Leah Kalanguka is Miss Uganda 2014
After months of speculation that Miss Uganda would not take place, a new beauty queen was crowned yesterday at a glamorous event at Speke Resort Munyonyo, 23-year-old Leah Kalanguka from Iganga was the winner of the evening walking away with a brand new car, countless prizes and a the coveted crown.
Leah who looks up to Hon. Alitwala Kadaga for inspiration could not hide her excitement when her name was announced. Clad in a flowy dress adorned with silver chains in the waist, the new beauty queen took to the stage to wave to the exhilarated audience.
Leah was crowned by Miss Uganda 2012 Phionah Bizzu who dazzled in a silver gown. Miss Uganda 2013 Stellah Nantumbwe was absent at the event as she is representing the country in the popular continental TV show Big Brother Africa.
Miss Uganda 2014 first runner is Brenda Iriama who hails from Nakapiripirit. The 22-year-old beauty was crowned by Anita Fabiola. Anita whose curves were heavily flattered in a purple form-fitting dress has been the holder of this title.
Miss Uganda 2014 second runner-up is Yasmin Taban. The 19-year-old beauty from Koboko was crowned by last year’s winner of this title Sandra Amongin. Sarah whose dress with a plunging neckline caused a stir in the audience struggled to relieve herself of the crown as it had stuck in her hair.
Other winners of the evening included Miss Congeniality – Christine Tayebwa, Miss Photogenic – Leah Kalanguka, Miss Uganda Central region – Caroline Nantambi among others.
The MCs of the event were Roger Mugisha of KFM and Flavia Tumusiime of Capital FM. Flavia’s dress and her little ponytail were two of the most talked about things of the evening while Roger was effortlessly dapper in his black suit.
Whilst the event wasn’t as pompous and glamorous as Miss Uganda 2013, the team managed to execute the new concept seamlessly. The concept of ‘Agriculture and entrepreneurship’ which was deemed ‘boring and not fit for a beauty pageant’ by critics is by far the best thing that has happened to Miss Uganda in so many years. It was refreshing and empowering watching young ladies talk about business, poultry and animal husbandry. At the end of the event, these critics were showering the team with compliments all over social media.
The event was put together by Kezzi Entertainment and sponsored by Mirinda Uganda, TV Africa, SMS ONE and Namunkekera Rural Agricultural Centre.