"I’ve been experiencing a plethora of emotions. I cannot wait to see what God has in store for me and my (Miss Uganda North America) team."
PIC: Kushemererwa (second right) received a warm welcom at Entebbe Airport (Courtesy photo)
KAMPALA - Yvonne Kushemererwa, the 2017/18 Miss Uganda North America, is in Uganda to promote local tourism.
The 25-year-old mental health advocate is based in Vancouver, British Columbia - a South Western province of Canada.
She won the 2017 Miss Uganda North America Beauty Pageant that took place at the Miami Intercontinental Hotel in September last year, during the Ugandan North American Association (UNAA) Convention in Miami, Florida.
A former XFM presenter, Kushemererwa, who jetted into the country Sunday night, will embark on a tour of Uganda, dubbed the 2018 Miss Uganda North America Cares Tour.
The annual tour, a two-week tourism, culture and charity effort, is Kushemererwa's gift from the Miss Uganda North America Leadership Programme, run by Miss Uganda North America under the UNAA.
"I've been experiencing a plethora of emotions ...," Yvonne said upon arrival.
"I cannot wait to see what God has in store for me and my (Miss Uganda North America) team."
"The Cares Tour is an opportunity for the 2017/18 Miss Uganda North America to shine an international spotlight on her mother country and use her voice to champion good causes," Tibba Murungi Kabugu, Miss Uganda North America President, said.
Kabugu flew in a day before Kushemererwa.
She said Kushemererwa is accompanied by visitors from North America and other places all over the world on the tour, which is going to involve her exploration of Uganda's nature, wildlife and oldest cultures, charity work, and women empowerment activities.
"It is very exciting that this year, Miss Uganda North America has lived up to its promise of being a leadership programme. This is the first time that we have done such a thing and it will go a long way to connect Ugandans in North America to their roots while supporting Ugandan tourism and Ugandan businesses," Kabugu said.
On her tour, Kushemererwa will visit Toro Kingdom, Queen Elizabeth National Park, Kibaale Forest National Park and Jinja town.
She will also make a stop at Kyaninga Child Development Centre to deliver toys, wheelchairs and scholastic aid from the Ugandan community in North America.
The beauty queen will also do a book reading and deliver books to the Ella Foundation in Jinja town. Her last stop will be the LadiesFirst! Forum for Women in Leadership slated for January 19.