Sheraton before proceeding to China in November.