While Ugandans are still in awe of Quiin Abenakyo’s remarkable success, they will have to agree that her reign has come to an end.
Uganda has now got a new beauty queen in Oliver Nakakande who was crowned Miss Uganda at a glamorous event last week at the Sheraton Kampala Hotel. Elizabeth Bagaya emerged as the first runner-up with Mariam Nyamatte as the second runner up.
The event was graced by the Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga as the Chief Guest, who hailed the organisers of the pageant for instilling confidence and knowledge in the girls.
She urged the contestants to continue with what they have learnt regardless of who emerges the winner.
The occasion was also honoured by Miss World, Vanessa Ponce De Leon from France who, in her attendance, thanked Brenda Nanyonjo, the Miss Uganda Foundation CEO for instilling the principles of beauty with a purpose in the girls and also entertained by musicians Joseph Sax, Grenade and Myko Ouma.
The events, however, took a dramatic turn.
As usual, the chief judge had to come on stage and announce the winner. Anita Fabiola was the MC. She invited Zari Hassan on stage, the chief judge. She was then handed an envelope that had the names of the winner.
And all she had to do was to open it and announce the winner. Anita Fabiola, referring to her as mama, which she claimed it was a gesture of respect, also motioned her to proceed with the same. Expectedly, as those who had been watching her the whole night revealed, she had an issue to sort out.
She was not fine, or so it seemed. The blinding lights of the stage might have switched off the memory part in her brain, and she imagined she was on some reality TV show.
“I don’t do admin work,” she said while shoving the envelope on Anita Fabiola’s waist area, almost tearing her dress, a Tina Brad masterpiece.
Fabiola refused to heed. She made it clear she wouldn’t open the envelope because it wasn’t in her docket.
The contestants watched on, in utter shock. The audience then took to booing Zari. The sponsors exchanged bewildered glances. The rest of the judges watched on, try to feign knowledge of the dramatic ordeal that was going on stage (perhaps to fool people that it was part of the act). It didn’t work. The audience was up in flames. There was no order.
“Zari, Zari, Zari,” Anita called out, trying to get Zari to listen to her.
She did not listen. She talked over her. The crowd booed even harder.
She tried to fight back with the notion of women coming together. To end the debacle, Fabiola heeded to her (Zari’s) final clutch at restoring sanity to the show, and together, they announced Oliver Nakakande as the winner of Miss Uganda 2019/2020.
But the crowd had already chosen the side. It was Fabiola they sympathized with.
“She is bullying the young girl. That’s wrong,” a lady in the audience offered.
“She should admit that she has grown old,” a member of the organising committee whispered.
Could this be a follow-up fight from 2016, when Diamond Platinumz met with Fabiola at the BET Awards in Los Angeles where Fibiola made sure she took a selfie with the Tanzanian crooner which the media said, it irked Zari.