Miss Uganda and Miss World Africa, Quiin Abenakyo, has promised to stand with the African girl child the same way media executive, actress and talk show host, Oprah Winfrey, has stood with the American girl-child.
Addressing her first press conference at Sheraton hotel in Kampala on Thursday, Quiin said the success was overwhelming and she still cannot believe it.
“At 22, this is too much for me. It is still too much for me.”
She promised to work hard and help the girl-child make the right decisions in life to curb early pregnancies which she said are more rampant in the eastern region of the country.
“But this is not limited to the eastern region. I will inspire girls across the country.”
Quiin said African girls pick American TV personalities like Oprah Winfrey, top world singers like Rihanna and Lady Gaga, actresses and all sorts of celebrities who are miles away from them as their role models.
“You need to pick the right role models who are closer to home. The ones you can easily relate with. I’m here, I’m real and I have showed you what you can do if you pursue your dreams.”
“I didn’t know this would happen to me. I used to watch it on TV,” she added.
Quiin promised she would be the right role model to Ugandan girls who want to achieve their dreams in life.
Oprah Winfrey best known for her talk show The Oprah Winfrey Show, was the richest African American of the 20th century and North America’s first black multi-billionaire.
Sometimes ranked as the most influential woman in the world, Winfrey was born into poverty in rural Mississippi to a teenage single mother.
She was molested during her childhood and early teens and became pregnant at 14; her son died in infancy.
She has since been an advocate of girls and women’s rights telling the young female that her life is much more than what men curve it out to be.
Just like Oprah, Uganda’s reigning queen pledged to stand and fight for the girl child not only in Uganda but Africa as well.
The long journey to Miss World
Quiin won the title of miss world Africa and finished in 4th place out of 118 contestants at miss world 2018 pageant held in Sanya city arena, China on December 8, 2018.
This was the best finish for Uganda in the history of the annual beauty pageant.
Quiin stunning looks, intellect and personality combined with her “beauty with a purpose” project impressed the judges throughout the competition.
After Quiin won the “head to head challenge”, she was confirmed in the top 30 semi-finalists and the entire national got behind her to rally for votes.
The online voting campaign was enhanced by numerous celebrities, socialites, influences, politicians and corporate companies who showed support on their social media pages.
On Wednesday, Quiin arrived in Uganda to a heroine’s welcome by hundreds of fans and well-wishers at Entebbe international airport.
She was welcomed by the minister of state for tourism Hon Godfrey Kiwanda, Chairman of the board of directors Uganda Tourism Board, Hon Daudi Migereko, her family and a team of miss Uganda organisers Talent Africa and Kezzi Entertainment.
From the airport, Quiin and her team were invited to State House Entebbe to meet President Museveni. The meeting was attended by Health Minister Sarah Opendi, state minister Kiwanda, Tourism Minister Ephraim Kamuntu and other government officials.
Museveni lauded Miss Uganda’s parents for raising her with values and also promised support to Quiin and the Miss Uganda Foundation.
Earlier this year in April, Miss Uganda franchise holders Kezzi entertainment announced their join new venture partnership with Talent Africa, Uganda’s leading events, talent and Entertainment Company.
Talent Africa promised to ring glamour, flair and showbiz to the Miss Uganda pageant. After an extremely competitive judging process which at times faced mixed feelings from the public, the Miss Uganda team remained positive and promised to send a beauty queen that could compete on an international level at Miss World.
With Quiin’s success at Miss World, it is clear that judges made the right choice. The judging panel consisted of Brenda Nanyonjo, Sylvia Namutebi, Stella Nantumbwe, Nana Kagga, Brian Ahumuza, Maggie Kigozi and Zari Hassan, among others.