Composed By Markson Omagor
Pamella Aleper, 23, from Karamoja region is now the reigning Miss Africa Golden beauty after beating off stiff competition from 30 finalists on November 20 in Lagos, Nigeria, at the third edition of the contest.
Aleper came back to Uganda on Friday 27th November amidst pomp, glamour, and enchantment as she was received by a crowd of friends, fans, and relatives who traveled all the way from Karamoja.
But Who Is Aleper And Where Did She Start Her Journey To The African Crown?
At the age of 19, Aleper entered into the beauty industry by participating in the Miss Tourism Karamoja. She eventually emerged winner thereby representing Karamoja region in the national competition that was held the following year.
At the national level, the girl straight from Karamoja emerged 2nd Runner Up at Miss Tourism Uganda.
Pamella Aleper then joined Uganda Christian University to pursue a bachelors in Law.
It was from here that the Law finalist joined the race for Miss Africa Golden pageant with one other Ugandan girl who failed to keep up with the heat.
It was in April, 2020 when the contest kicked off and Aleper had to face off with 95 girls all over Africa, with one other Ugandan girl who later opted out of the contest because of stiff competition.
Just before the final showdown, Aleper won the title of Miss Popularity after she gathered the most votes in an online poll that run before the pageant.
How She Won The Crown
Aleper revealed to the media that what enabled her to win the competition was largely her resilience and determination to bring the crown home.
She added that on top of this, she displayed her Karimojong culture before the judges through dance, cultural wear, and stories about Karamoja.
“Talking and showcasing about my culture made crowds fall in love with me and I knew I was on my way to victory,” she added.
Going forward, Aleper urges the government through the Ministry of Tourism to strengthen support towards such contests that continue to fly the Uganda flag high.
“I would like to thank the people of Uganda and my family for voting for me and ensuring that I go through the preliminary rounds of the competition, which enabled me to win the contest eventually,” Aleper says.
On top of her crown, Aleper took home a cash prize of 2000 USD, approximately sh7.3m, a brand new Ford Ranger car, and a one-year employment contract with Chidi Mike Motors (CMC).
She revealed that during her one-year tenure, she is going to focus on fighting child trafficking, especially in the Karamoja region, and making sure that street children are saved off the streets.