For a town that hardly draws showbiz attention, Miss Uganda
took a chance and headed to Hoima - a first in the pageant’s
Residents of Hoima know that entertainment in their dull
town is rare, save for Christmas Day or New Year’s
But with the discovery of oil in this region, this road
will see big things ahead.
Revellers who graced the Miss Uganda Mid-western launch
last weekend must have showed the sceptical sponsors of
Miss Uganda that this is a town on the move.
For starters, a bubbly P6 girl was first in line to register
for Miss Uganda as soon as the posters announcing the event
hit the walls.
She stepped up to the scouts and muttered under her breath
that she wanted to contest. She wasn’t anything above
10 years and was sent home with hand in mouth.
The big crowd at Riviera Hotel drank beer to the last drop
and proved to Club’s doubting Shem Semambo who had
worried about his beer sales, that he was so wrong.
For the first time, the crowd was offering support to the
contestants like their life depended on it.
That won their favourite contestant, Caroline Nyangoma,
the popular vote and eventually the crown.
Not new to regional contests, the 20-year-old twins Nyangoma
and her sister Jocelyn Nyakato first came to the Miss Uganda
scene during the Eastern Regional contest in Mbale. By the
end of the Mbale show, Nyakato was in tears having lost
the crown to a more confident Norah Akwi.
“I can’t believe this,” she said sobbing,
her dream gone with the night. Or so I thought. “I
put a lot of work in this. I even quit my job.”
When the pageant moved to Hoima, the same twins were among
the eight contestants, working harder and smarter. They
had lost some weight, designed better creative outfits and
even changed their nail vanish. Talk of new wine in old
They had confidence on stage, the crowd loved them, and
they gave more sensible answers.
When Nyakato was called to the front as the second runner
up, she sighed with relief. First runner up went to a plus
size Diana Kahunde, who was the sunshine on stage. She knows
she is fleshy but she also knows that she is the ideal African
woman, commanding presence on stage.
“A Ugandan woman is not a toothpick; she is me. That
is why my weight doesn’t bother me at all,”
Kahunde said during a press conference.
Solaya Zalwango, the Executive Director of Miss Uganda,
crowned Nyangoma Miss Uganda Midwest.
“She was very articulate and lively this time round,
she gave the best answer at the Q&A session and she
communicated without looking frozen.”
Asked about the legitimacy of contestants competing in
different regions, Zalwango said if a contestant feels they
can do better, there is no law against trying again.
“I knew I could prove myself and I did that, I wanted
to go an extra mile and I have achieved what I wanted,”
She won a Nokia phone from Uganda Telecom, a Bell Lager
hamper and Gas cooker.
Shalita Kawa, one of the revellers, also won a fully paid
trip for two to Zanzibar courtesy of Air Uganda. The night
was crowned with performances from Ronald Mayinja and Moses