The newly crowned Miss Uganda is not just your ordinary glamour girl but younger MUK Computer Engineering graduate but a former mushroom and poultry farmer according to our background checks on Ms Kalanguka.
She actually fits right in the rebranded annual beauty pageant, now designed to promote agriculture in Uganda. 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 a farm, where contestants had to milk cows and work with goats and sheep.
“She (Kalanguka) has been involved in raising birds back home since we were in high school, her winning such a pageant that is majorly focused on farming is actually a dream come true for her,” our source who hails from the same place (Iganga) with the gorgeous girl tells Red Pepper Online edition.
“She represents Ugandan values. Agriculture is a Ugandan value and we salute that,” she adds.
“The 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 said after the awards ceremony.
After years of following the more traditional beauty pageant formula, organisers applied the theme of ‘promoting agriculture entrepreneurship among the youth’ to the event.
“It’s a 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.
Other winners were; Sheilla Karungi – Miss Rising woman 2014/15, Christine Tayebwa – Miss Popularity 2014/15, Yasmin Taban – Miss Personality 2014/15 and Sheena Kyoriza – Miss Beach Beauty 2014/15