Quiin Abenakyo raised the bar so high for the just crowned Miss Uganda, 24 year old Oliver Nakakande having went all the way to claim a spot in the top five that saw her being crowned as the Miss World Africa at Miss World in Sanya, China last December. Her reign as Miss Uganda came to a close on July 26 at Sheraton Hotel. She spoke to NBS Television about her next step and now Jonah Kirabo writes.
How do you feel now that you’ve passed on the crown to another queen?
I still have the excitement and the people around me are still excited for me.
How did you feel about hosting Miss world Vanessa Ponce in Uganda?
It was life charging. This was the first time a reigning Miss World came to Uganda. Just by her accepting to come with the Miss World CEO was amazing. Miss World looks at Beauty with purpose they saw what I was doing here and they accepted to support me.
How did you become friends with the Miss World, Vanessa Ponce?
We were friends even before winning. She was so helpful with everyone during the whole pageant and when we won the head to head challenge, we got so close to each other and that is how the chemistry started.
What next for Quiin Abenakyo?
I’m going forward with my projects. I have a foundation called Quiin Abenakyo Foundation and now I am going to join the Academy of queens. So yes, I am going ahead with my projects and in this line of charity.
*You’ve set the standards so high. How did you do that?
It was God’s grace. You might think it’s my beauty but there are very many beautiful girls out there who are better than me. I will say that it has been God and the support of Ugandans who supported me through it all.
Do you think Oliver can achieve what you’ve achieved?
I will say that we have to support her through it all like I was supported. We need to prepare her very well and rally behind her
Have you registered any benefits from this crown?
The pageantry brings not just money but connections. It gives you connections and even after your reign you can look through them and see which connection to go ahead with. We work with a number of International organizations and even after your reign, you can continue working with some of them.
How have you handled negativity?
First of all, We are trained in the boot camp but as a person you have to also maintain your self. For example in the public eye you we have many people coming and wanting to take photos with you, but the one person that you refuse to have a photo with is the one who will go around telling people how you’re a show off. They don’t even acknowledge that you might have been tired. You have to find a support system and I have my family for that.
Speaking about family, do you think about starting a family soon?
Yeah I think about it but may be in five years to come.
*Any relations with Kyabazinga?
Well, He is my king. I am a Musoga girl. I don’t have anything else to say about that.