Venessa Nasamba

The Miss Uganda North America Leadership Program successfully pulled off a third successive Miss Uganda North America Beauty Pageant in Chicago, with Vanessa Nansamba, residing in Chicago taking home the crown. She also declared Miss Talent.

Other queens: Cissy Anna (Oklahoma – First Runner Up), Chch Chemu (Iowa – Second Runner Up), Kamwine M Rossette (Massachusetts – Miss Popularity), Bonnie Barungi (California – Miss Personality), Malaika Fauzah (Chicago – Miss Culture), as well as the 2019 Rise Up Award Recipients (Amooti Jollie Kahunde and Ruth Ndyabahika).

“To our Class of 2019, we had a wonderful time coaching you and working with you. You are all winners and we look forward to working with each one of you as the Miss Uganda North America family continues to grow,” Julius and Tibba Murungi Kabugu, program founders.

Ugandans who supported the beauty pageant were: The UNAA Executives Monday Atigo John, Julius Muwulya Lwebuga and Peter Mukunya.

Corporates like Equity Bank Uganda, the gold sponsor has now stood with the organisers for three years. Other are; Pearl Marina Estates (Centum), All In Trade, iConnect Uganda, DOXA Connections, and media partners Era 92, Radio Munnabuddu USA and Diaspora TV.

Fashion designers, stylists, mentors, coaches and other volunteers that helped to make this year’s event a success.

“We would also like to thank the entire Miss Uganda North America fans for your support. Your words of encouragement, cheering on our contestants, purchasing tickets and magazines all help our program to grow and strengthen our young women’s platforms,” the program founders said in a statement.

All of this year’s winners, like past ones, are influencers with very important platforms that will uplift and empower not just women but all in our communities in Uganda and abroad. We ask you to continue to cheer them on and support them when they call upon you.

Particularly, as Queen Vanessa Nansamba embarks on her reign as Miss Uganda North America 2019/20, flanked by her first and second runners’ up, she will be traveling to Uganda on her Cares Tour, and participating in other activities to help her grow as a mental health activist in our community.

“We ask that you support our program and support Vanessa as she raises funds to donate to communities in Uganda when the 2019 Cares Tour is announced,” founders said.

Past Queens have donated specialised wheelchairs, scholastic materials, books and cash to impoverished communities in the past. “We hope to continue this spirit of giving on behalf of our North American community.”

We’re forever indebted to you, thankful and excited about the promise of this program’s future as we prepare to expand the LadiesFirst! Summit for Women in Leadership and visit more regions of Uganda to promote tourism, culture and charity.

Miss Uganda North America is a leadership program managed by Texas-based Inzozi Fashion House in partnership with UNAA. The program aims to arm young Ugandan women living in North America with leadership skills and awareness of global issues, and to help create leadership opportunities for all contestants in their local communities.

The 2019 Miss Uganda North America contestants’ looks were spiced up by Uganda’s hair stylist Zziwa Hairbyzziwa, Phiona Batina, Vickie Bonita Artistry for the face beat, Ras Kasozi of KAS Wear, Ipigogo Fashion House, Dainne Ikiriza of Iki Dee Fashions Adrin Gelvin of Chelimo Styles and Edith Muyinda of Byasiima Couture.