THE 11 girls that contested for the Miss Uganda 2008 Eastern regional finals had several things in common: they were largely more articulate than usually seen, they did not seem bothered by the legendary Mbale rain that falls every time such an event is held, and they were mostly what is called â€˜bootylicious.â€™
Busty chests and rounded bottoms ruled during the third as the Miss Uganda regional final that was won by Karimajong maiden Nora Akiwi, 21, and she liked it just fine. â€œHow do I feel that I won? Good, but it is not just for me but for all the girls in Karamoja that never felt they could achieve anything,â€ she said afterwards. â€œIâ€™m a teacher, and it is important that the girl child feels that they too can succeed.â€
Like it happens almost every time a function of this nature takes place in Mbale, it rained, and that probably explained the less than half-full attendance Saturday night. But that did not take away anything from a pretty much well organised event held at the Mt. Elgon Hotel.
There were misgivings about the local personality who acted as Master of Ceremonies but, his English pronunciation aside, he did a good job. No â€˜un-funnyâ€™ jokes, he just did it straight up even if the white suit was ill-fitting and he needed a new pair of shoes.
The local musicians also were not bad, except for the female singer who acted like she was doing everybody a favour by being on stage. Were those boos I heard?
But the night belonged to the girls, and for the second time in three events, a pair of twins were among them. Unlike in Fort Portal though, Carolyn Nyangoma and Jocelyn Nyakato were not among the winners. Too big, some people said.
The girls seemed really natural, and the smiles of the winners (Patricia Ayo Otoa was first runner-up and Dina Kintu second runner-up) were captivating, but they will all need to hit the gym seriously if they are to stand any chance in the Kampala pre-selections later this year.
Bootylicious Miss Uganda girls in Mbale