“My life will never be the same,” were the words Leah Kagasa told me when I sat down with her after she was crowned Miss Uganda 2106 last Sunday morning at Kampala Serena hotel.
The Tooro beauty queen emerged winner out of the 21 contestants and will now represent Uganda at Miss World, hoping for better results than her predecessors.
Reaching her was no easy feat. Uganda’s beauty queen went to St Helen’s primary school, Bweranyangi Girls School, and Maryhill High School for A level. She has just completed her undergraduate degree at Makerere University Business School in computer engineering and is awaiting graduation in January.
Kagasa admits she is yet to come to terms with her new life that includes her every move being scrutinised and having her pictures taken all the time.
Well, according to Miss Uganda CEO Brenda Nanyonjo, Kagasa had better get used to her new life, because “we are starting training for Miss World next week and this time we want to make the finalists list. Our girl can compete at any level”.
Kagasa also won Miss Popularity. Former contestant Sylvia Namutebi who was one of the judges, says: “Leah has everything needed at Miss World; she has the height, body, fitness and, most of all, the brains.”
The Miss World grand finale is on December 17 in Washington DC. The other judges for the evening were Doreen Kahangwe, Joan Mirembe, and Elizabeth Kyomugisha-Mushabe, who have also vowed to help Kagasa ace the Miss World pageant.
Sauti Ya Africa had a brief performance at Serena, while 2013 first runner-up Anita Kyalimpa aka Fabiola did great as the MC. Naava Gray nailed it with her Nteredde hit, as the audience sang along.