First ever Mr. East Africa UK and Miss East Africa UK 2008 crowned in London
Vicky Njoki Ngari-Wilson is this year's Miss East Africa UK while Alan Semugabi has become the first ever Mr. East Africa UK. The two were recently crowned in London's Bloomsbury theatre.
The historical event was organised by the founder Pauline Long and her dedicated team. The beauty contest was attended not only by East Africans but guests from other parts of Africa, Canada, US and France.
Vicky, who already holds the title of Miss Kenya UK, was overwhelmed with joy when she also became the favourite of a team of 12 high profile judges to become the winner of the coveted title of Miss East Africa UK.
When asked what she will do with her titles, Vicky said, "The two titles are bigger than me. I am so overwhelmed and excited of which way it might go. This year something has to happen, something big for the children. This is a gift from God. He has given me the key to open the doors of the entire East Africa and beyond."
As Miss Kenya UK, Vicky will be working closely with the organisers of Miss Kenya UK- SACOMA (Sahara Community Abroad).
The Ugandan born Alan could not believe his ears when he was announced the winner of the first ever Mr. East Africa UK title.
When asked what he thought of his win Alan said, "I thought I didn't have the chance to win. When you come from Europe to visit Africa, people think you are special and rich but I want to show the children that we are all equal and I want them to know that we acknowledge them. I will do my best to help make changes for underprivileged children."
Among the judges were BBC Presenter Brian Ndebele, Confidence models director Nana Tamakloe and The Voice entertainment editor Janelle Oswald.
The sold out show raised funds for Kenyan children's charities.
The highlight of the night was the display of the different traditional attires from Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, Malawi, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Sudan and Somalia. Each of the 40 beautiful female and handsome contestants modelled their creation in front of a very cheerful crowd.
The uniform wear was designed and made by Pauline with an excellent choreography that left the crowd amazed at how much preparation had been put in the contest.
It was a beauty pageant with a twist. The evening wear section had a variety of classic designs ranging from gowns designed by Corset Art and men's shirts designed by Tamara Johnson.
Both Mr and Miss East Africa UK 2008 Alan and Vicky are set to visit Kenya soon to deliver goods and funds to Rafiki Children's Home and Hope for the Child. Proceeds of the show will also go to Forever Angels Baby Home of Tanzania and One Open Eye of Uganda. Mr and Miss East Africa UK 2008 are also set to make history by being the first faces of The Shout Campaign. This is a campaign that is going to relieve African children off poverty in the beautiful continent.
The campaign established by Pauline will involve Africans in Africa and in the Diaspora. Asked why there was a need for such a campaign, she replied, "It is time to give the African children back their voices, we are going to do so by knocking on doors and working closely with Africans, African leaders and not Bono or Angelina Jolie to implement a system that will ensure no African child goes to bed without food."
The pageant would like to officially thank everyone that helped make this day a success, the team, the hosts, the sponsors, the performers and all the contestants of Mr and Miss East Africa UK 2008.
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