Quiin Abenakyo

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Quiin Abenakyo
Born1996 (age 22–23)
TitleMiss Uganda 2018, Miss Africa 2018
Beauty pageant titleholder
Hair colorBlack
Eye colorDark Brown
Miss Uganda 2018
Miss World 2018
(2nd Runner-Up) (Continental Queens of Beauty - Africa)

Quiin Abenakyo (born 1996) is a Ugandan model and beauty pageant titleholder who was crowned Miss Uganda 2018.[1] She represented Uganda at Miss World 2018 in China and was crowned Miss World Africa 2018.[2] At the Miss World 2018 contest, Abenakyo was a winner in the head to head challenge portion of the contest, and she placed 2nd Runner-Up overall. She is the first Ugandan to place this high in this annual pageant.[3][4]

Background and education[edit]

Abenakyo was born in Mayuge District, in February 1996, to Ugandan parents, Charles Sembera, a Musoga, from Mayuge District and Alice Kyamulesire, a Mutooro, from Kabarole District.[5] She graduated with a degree in business computing, from Makerere University Business School.[3][4]

2018 Miss Uganda pageant[edit]

During the 2018 Miss Uganda competition, Abenakyo beat 21 other contestants to win the crown.[6] The competition was held at the Kampala Sheraton Hotel. The chief judge at the event was Zari Hassan, who also doubles as the patron of the Miss Uganda beauty pageant.[1] She won a Toyota Wish compact multi-purpose vehicle.[1][2] In addition, Abenakyo and the top two runners-up, Patience Martha Ahebwa and Trya Margach were awarded scholarships to the Uganda Aviation School that include airline cabin crew training.[1][2]

Miss World 2018[edit]

Abenakyo represented Uganda at the Miss World 2018 competition, held in Sanya, China, in December 2018, it is world’s oldest running international beauty pageant.[1][2] In the head to head segment of the competition, she was paired with Miss Argentina Victoria Soto. Abenakyo talked about her support for the girl child in her project she called "Fighting Teenage Pregnancies". All three judges voted for her, sending her into the Top 30 in the competition, the first Ugandan contestant to rise this high, in the history of the Miss World beauty pageant.[4] She finished in the top 5 the highest ranking any Ugandan contestant reached at Miss World.[7] She was crowned Miss World Africa[8] . The current state minister of tourism in Uganda reported that the government is in contention to make Quiin Abenakyo the tourism ambassador of Uganda since she has become a global icon after finishing as 2nd Runner-Up overall at Miss World 2018 behind, Vanessa Ponce of Mexico (Miss World 2018) and Nicolene Pichapa Limsnukan of Thailand (1st Runner-Up), with Kadijah Robinson of Jamaica (3rd Runner-Up) and Maria Vasilevich of Belarus (4th Runner-Up).[9]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e Uganda Online (11 August 2018). "Quiin Abenankyo wins Miss Uganda 2018". Kampala: Uganda Online. Retrieved 11 August 2018.
  2. ^ a b c d Mutebi, Agatha (11 August 2018). "Quiin Abenakyo crowned Miss Uganda 2018-2019". New Vision. Kampala. Retrieved 11 August 2018.
  3. ^ a b Administrator. "Uganda makes it to Miss World finals for the first time". New Vision. Kampala. Retrieved 2 December 2018.
  4. ^ a b c Kizza, Joseph (3 December 2018). "How Uganda's Quiin Abenakyo made Miss World history". New Vision. Kampala. Retrieved 5 December 2018.
  5. ^ Mutegeki, Geoffrey (27 December 2018). "Miss World Africa Quiin Abenakyo excites Fort Portal". New Vision. Kampala. Retrieved 5 January 2019.
  6. ^ Oluka, Esther (11 August 2018). "22-year-old Quinn Abenakyo crowned Miss Uganda". Daily Monitor. Kampala. Retrieved 11 August 2018.
  7. ^ Bwire, Job (8 December 2018). "Uganda's Abenakyo crowned Miss World Africa". Daily Monitor. Kampala. Retrieved 8 December 2018.
  8. ^ "Ugandan crowned 2018 Miss World Africa". Daily Monitor. 8 December 2018. Retrieved 12 December 2018.
  9. ^ Kizza, Joseph (20 December 2018). "Abenakyo to girls: Believe in yourself, stay in school". New Vision. Kampala. Retrieved 5 January 2019.

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