IT turned out that the number thirteen was the lucky one after all.
IT turned out that the number thirteen was the lucky one after all. Maureen Akisa, 18, was the last of the thirteen contestants to take to the stage during the Miss Uganda northern regional finals held in Lira on Saturday night, but at the end she was the one who was wearing the winners sash. And she could not hold back the tears.
â€œIâ€™m completely overwhelmed, and I thank God for what he has done for me,â€ she told journalists after the contest. â€œThis is all Godâ€™s plan, and I prayed to him for whatever help He could give me. But of course you have to have to first help yourself.â€
The confessed born-again senior six student, who hails from Pakwach, Nebbi District, does not have any problem with reconciling her religious faith and beauty contests. After Dr. Rehma Nakuya beat 20 other girls to become Miss Uganda last year, it has opened up beauty pageants for the others who otherwise would not have taken part.
â€œRehma demystified beauty contests for everybody,â€ Akisa said. â€œNow it is not only girls with bad behaviour who take part, anybody can.â€
Akisa, who wants to be an air-hostess, will represent the northern region in the finals to be held in August at the Speke Resort Munyonyo. She is currently in-between schools, but is expecting to join Makerere College School.
First runner-up was Grace Acheng, 23, who holds a Diploma in Legal Practice from the Law Development Centre and is working for the Voice of Hope in Gulu. Second Runner-Up was Catherine Chemo, 22, a Senior Six leaver from Manchester High School.
The Eastern region finals take place this weekend in Mbale, while the Jinja finals will be on the 24th of May, followed by the Western regional finals in Fort Portal on may 31st. Ends
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