By Jeff Andrew Lule
The current Miss Uganda 2023/2024, Hannah Karema Tumukunde, has started preparing for the upcoming Miss World pageant competition slated to take place in December.
A total of 91 nations, including Uganda, were chosen as of May 19, 2023, to participate in the upcoming 71st international pageant that is expected to be held in the United Arab Emirates.
She stated in an interview that she plans to leave in November and hopes to do her best to keep Uganda’s flag flying high.
“I’m still getting ready and rearranging myself while performing my current duties as Miss Uganda. I am not yet ready fully, but I don’t believe anyone ever is, either, until the desired outcome has been achieved. To me, it suffices if what you are doing makes you happy and that others appreciate you,” she said.
For the past one month, Tumukunde said the main focus has been on menstrual campaigns in rural districts of Mityana and Kabale deep in villages, informing and sensitizing young girls about the risks of having sex, being menstrual month.
“May is a menstrual month, as we all know. We have been in Mityana and we engaged with young girls and even gave out sanitary pads. We concluded the campaign in Kabale,” she added.
They noticed that the majority of the young girls were unaware of these issues, a cause for the high number of young women becoming pregnant.
In fact, she emphasized that many women were becoming pregnant because they were unaware that when they start menstruating, there is a high probability of becoming pregnant.
Having been raised from a humble background in Nakaseke, Tumukunde claims to be aware of the struggles facing young girls/women, and saying with her campaign, they would now be able to make wise choices.
Tumukunde was named Miss Uganda this year in the middle of March, to some of the public’s disapproval.
“I made the decision to focus on positivism, and I believe in the few or many people who support what I am doing. Perhaps those who criticize me and spread negativity will learn to appreciate my work; I have actually noticed a change,” she said.