Miss Tourism Tooro was yesterday crowned at a ceremony in Fort Portal. Alinda Jovia aged 22, a student at Makerere University was crowned winner after beating 10 contestants. Scovia emerged best after winning the answer and question and cultural wear session.
Ritah Kajumba and Rosette Kangume emerged first and second runner-up respectively. The winner was crowned by the Queen Mother, Best Kemigisa who handed her a gift pack and bouquet of flowers. The three girls will compete at the grand finale to be held in Kampala next month. The contestants included university students, graduates and other people.
The Miss Tourism Tooro pageant which was organized under the theme, “Tooro Kokasemera” saw contestants take on different challenges and tasks. The contestants were asked questions about current affairs, the Tooro culture and tourism. Some of the contestants were asked who the current Prime Minister of Uganda is and they sai it was Amama Mbabazi, throwing the guests to bouts of laughters.
The judges also asked the contestants to explain how to prepare Millet and Firinda, which is the Batooro’s cherished delicacy.
Scovia said that she will use her new position to promote Tooro’s tourism sites which have been neglected, citing the Karambi royal tombs. Scovia said that she will work with the kingdom to ensure that the tombs are renovated and become popular with tourists.
The Miss Tourism Tooro event comes after similar pageants were held in other regions in the country. In the past the contestants were picked from only the central region.
The winner of the 2014 Miss Tourism Uganda will become a key tourism ambassador for Uganda for one year and help promote the country in the region and abroad. The winner will also represent Uganda at the Miss Tourism International event in Malaysia.