Miss Uganda Quiin Abenakyo has been crowned as Miss World Africa at the 2018 Miss World finale in China. Quinn is the first Miss Uganda to make it to the top 5 finalists.
However, the 68th Miss World title goes to Mexico’s Vanessa Ponce de Leon with Thailand’s Nicolene Limsnukan as first runner up.
Abenakyo is the second runner up with Belarus’ Maria Vasilevich in fourth place while Jamaica’s Kadija Robinson is in position number five.
Top five finalists
Miss World Europe is: Belarus
Miss World Caribbean is: Jamaica
Miss World Americas is: Mexico
Miss World Africa is: Uganda
Miss World Asia and Oceania is: Thailand
The name Quinn
A computer science student, the 22-year-old Abenakyo, hails from Mayuge District in eastern Uganda.
Abenakyo was born premature, at seven months, and had to be in an incubator.
“My mother tells me I was a very tiny little baby, and when I miraculously survived the ordeal, she named me Quinn (from the title Queen). That I was a very special child to her,” she says.
As Abenakyo grew up, the name in some way influenced her actions.
“I did not want to soil my name with bad actions,” she says.
So, most of the time, Abenakyo tried to be disciplined and obedient. She believes that the name has also shaped her destiny as seen from her recent Miss Uganda win.