They say beauty with brains makes a successful woman; indeed, it earned Uganda’s Quiin Abenakyo a spotlight in the ongoing Miss World finals in China.
Abenakyo 22 completed her bachelor’s degree in business computing at Makerere University Business School (MUBS) this year.
Facing off in a head to head challenge against Argentina’s Victoria Soto, where 10 spots for the Final 30 were up for grabs, Uganda’s Abenakyo drummed up support for the girl child in a project titled ‘Fighting Teenage Pregnancies’ that earned her a round of applause from both the judges and the crowd.
Here is Uganda’s pride 90 sec speech
‘Educate a girl child, educate an entire community’
“Good evening ladies and gentlemen. My Beauty with a Purpose project is ‘Fighting Teenage Pregnancies’. One out of four girls, aged 13 to 17, is either pregnant or a mother.
This is very disheartening, and as I look at all the ladies here, I must say we are really blessed that we don’t have to go through all this. But we can’t say the same for our sisters out there.
There is a certain story of a Daisy. Daisy was molested by her father at 12 years old. The father passed away and she had to go live with her grandfather, and the grandfather did the same thing.
Now this girl gave birth – imagine giving birth to your grandfather’s child! And this is happening a lot in Uganda.
I come from the eastern part of Uganda and it has the highest rate of teenage pregnancies. What am I doing about it? Together with the Miss Uganda Foundation, we have a ‘Keep a Girl Child in School’ programme, and this is to enable and encourage these girls to go back to school.Give them the necessary resources and skills that will enable them go back to school.
I believe when you educate a girl child, you are educating the entire community.
So, the biggest platform one can ever have is Miss World. I have talked to a few of the other contestants and we all have this problem in our countries. How about we all come together, come up with common goals and objectives to fight this, so that we can stand up for our sisters that cannot do this for themselves. Thank you so much.”
Reigning Miss World, Manushi Chhillar of India had this to say: “I believe it is the toughest to help the community when you have to go against a few people of the community, and well done Uganda, you are doing it,”