Miss Uganda Ms Quiin Abenakyo who was crowned as Miss World Africa at the 2018 Miss World finale in China returned back to Uganda today; with the Uganda tourism board slated to receive her back as a heroine. Not forgetting the warm reception she meant to cheer up with the President of Uganda today. After receiving her from Entebbe international airport, Ms Abenakyo will be driven straight to State house to meet president Museveni and the first family.
The His Excellency President of Uganda Yoweri Kaguta Museveni to Host Miss Uganda to State Dinner Upon Return today 19th 2018, Wednesday
The Deputy chief executive of UTB, John Ssempebwa told the press on Tuesday that Miss Uganda will return to the country on Wednesday following her long trip to China where she took part in the Miss World contest. Today she arrived at Entebbe International Airport at 1:00pm, as prior stated my Ssempebwa, Abenakyo has been accorded a grand welcome like no other celebrity has had before. She will be hosted at State House Entebbe where there will also be a press conference.
On December 8, Miss Uganda Abenakyo, made history when she was crowned Miss World Africa in the 68th Miss World contest. Quiin Abenakyo became the first Miss Uganda and African to make it to the top 5 contestants.
“We have had very terrible history to the extent that when a potential tourist Googles Uganda, all they see is poverty, war, disease, Idi Amin. So, anything positive about Uganda is a welcome cue, such that people can begin to think about Uganda in a positive way and visit,” Ssempebwa stated.
“This lady got a lot of audience when she was at the Miss World contest. She therefore becomes a partner in conveying tourism messages especially to the youth”.
He said that government is committed to supporting the Miss Uganda beauty pageant which according to him can not be detached from Uganda’s tourism.
“There’s no doubt this is one thing we will support. Miss Uganda is actually an Ambassador of tourism whether you appoint her or not. She is going to be a key partner”.
Abenakyo’s mark on the global stage comes at the time when Uganda is investing millions of dollars in promoting Uganda’s image globally – especially in the UK, U.S, German speaking countries, China, Japan and the middle East.
This is in line with government’s plan to grow the number of tourist arrivals from 1.4 million in 2017/18 to 4 million by 2020. Tourism is Uganda’s biggest foreign revenue earner.
Ssempebwa also addressed recent allegations that government did not throw its weight behind Abenakyo’s bid for Miss World in the days leading to her departure to China.
He refuted the reports, saying that government offered support to Abenakyo but blamed the organizers for not coming out in advance to notify government.
“Miss Uganda is a private initiative. And the problem is, when such events come up, people approach government for help on short notice. Nonetheless, we facilitated Abenakyo,” Ssempebwa said.
Abenakyo, 22, a graduate of Computer Science was crowned Miss Uganda in August, beating 21 other contestants. She hails from Mayuge district in Eastern Uganda.