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The search for Miss Uganda

By Vision Reporter

Added 26th July 2001 03:00 AM

August 4th is almost round the corner, and the much-anticipated, Miss Uganda finals which by all accounts will kick off, full of pomp, pageantry and hype is a mere eight days away.

August 4th is almost round the corner, and the much-anticipated, Miss Uganda finals which by all accounts will kick off, full of pomp, pageantry and hype is a mere eight days away.

August 4th is almost round the corner, and the much-anticipated, Miss Uganda finals which by all accounts will kick off, full of pomp, pageantry and hype is a mere eight days away. Organiser Sylvia Owori says, “we are going to bring Hollywood to Uganda on the night. The red carpet awaits all the VIP's and its a black tie affair. It's not just any night. It's the Miss Uganda night!” She firmly emphasises. If Owori's words are to be taken to heart, and her capability to deliver which has already been proven, it indeed will be such a night, and without a doubt a night to remember. For Lillian Achom, above, who flew into the country last Sunday and who's reign as Miss Uganda has way exceeded the one-year limit, albeit not her fault, realisation must have finally set in that her extended tour of duty is soon to be no more. Whether she will shed a tear on the night as she hands over the crown remains to be seen. It has been a long route to get to this stage. The search for Miss Uganda and its bandwagon of media, stage builders, Bell, MTN, Sudhir and Jyostna Ruparelia and TV Africa kicked off on a rainy and cold night in Mbale. It moved up to Lira where it rained yet again, and then on to Jinja, veering south to Mbarara - the land of 'milk and honey', and finally culminating in a glittering bash at Crane Chambers for the final selection. Though the rains may have marred Mbale, Lira, Jinja and Mbarara, one thing it could not mar, were the spirits of the girls who took part and the crowds who turned up. The 24 finalists are now holed up in Speke Resort Munyonyo for a one-month residential training programme. To date, the girls have visited the Uganda Waragi Plant, Sanyu Babies Home, Mulago Cancer Institute, MTN and Bulago Islands. For the eventual winner, there is a lot more at stake than just the Miss Uganda Crown. They are also fighting for the chance to fly down to South Africa later on during the year to represent Uganda in the Miss World contest. And who will replace Achom? The 24 finalists a raring to go and here are their profiles. May the best girl win. Story by Timothy Bukumunhe and photographs by Matthias Mugisha in Munyonyo

The search for Miss Uganda

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