The race for Miss Tourism Teso came to an end last Friday night at City Royal Resort hotel in Bugolobi, where Bukedea district’s Sandra Amongin beat six girls to the crown.
Teso’s beauty queens proved to be so intelligent, which made it hard for the judges to select the winner. However, Amongin, who holds a bachelor’s degree in law from Uganda Christian University (UCU), Mukono, shone brighter than the rest.
Clad in an elaborate orange dress with miniature pots sewn to it, Amongin impressed the judges when she gave an interesting and informative account of the origin, migration and settlement of the people of Teso. Amongin had an edge over the other girls because of her knowledge of beauty pageants she participated in the 201314 Miss Uganda contest where she emerged second runner-up.
The 24-year-old, together with her two runners-up will represent Teso sub region in the national Miss Tourism Uganda scheduled for October 17 at the Kampala Serena hotel. The first runner-up was Tororo’s 23-year-old Betty Nyacho, who holds a bachelor’s degree in quantitative economics.
The second runner-up was Kumi’s 24-year-old Esther Oluka, a graduate of mass communication and a journalist with Daily Monitor newspaper. The event, however, didn’t go without glitches. It started at a slow pace – with few guests – about 16 to be specific. Also, the models manager, Joram Muzira, doubled as the DJ – making it hard for him to coordinate the girls as they changed.
By the time Amongin was declared winner, a few more guests had come in, bringing the total number of guests to about 26. Guests blamed the poor attendance on the organizers who chose to stage the contest in Kampala and not Teso’s home town, Soroti, as earlier planned.
However, event organiser, Hannifer Jeffer of Teso Tourism Initiative (TTI), explained that they chose Bugolobi because they thought it was a convenient place for Iteso in Kampala.
“We first publicized the event in Teso using Voice of Teso radio for about three weeks, but we got a low response from the people. So, we decided to hold it in Kampala since we also have Iteso in Kampala,” she said.
She thanked Captain Mike Mukula for the help he offered in financing the event.
“[He] was of great help and because of him it has been a great event. We managed to make it a small but nice event,” she noted.
Away from the low turnout, however, the girls looked elegant in their evening gowns designed by Brenda Maraka. Miss Tourism Teso brought the regional contests to a close. The girls joined winners from other regions and were unveiled on Saturday in Mbale during the World Tourism day celebrations.
They are now set for final contest for Miss Tourism Uganda.
Source : The Observer