Lira is going to witness an exodus of humanity come Saturday May 10. The search is finally on for Miss Uganda
Lira is going to witness an exodus of humanity come Saturday May 10. The search is finally on for Miss Uganda.
The normally laid-back town will this Saturday be colourful as hordes of people travel there to witness the damsel who will be this yearâ€™s Miss Uganda beauty contestant for the northern region.
Preliminary information has it that Miss Uganda scouts have for the last couple of weeks been embedded in the northern Uganda districts of Gulu and Lira in search of the girls who will represent the region at the Miss Uganda 2003 finals.
â€œThis is definitely gonna be bigger than last year,â€ swears Sylvia Owori Miss Uganda organiser says on phone. She adds that over 50 girls have registered for the fete but unfortunately not all of them will have the chance to exhibit what their creator gave them.
â€œWe shall only need between 12 and 15 of these girls,â€ Owori says.
Judging by the tone of Oworiâ€™s voice, itâ€™s going to be party time in Lira. A bevy of people from Kampala are expected to attend since the sponsors, MTN, Nile Breweries, Sudhir and Joytsna Ruparelia are all Kampala- based.
Last year the Kampala crowd brought delight to Lira locals. Hordes of people lined the roadside to witness a grand exodus of vehicles from Kampala to this northern district.
The crowds literally cause inflation wherever there is a pageant!
Apparently Gulu district authorities had wanted this years pageant to be held in Gulu but the organisers were a bit weary of the security situation there â€” though they later learnt that it was secure.
Lira has been venue for the northern Uganda pageant for the last three years. One of the daughters of the soil, Cecilia Ogwal was once a beauty queen herself â€” she was â€˜Miss Brooke Bond Teaâ€™ in the 60â€™s.
In last yearâ€™s event, 22-year-old Oola Kottie, then a second-year student at the Uganda College of Commerce, Aduku, snapped the regional crown in a heated competition. Entry at Lira Hotel is only sh5,000 and the event will be crowned with a transnite disco.
Bell Lager, a traditional sponsor of the pageant pulled out this year but before we had even wiped our tears, another brewery, Nile brought a smile to our faces when they announced a package for the Miss Uganda pageant.
â€œWe are glad to join Owori in making possible the biggest party in Uganda,â€ Nile Breweriesâ€™ Sponso-rship Manager William Blick told a press conference recently. Blick promised that Nile Breweries would offer a package befitting the beauty pageant, and that the Brewery will be by Miss Ugandaâ€™s side whenever needed.
The search for north beauty queen on