Kampala: A former mushroom and poultry
farmer has been crowned Miss Uganda
following a major rebranding of the annual
beauty pageant, now designed to promote
agriculture in the east African nation.
Kalanguka, 23, beat off 19 other finalists
after a competition that saw the glamour of
the catwalk ditched for an army-sponsored
boot camp on a farm, where contestants had
to milk cows and work with goats and sheep.
youth will love agriculture because it goes
hand in hand with beauty. Right now, farming
is mostly done by elderly women," Kalanguka,
wearing a gold dress, tiara and a sash, told
AFP during yesterday's awards ceremony.
Leah Kalanguka, 23, beat off 19 other
finalists after a competition that saw the
glamour of the catwalk ditched for an
army-sponsored boot camp on as far, where
contestants had to milk cow and world with
goats and sheeps.
years of following the more traditional
beauty pageant formula, organisers applied
the theme of 'promoting agriculture
entrepreneurship among the youth' to the
event and partnered with the Ugandan army --
which has major business interests in
great direction because the agriculture
sector has great opportunity for jobs, so
I'm simply grateful that it took that
direction and I would really love to see it
promoted in our country because it is the
backbone," Kalanguka commented.
awards ceremony, finalists were quizzed
about farming on stage.
One contestant, Sheila, was asked "what
opportunity can family farming represent for
the youth?" She replied promptly: "If you're
a youth or a young child and you notice that
your family is carrying out agriculture it
would motivate you to go on carrying on the
Roger Mugisha, a Ugandan radio presenter,
told the audience that Miss Uganda "has to
represent Ugandan values". "Agriculture is a
Ugandan value and we salute that," he said.
Kalanguka, who has studied computer
engineering and science at Makerere
University in Kampala, where she lives, said
she was "so happy" and "overwhelmed" to be
crowned Miss Uganda -- which saw her win a
not expect this to happen," gushed the
winner. Organisers said the top finalists
will eventually be used to market produce
including potato flour, mango juice,
cornflakes and honey.