From Our Founders – A Thank You Note

Dear Sponsors and Friends of Miss Uganda North America,

The Miss Uganda North America Leadership Program successfully pulled off a third successive Miss Uganda North America Beauty Pageant in Chicago. We would like to take this opportunity to congratulate the Class of 2019 winners: Vanessa Nansamba (Chicago – 2019 Queen & Miss Talent), 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. Thank you for bringing your A Game. 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.

We would like to thank all those that supported this year’s program and pageant: The UNAA Executives Monday Atigo John Julius Muwulya Lwebuga Peter Mukunya. Equity Bank Uganda, our Gold sponsor who have now stood with us for 3 years, Pearl Marina Estates (Centum), All In Trade, iConnect Uganda, DOXA Connections, and media partners Era 92, Radio Munnabuddu USA and Diaspora TV. Many thanks to our Judges that traveled from far and near to help us identify the best among our Class of 2019. And special thanks to our 2019 Team of 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.

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. Past Queens have donated specialized 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.

Julius and Tibba Kabugu
Miss Uganda North America Founders

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