Strength, confidence and determination are what 22-year-old Stella Nantumbwe displayed on Saturday night in Masaka town.
Her attributes left almost everyone who attended Miss Uganda 2013 Central Region pageant, contented that she deserved to be the beauty queen of the region.
It was a night filled with glamour and pomp as local artistes like Captain Dolla and Grace Nakimera entertained revellers who attended the event at Maria Flo Hotel.
“It was my confidence and determination that made me win,” Nantumbwe who hails from Nsambya told the press. “I don’t believe in losing and I am sure my chances in the final are high,” she added.
Nantumbwe whose mother is a Kampala-based businesswoman dealing in plumbing materials and whose father is also a businessman, said that she would use her position to advocate for people living with HIV/Aids, so that the supply of anti-retroviral drugs is improved and access to the medicine becomes easier.
Vanessa Namalwa 20, who lives in Mukono, emerged as the first runner up, while Rashidah Namakula Birabwa 22, a first year student of Mass Communication, (who is also the reigning Miss Mutesa 1 Royal University Masaka Campus) was the second runner up.
Damalie Nakyanzi 21, a breast cancer survivor scooped the Brave Heart Award for standing up to fight for breast cancer patients.
The top two girls in the central regional contests will be given another chance in the Kampala regional finals where they will challenge other contestants.
The Masaka events was attended by the Miss Uganda Phiona Bizzu and Miss Western Region Anita Kyarimpa among others guests.
The next regional final will take place on 1st June in Jinja.